So not only has it been confirmed, but there has been a reward issued for the Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 stolen collection… Big Rewards!
An entire collection would normally sell for upwards of $100,000 or more in stores. The reward offered for the return of the samples is £40,000 approximately $63,000. By doing some quick math it is fair to assume that not all of the samples were pilfered. Unless of course the Marc Jacobs team did some quick math and determined that 40% was the lowest they’d go to get the collection back? Hard to say.
Marc Jacobs claims that the actual pieces that walked the runway are safe and sound at an undisclosed venue (go figure) but the stolen samples were pieces that were actually second samples for the European markets. Thankfully this means that actors on red carpets throughout North America are safe! The Marc Jacobs pieces that were promised to be paraded at star studded galas will get their chance to do so.
Did the thief steal the entire collection? Will they turn it in for the reward? The questions are still circling but one thing is certain, other fashion houses are going to WAKE UP and realize that professional thieves know the value of fashion and will go to great lengths to get their greedy little hands on these coveted pieces.
I fear that this is not the last stolen collection we will be hear about in fashion news going missing. Designers and fashion houses will have to start to keep a firmer grip on what is happening with their samples around the world and who is transporting them. Let’s face it, not all samples have a second set, and honestly if the original samples of the Marc Jacobs collection were stolen I think the reward would be something in the $200,000 range or higher. Losing all of the samples of a particular season, countless hours of hard work, and the cost of this whole debacle could potentially cripple a company. Is there theft insurance for samples? Technically they are of no value. I would hate to be the person fighting with the insurance company about that.
Best of Luck to the Marc Jacobs team. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of the line etc. you can call 212-343-0222. There is a reward for info leading up to the arrest.