Simon Porte Jacquemus has described himself as “happy, excited, impatient,” and all of those qualities are present in his playful clothes and envelope-pushing presentations. Charm is a quality often attributed to this largely self-educated designer, who moved from Salon-de-Provence in southern France to Paris at age 18. There he enrolled at ESMOD, but with the sudden death of his mother months later, he left school and worked briefly for Citizen K.
He launched Jacquemus at 19, developing the label while simultaneously working retail at a Comme des Garçons boutique. He was nominated for the LVMH Prize twice, picking up a special jury award of 150,000 euros and a mentorship for one year in 2015.