Few designers ever reach the fame and influence of Marc Jacobs, a designer equally coveted by starlets and socialites, museums and thieves. Just after news broke that bandits made off with his spring press samples bound for London, word comes from France that five masked crooks managed to steal ten pallets of Louis Vuitton merch from Charles de Gaulle airport—a heist valued at $400,000.
But it isn’t all bad news for Jacobs. This spring, the designer will be honored by Les Arts Décoratifs, the Parisian museum dedicated to art and design. Opening March 6, the epic exhibition explores how the brand’s founder and current creative director each put their mark on the luxury label. From LV’s roots in 19th-century France as Empress Eugénie’s favored travel bags to its current status as one of the world’s most knocked-off labels, the exhibition will explore how the two designers set the pace of fashion in the face of the industrial and digital revolutions.
The show is the second retrospective for the designer in as many years, coming on the heels of the Kate Grand-curated Louis Vuitton: Art of Fashion at La Triennale di Milano. If a third heist occurs, at least Marc Jacobs will have sparked yet another trend.