Marc Jacobs: Not Going to Dior ‘Was Probably Best for Everyone’

Marc Jacobs on turning down the Dior job
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Marc Jacobs on staying at Louis Vuitton

For a while, it seemed like Marc Jacobs was a shoo-in to creatively helm Christian Dior, a position that has been vacant for nearly a year since the departure of John Galliano.

And while no one knows exactly what happened in the negotiation room, the designer is finally talking about staying put at Louis Vuitton.

"It's a great honor to be considered, and [LVMH CEO] Mr. Arnault is a super intelligent man and a very smart man and it was certainly a very great honor for him to know that I was capable—and not only capable but that I am someone that he would have wanted for the job,” Jacobs told the Telegraph in an interview about the Vuitton exhibition opening in March at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

“But I am very happy to be here. There is so much more left to do and building Louis Vuitton into a fashion company is something nobody else can say they really started.”

He certainly hasn’t been resting when it comes to Louis Vuitton. The company just announced that it’s currently working on its first-ever fragrance with master perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, and a new handbag collaboration with Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama is also in the works.

When asked whether it was his choice to pass on the Dior job, Jacobs deferred. “Well… it's a little bit more complicated than that,” he said. “But we agreed that it was probably best for everyone.”

Back to the drawing board!

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