Robert Duffy and Marc Jacobs talked about their enduring business relationship with WSJ. magazine. Duffy said of Jacobs, with whom he's worked since 1984, "I don't know if you've ever known a heroin addict. He would eat cake, a whole wedding cake from a pastry shop. I would be like, 'You're the only fat heroin addict I know.'"
The fact that he so clearly means that affectionately makes it pretty adorable. Duffy also shares his high opinion of Jacobs' talents: "When he's pushed against a wall and he really believes in something, he'll come back fighting. I think it's something he's learned from me. I guess that's how I've seen him change. He's more confident about what he has the right to say. He's definitely learned his craft and become an amazing technician. He could do a couture line." Which could be a veiled reference to a certain LVMH-owned fashion house in Paris that hasn't had a creative director since March. Jacobssays of Duffy, "He literally saved my life. As soon as he realized [my heroin addiction in 1999] he said, 'I'm not going to sit back and watch you kill yourself.' He took the bull by the horns and went to Mr. Arnault [CEO of LVMH] and said, 'Marc needs to get help.' He did a press release. He called Bridget Foley at Women's Wear Daily to do a story. He and I philosophically agreed that it was not about hiding a problem. I've never avoided any kind of discussion about my personal life or rehab. I could probably afford to be that way because I have Robert's support." Jacobs also says their relationship is different than other fashion partnerships. "We've never been lovers, like Bergé and Saint Laurent and Giammetti and Valentino, although people always thought we were. But it's a difficult job, both sides of this job. That's why I say it's not about what I do and what Robert does. The two of us together are Marc Jacobs. The two of us together are Vuitton. I don't think without him or without me we could achieve all that we've achieved." [WSJ.]
In other news, Marc Jacobs postponed his fashion show from Monday to Thursday night of New York fashion week, because during Hurricane Irene and the unprecedented total shutdown of the city's mass transit system, sample room employees couldn't get to work for the weekend. Duffy says that last week's earthquake also cost the company time, because "the building was evacuated and no one came back to work," which is kind of unusual. London fashion week starts Friday morning, so Thursday night is traditionally when editors and buyers are en route to JFK. So maybe now the rest of us fashion writers will get a shot at a Marc Jacobs show invitation? Ha ha, we kid. Sigh. [WWD]