Officials for the band's LLC recently sued Jacobs over the alleged theft of their trademark smiley face logo for his Bootleg Redux Grunge collection, and Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter fuelled the drama by trashing the designer in the media.
But, according to court documents obtained by The Blast, Jacobs is defending himself by serving up a little fashion history and claiming he introduced the world to grunge in 1993.
"The collection was considered groundbreaking in the fashion world, because it brought together high fashion and streetwear on the runway in a way that had never been done before," his suit reads. "The debut of the SS93 Grunge Collection is now considered to be one of the most influential runway fashion shows of the 1990s."
The designer admits Cobain's wife, Love, had a huge influence on the line, adding she has appeared in his advertising campaigns and regularly attends his catwalk shows: "In 1994, Marc Jacobs met Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain (then two years old), the daughter of Ms. Love and the then-late Mr. Cobain, beginning a personal and professional relationship with both women that endures to this day," he shares.
Jacobs alleges both Love and Bean praised the line when it was released, continuing: "Each woman was gifted designs from the collection. Ms. Love was invited to perform at the launch event for the collection in Los Angeles. Both Ms. Love and Ms. Cobain 'liked' and commented on the images of the collection that Mr. Jacobs posted on his Instagram feed, including, notably, images of Mr. Jacobs in the T-shirt that is one of the Accused Products."
"Ms. Love commented on one of the images of Mr. Jacobs in that shirt, saying, 'Nice photo! Looks some what familiar! Amazing!'"
Jacobs denies stealing anything and is demanding the entire lawsuit be thrown out.