Mr Marc Jacobs, the original Stinky Rat, is a very rare and valuable commodity; he is a Fashion Designer in the true and original meaning of the phrase. In these days of hype and burn fashion, it's refreshing to know that an old-school passionate fashion designer in the mould of the true "greats" still exists to pass on the legacy. Marc Jacobs' flamboyant and infectious style is both innovative and at the same time strangely reminiscent of the great qualities of the past. It's perhaps this paradox that makes Marc Jacobs one of the finest designers of the modern age. Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 1963. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 he entered Parson's School of Design. As a design student at Parson's, Jacobs was awarded the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award, and the Design Student of the Year Award all in 1984. While still at Parson's, Jacobs also designed and sold his first collection of hand-knit sweaters. The collection was designed for Ruben Thomas, Inc., which is still intact today. Since those early years Marc Jacobs has gone on to revolutionise the fashion world. His passion and integrity remain a beckon of hope in an ever darkening and contrived industry.