After his beloved mother died suddenly in a car accident, Simon Porte Jacquemus dropped out of school at École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode and started his own fashion label. At the time, he was just 19 years old. To finance his first collections, Jacquemus worked as a sales assistant at the Comme des Garçons store on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. He paid curtain-makers to sew his designs and staged a fake protest outside of Dior, so his pieces could be viewed by the public. By 2012, only three years after he had started, Jacquemus worked his way into the Paris Fashion Week schedule, making him one of the youngest designers to ever do so.