From his beginnings in fashion to his recent entries into the worlds of publishing, art, gaming and multimedia, Marc Ecko continues to break the boundaries of conventional wisdom and further solidify his role as the navigator of popular culture.
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-80's while 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 fan base and in 1993, at the age of 20, founded ecko unltd. Since then, the company has grown to included *ecko unltd. apparel and accessories lines, the contemporary Marc Ecko Cut & Sew collection, ecko red girls line, Zoo York, Avirex Sportswear, Complex Magazine and Complex Media, as well as a videogame and multimedia division, Marc Ecko Entertainment. Last year alone, Marc's full-scale global fashion and lifestyle company reported worldwide retail sales of over $1.5 billion.
Simultaneously, Marc has dedicated himself to a number of social consciousness initiatives, including significant work with 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 education and mentoring program is his most personal initiative to date.
In recognition of his achievements, Marc has been 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 40," Stuff Magazine's "Style Icons" list, DNR's power list, and New York Magazine's "Influentials" list. 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 of Air Force One" viral video campaign, and his purchase of Barry Bonds' record breaking 756th homerun baseball, the fate of which he turned over to the public in a groundbreaking online vote.
Marc, age 35, is married with three children and is currently building an estate, "Stronghold," in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where he resides.