During the 1980’s, designer Stephen Sprouse made an entrance to the fashion world by competing in a fashion show contest of young designers. He made headlines with his untraditional take on clothing construction and his eye aching use of color. Sprouse took chances by introducing the world the implementation of graffiti and custom dyed fabrics. His lines were carried at Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel in New York City. Regardless of his successes, Sprouse continually had problems with production, finance, and management. This resulted in his never being able to keep his designs in department or freestanding stores.
Sprouse was never deterred from his vision and continued to design. In 2001, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton made the reintroduced Sprouse to the world with an amazing collection of graffiti logo accessories. In 2002, Marc Jacobs presented the graffiti leopard images on handbags, shoes, and scarves. All of these lines sold out instantly. We fast forward to 2009; Stephen Sprouse is not here to appreciate the astonishing collections from Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and Patricia Field. Sprouse pasted away in 2004 of a battle with lung cancer.