At 15, Jacobs worked as a stockboy at Charivari, an avant-garde clothing boutique in New York. That was much before entering design schools, showing his interest in fashion in youth period.
During his school life in Parsons, he designed and sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters. He also designed his first collection for Reuben Thomas, Inc. After graduation, he worked as a designer in Perry Ellis. Obviously, this label has great impact towards his career and fashion concept. He has launched the famous "grunge" collection in those days. It leaded to his dismissal in 1993.
He opened Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. with Robert Duffy, which is a famous design company till nowadays.
In 1989, Jacobs and Duffy joined the women's design unit of Tristan Russo as Vice President and President, respectively.
In 1997, Jacobs was appointed Creative Director of luxury French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, where he created the company's first ready-to-wear line and has worked till today.
These precious experience in working with those prominent brands affects his design elements and choosing of colours. Therefore, I am going to study it in latter articles