In an interview with Port Magazine, Marc Jacobs’s partner in empire-building Robert Duffy describes their relationship as “a married couple that has weathered so many storms [but] we are happy [and] comfortable with each other now.” One of those storms? The hotly-debated Dior job, which Jacobs was offered last year.
As the President of Marc Jacobs, Intl. and Jacobs’s business partner since practically the day he graduated from Parsons, Duffy has had a hand in just about every business decision Marc has made.
However, Duffy tells Port that the two have had a few big disagreements over the years, most of which “had to do with [Marc]‘s addiction problems.” Since Jacobs got clean, disputes have been minor. That is until Jacobs was offered John Galliano’s job at Dior, meaning Jacobs would have to leave Louis Vuitton. “We went through a lot of stuff back and forth when they wanted Marc to do Dior and, I mean, he was asked but said no,” said Duffy.
But it sort of sounds like Duffy thought he should take it:
I was asked if I thought he could do it, and I said ‘yes’. It was really complicated because he didn’t really want to do it and they [Dior] were really happy with the choice that they made, so everything came out great. Marc really wanted to stay at Louis Vuitton and I just want him to do whatever makes him happy, and that was all that I was saying to him all along.
Duffy thinks Marc was upset because…
When I was asked if I thought that he was capable of doing that [designing Dior] and I said ‘yes’, [Marc] thought that meant I wanted him to do it, and that’s not what I meant at all, but we straightened it all out in the end and it worked out just fine. But, I know it sounds so silly now, we had a big fight over it.
We can’t help but wonder if there’s a little more to that story, but we’re glad everything worked out just fine in the end. Plus, if Jacobs had taken the job, there wouldn’t have been any minimalist rivalries to talk about. Boring!