The investigation into the bribery scheme began when Jackson allegedly approached executives from the International Carpet Show with his scheme, and the company reported Jackson to the attorney general. According to sources, investigators believe the bribery scheme was widespread, and their probe continues.
Marc Jacobs' PR firm KCD Worldwide did not return numerous calls and e-mails for comment on the bribe scheme or the alleged involvement of the firm. A spokesperson for Marc Jacobs said, "We are aware of the charges against the superintendent of the Armory. We have been and are cooperating fully with the New York State Attorney General's office in its investigation of this matter. We are using the Armory for this week's fashion shows with the full knowledge and consent of the Attorney General's Office."
Jacobs received early notice as an up and coming fashionista while still a student, selling his first knitwear collection before graduation, according to published accounts.
He rose to fame in the late 1990s when he joined Louis Vuitton as artistic director. In his September Fashion Week show at the armory, Victoria Beckham was among the posh front-rowers.
Marc Jacobs International is a subsidiary of LVMH, the global luxury goods firm which holds a portfolio of companies, including Moet Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Donna Karan International and a number of other luxury brands.
Since 1904, the armory at 26th and Lexington has been the headquarters of New York's Fighting 69th Regiment. It continues to be a home for military units deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 44 members of the Army National Guard, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry are currently in Afghanistan, officials said. Additional members of the unit are slated for deployment to Afghanistan in the spring.