Creative Individuals, Creative Places: Marc Jacobs, New York and Paris


Marc Jacobs is a self‐described postmodern fashion designer who is believed to give a downtown New York allure to everything he touches, even though he now lives and works in Paris and routinely taps into the value‐adding sources and innovative energies of far‐away places such as Tokyo. Here I present Jacobs as one of the emerging global tastemakers whose relatively less place‐bound and powerfully global experiences have significant implications for the arguments around the sociology and geography of creativity. More specifically, I argue that the transterritorial nature of Jacobs’ creativity points to a more complicated geography of creativity than has been acknowledged in the literature.