Marc Jacobs’s fashion education began early, at Charivari, the legendary New York boutique. The native New Yorker graduated from Parsons and three years later picked up the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for New Talent. He made his mark with the controversial grunge collection he designed for Perry Ellis. It was so controversial, in fact, that he lost his job because of it, but it kick-started his eponymous brand, which has forever after been tuned to the key of youth. Part of the first wave of American designers hired by French luxury goods houses, Jacobs headed up Louis Vuitton for 16 years and launched fashion’s ongoing obsession with collabs—think Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince. A quarter-century after his seminal grunge show, Jacobs remains one of New York’s most beloved designers.