Marc Jacobs drags KCD PR into a scandalous spotlight

A Marc Jacobs scandal is turning heads from the Fashion Week runways.

A Marc Jacobs scandal is turning heads from the Fashion Week runways. Yesterday, attorney general Andrew Cuomo announced that Marc Jacobs International may have paid up to $30,000 “in bribes” to hold his beloved show space at the Armory, reports New York Magazine.

The NY Post reports that James Jackson, the Armory administrator, was indicted last week on 31 felony counts, while the familiar designer is under scrutiny in an ongoing criminal investigation. Jacobs' behind-the-scenes PR firm, KCD, is also under the microscope for potentially playing the role of middleman over the past ten years, during which time Jacobs allegedly paid Jackson through KCD.

A Jacobs spokeswoman told the Post that Jacobs' show will go on at the Armory tomorrow, “under the full knowledge and consent of the Attorney General's Office.”

According to the Post, Jackson, who is no longer at the Armory, is notorious for this kind of behavior. He would tell vendors that their paperwork got tied up, and he was caught on tape taking bribes from investigators posing as members of a show.

WWD adds that Jacobs-Armory bribes included cash as well as exercise and computer equipment.


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