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Marc Jacobs for Interview Magazine

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It was really amazing. And at the time it was a very different set of circumstances here at Vuitton. I basically broke the rules. I was told point-blank that I couldn’t change the canvas or do anything to it. And I got fed up with doing what I thought would please the head of communications. I got tired of playing by the rules. And I thought, The only time I’ve ever made a difference, and the only time anything ever changes, is really when you’re respectful and disrespectful at the same time. Just as I’d been fired for the grunge collection I did at Perry Ellis, I thought, Whoa, you know, this is what I think we should be doing, and we’re going to send it out anyway . . .

[Taken from Interview Magazine]

And here we have the dilemma of innovation. I’m sure from Louis Vuitton’s standpoint, they are trying to stay true to “If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.” It seems to kind of strange that Vuitton would bring in someone who would shake things up a bit but then tell him that he does not have any leeway for creativity. Yet, the reality of the fashion world and the art world is constant change. Marc Jacobs follows his gut instinct and it is apparent that his consumers reward self-expression.

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