The Shophound has known for a long time that the folks at Marc Jacobs were actively looking for an uptown location, but you know how picky these people are. It can take years to settle on a space ...and it has. In today's WWD, Marc Jacobs International President Robert Duffy confirmed that the company is in negotiations to take over Madison Avenue's Chase Manhattan Bank building. We are assuming it's the one at 64th Street pictured above in today's snow. Though the charming Colonial revival building hardly seems like the typical designer flagship structure, it's the only building that seems to fit the description in WWD located in the desirable designer district between 57th and 72nd Streets. “There’s only been one tenant in that space for 93 years. Once I find a space, I never give up on the space.” he tells the paper, revealing that he has been working on securing the location for a very long time.
No other details have been disclosed, but Duffy suggests that a store opening will be a long way off. Apparently, there's a bit of asbestos removal and all kinds of renovations to be arranged before we see a store, and that could take while longer, so sit tight uptown MJ fans. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.