7. He was always known for his sweaters.
Believe it or not, it was cashmere sweaters that got him his first taste of fame. After his stint at Parsons, he launched a line of unisex intarsia cashmere sweaters. They were first sold door-to-door and then became a hit after appearing in The New York Times. Interestingly enough, the first pieces Marc Jacobs also sold was a collection of oversize, hand-knit sweaters he designed while at Parsons. Great minds think alike.