Having recently opened a café/bar in his Milan store, and with his already-very-popular Marc by Marc Jacobs Accessories store in New York, we were intrigued to see how Marc Jacobs would next add to his retail empire. Turns out, Marc is a closet bibliophile, and is set to open a book store, next to his other shops in Bleeker Street, New York. It’s not known what kinds of books the store will sell (fashion books seem like a safe bet, including the many coffee table tomes about Marc himself). We think this might just be the best spot in Manhattan to pick up smart, well-dressed men. Rumours that the store will, rather brilliantly, be named Book Marc, remain unconfirmed; so far a sign on the window simply reads ‘a bookstore will be opening here Winter 2010.’
Jacobs is not the first designer to go down the bookish route. Karl Lagerfeld, an avid reader and book collector with a gigantic personal library in four languages; English, French, German, and Italian, also opened a bookstore called 7L, next to his photography studio on the Rue Lille in Paris in 1999. He even began publishing books under his own imprint Édition 7L, a division of the German publishing company Steidl, and can happily hold forth on inks and weights of paper. To date, Kaiser Karl has released some fifty books, covering his pet subjects such as fashion, photography, architecture, literature, music etc. He famously published a book for the tenth anniversary of Interview magazine that was so heavy the designer recalls that he had to sell it with a wooden trolley of his own design “so when you buy the book you walk out of the shop with your trolley, like in the supermarket.”
Beat that, Marc.