RyeGPT: People of Note is a new series highlighting individuals who have a connection to the City of Rye. In the series we ask OpenAI’s ChatGPT to prepare a biography and explain the individual’s connection to Rye.
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Today, meet Marc Jacobs: renowned fashion designer and proud owner of a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in Rye.
Embark on the inspiring journey of Marc Jacobs, the globally celebrated American fashion designer, born on April 9, 1963, in New York City. Jacobs, renowned for blending high couture with a playful edge, has been a transformative force in the fashion industry. His academic prowess at the High School of Art and Design and Parsons School of Design paved the way for his pioneering collection in 1986, which established him as a trendsetting designer.
In 1997, Jacobs took a significant step in his career by becoming the creative director of Louis Vuitton, launching the brand’s first ready-to-wear line and reshaping the luxury fashion landscape. Jacobs’ influence extends beyond the runway, as he is an active participant in New York’s vibrant cultural and fashion scenes.
In March 2019, Marc Jacobs expanded his horizons by acquiring the Max Hoffman House in Rye, New York, a magnificent architectural work designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This purchase, amounting to $9.175 million, from former owners Alice and Thomas Tisch, reflects Jacobs’ profound appreciation for architectural brilliance. The Max Hoffman House, a mid-century modern marvel situated in the prestigious suburb of Rye, is more than just a residence—it’s a symbol of Jacobs’ refined aesthetic and commitment to luxury. Laura DeVita of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty represented Jacobs when he purchased the home.
This remarkable home in Rye is not just a retreat for Jacobs but also a shared space with his spouse, Charly Defrancesco, a former model and candlemaker. Together, they enjoy the serene ambiance and exquisite design of this architectural landmark. The house, renowned for its historical significance and aesthetic appeal, is a testament to Jacobs’ deep connection to the upscale New York area and his passion for extraordinary design.
In this video around the time of his move to Rye, Jacobs discussed his art collection with Chairman of the Fine Art division of Sotheby’s Amy Cappellazzo: