Bookmarc: a chain of retail book stores by Marc Jacobs

American fashion designer Marc Jacobs shows no sign of slowing down. A fragrance and accessories empire, a ready-to-wear collection, now a chain of retail book stores, appropriately named Bookmarc.

The first Bookmarc boutique opened two years ago on New York’s trendy Bleecher Street. During an era of e-books on iPads and Kindles, his store saw a profit in the first six months. Jacob’s business partner, Robert Duffy, wasn’t surprised. As he told WWD magazine: ‘when you’re looking at photos, art or fashion, you need a book. I need it in front of me, I need to touch it and I think a lot of people are like that’. After the success of his New York store, Bookmarc opened on London’s Audley Street, followed by another on Place du Marché Saint-Honoré in Paris. Among shelves generously stocked with poetry, fiction, memoirs and cookbooks are also iPad covers, digital accessories areas, stationary and rare, limited-edition books that are particular to each city.

About the author

Tulsa was born on the northern beaches of Sydney but was raised by nomadic, creative parents in Oklahoma, California and Hiroshima. She now lives in France. A grand-daughter of the late best-selling novelist, Morris West, she has been featured as an actress in the short film, Hide and Seek, directed by Fiona McGee and produced by Ruby Smallbone, and was once the face of Milk & Honey’s Designed By Ruby Rose collection.