Marc Jacobs and KCD Tied Up In Bribery Scandal

February 7, 2008 • Magazine

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Marc Jacobs, whose Fall 2008 collection is scheduled to show tomorrow at the Lexington Avenue Armory, has something other than garments to worry about. James Jackson, superintendent of the armory (where Jacobs has held his shows for almost a decade) was indicted last week on 31 felony counts, including extortion and bribery. Now, Jacobs’ company is the subject of the ongoing criminal investigation to determine its involvement. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is investigating the case notes, "It’s illegal to receive a bribe but it can also be illegal to pay a bribe." Apparently, Jackson has been providing armory space for events in return for illegal cash payoffs, home gym equipment and computers. He has been accused of shaking down Jacobs and others for more than $30,000 in cash and goods. Furthermore, KCD, the fashion-PR firm that handles the booking and design of Jacobs’ and many other designer shows, is also under investigation by the AG’s office. While they haven’t been accused yet, KCD allegedly served as an intermediary for Jacobs’ payoffs to Jackson.

—Emilie Furda

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