While others are content to imitate, he chooses to innovate. Marc's goal is not to chase what's already out there, but to establish a whole new category of branded products and services that are immediately embraced as cutting edge and credible.
His journey began in the mid-80s while he was still a high school student working from a makeshift design studio located in the garage of his parents' New Jersey home. Armed only with an airbrush and his custom graphic designs, Marc quickly built a loyal fanbase and in 1993, at the age 20, founded *ecko unltd.
Since then, the Company has grown to include 12 separate *ecko unltd. apparel and accessories lines, the contemporary Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew" collection, G-Unit Clothing Company, Zoo York, Avirex Sportswear, Complex magazine (circulation 330,000), and his recently launched video game, "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure." Last year alone, Marc's full-scale global fashion and lifestyle company reported billings of over $1.2 billion.
Simultaneously, Marc has dedicated himself to a number of socially conscious initiatives, including significant work with underprivileged youth domestically and internationally and a dedicated role in reversing the plight of the world's rhino populations. Sweat Equity Enterprises, a four-year after-school, design and mentoring program for underserved New York City teens, is his most recent and most personal initiative to date.
In recognition of his achievements, Marc was recently honored with a 2006 MTV Video Music Award for "Best Videogame Soundtrack", and is frequently included in such lists as Details magazine's "Most Powerful Men Under 38," Stuff magazine's "Style Icons" list, and New York Magazine's list of the City's "Influentials." He has also gained international notoriety for his various efforts to disrupt the status quo, from two successful graffiti-based court battles against the city of New York, to the 2006 "Tagging Air Force One" viral video campaign.
Whether it's apparel, magazines, videogames, or film, Marc is poised to deliver what today's young consumers desire most - products that are trend-defining, thought provoking and engaging - while continuing to prove critics wrong at every new turn.
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MARC ECK° Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Marc Ecko was born Marc IVIilecolsIcy in 1972 in New Jersey with his twin sister, Marci. His journey began in the mid-Sos while he was still a high school student working from a makeshift design studio located in the garage of his parents New.tersey home.
Armed only with an airbrush and his custom graphic designs, Marc quickly built a loyal fan base among the generation's new cultural icons, including Spike Lee and Chuck D. Following a brief pursuit of a 'traditional career" at Rutgers School of Pharmacy, he soon returned to his true pa%ion, and in 1993, at the age 01 20, founded *Ecko Unitd.
Since then, the company has grown to include: *Edm Unitd the leading young men's brand; Eckored, it's female counterpart; Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, a contemporary menswear line; 'Zoo York, the first and largest east coast action sport lifestyle brand; Complex Media, inclusive of Complex Magazine (circulation 01 340,000) and Marc Ecko Entertainment, video & social gaining entity. Gaming release; include "Getting Up: Contents under pressure" in conjunction with Atari in 2005; "Dexter", videogame based on the Shmvtime hit series (available on !Phone and INA Touch only).
In recognition of his achievements, Marc was honored with a 2006 MTV Video Music Award for "Best Videogame Soundtrack", and has been included in such lists as Details magazine's Most Powerful Men under :38", Stuff Magazines Style Icons" list, and New York Magazine's list of the City's Influential". He has also gained international notoriety for his various efforts to disrupt the status quo, from two successful graffiti-based omit battles against the city of New York, to the 2006 "'ragging Air Force One- viral video campaign or his purchase of Barry Bonds ball at an on-line auction and giving the public the opportunity to vote on its fate.
Marc Ecko dedicates himself to a number of socially conscious initiatives, including significant work with youth domestically and internationally as well as a dedicated role in reversing the plight of the world's rhino shrinking population. Three in-house charities are part of Marc Ecko Enterprises: lib-a Children's I tome, Sweat Equity Enterprise and Stoked Mentoring. Marc Ethos philanthropy effort has led him to become an enigmatic public speaker from &shim to art to education. Speaking at events such as the 2009 DID World Conference, 2009 Harvard University, 2009 Rutgers University Commencement, 2010 Business Forward Qmference, 2010 Bust Evangelism Conference in Singapore, 2010 Moderated Education Innovation Panel at the Summit Series Conference in Washington D.C. and 2010 World Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Echo is the youngest member ever inducted into the Board of r, Directors for Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).