Win a $100 Shopbop gift card for Marc Jacobs bags!In these trying economic times every guy and gal has to watch what they spend and be a lot more creative when it comes to purchases. Just your luck though that Ballerina Flats has teamed up with Shopbop to relieve some of this frugality by giving away a FREE $100 gift card!
Thats right, if you are anything like me and love freebies, just leave a comment on this post in iambic pentameter (just kidding!) explaining why you love Marc Jacobs bags.
That's there all is to it!
Read on to learn more about Marc Jacobs and the contest details.
Marc Jacobs: the designer and brand
Marc Jacobs, an eminent rule-breaker (he dared to play with the Louis Vuitton monogram), is known for his lavish, theatrical fashion shows and wearable apparel and handbags.
A New York City native, Marc Jacobs was born on April 9, 1963, and attended and graduated from Teaneck High School, while also graduating from the New York High School of Art and Design.
At age 15, Jacobs was a stockboy at Charivari, a New York City boutique. He continued his education at New York City's Parsons School of Design (now called Parsons The New School) where he won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award in 1984. That same year, he was also awarded the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award and the Design Student of the Year Award.
His fashion career got its real start while Jacobs was still at Parsons where he designed and sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters; he also designed his first collection for Reuben Thomas, Inc., while a student. In 1986, Jacobs designed his first collection and namesake label.
Following his studies, Jacobs began to design at Perry Ellis, in 1988, for whom he designed the infamous "grunge" collection, which lead to his dismissal in 1993. Ironically, in 1987, Jacobs had been awarded The Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent, making him the youngest designer to have received this honor. In 1994, Jacobs and his business partner, Robert Duffy came back with their initial launch of the Marc Jacobs signature line of womenswear.
In 1997, Jacobs was appointed Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, which he remains today. Here, he created the company's first ready-to-wear line. Also in 1997, Marc Jacobs took home yet another CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, which sparked his launch of the lower-priced diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs in 1998.
In 2000, Jacobs launched a Marc Jacobs handbag line and menswear line called Marc Jacobs Men for which he was awarded the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award. In the years that followed, the Marc Jacobs brand has expanded into fragrances, eyewear, watches, a children's line (Little Marc) and a streetwear brand (Stinky Rat).
2010 Handbag Trends and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Perforated leather and a return to counter culture movements, like 1990s grunge, are in full swing this season. Also this spring, practical lovers can rejoice as tiny clutches for daytime are being outnumbered by classic shoulder bags and storage-friendly tote bags.
For those looking ahead, in the fall 2010 runways, Marc Jacobs embraced great American classics and for handbags, colorful leathers in warm fall colors (think changing leaves).
Marc by Marc Jacobs at Shopbop offers a variety of handbags to held you stay on top of these trends and classics.
How to win a $100 Shopbop gift card:
Now that you know a little more about Marc Jacobs, hopefully you're prepped to share why you love his handbags!
Because when you comment on this post telling us why you love Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags, you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $100 Shopbop gift card. I myself am loving the Classic Q Baby Groovee Satchel in the color WAVE!!
Better yet, check out Shopbop and tell me what you'd get if you won. You can get more bang for your buck by getting Marc by Marc Jacobs sale items.
A winner will be chosen from the comments section. BE CREATIVE! BE RANDOM! Contest ends May 20, 2010, at 11:59 EST.