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Jack Mackenroth
(April 29, 1969 - living) U.S.A.

Jack Mackenroth

Fashion designer, swimmer, and model


Jack MackenrothJack, originally from Seattle, Washington, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a double degree in Fine Arts and Sociology. In 1991, Jack moved to New York to attend Parsons School of Design where he studied fashion design.

Jack MackenrothFresh out of Parsons, Jack opened a menswear store in New York City's West Village called "Jack." There, he showcased new designers alongside upscale brands such as Gaultier Junior, Diesel and John Richmond. In 1997, he went to work for Tommy Hilfiger and then designed for the Slates brand, which is under the Levis umbrella. For the past four years Jack has been the Design Director at Weatherproof Active Wear.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jack has also received national recognition as a competitive swimmer. He has three All-American titles to his name and set a national record in the summer of 2006 in the breaststroke leg of the 4 x 50 meter medley relay. As a fitness and fashion model through the 1990's, Jack appeared in such magazines as "Paper," "DNR," "Men's Fitness," "Men's Journal," "Genre," "Blue" and several others.

Jack was 20 when his doctor said he'd need an HIV test. Mackenroth returned to the doctor about three weeks later. He was HIV-positive, his doctor said. Jack is openly gay and has always been very open about his positive HIV status. Since his diagnosis day, he has tried to combat the stigma of HIV by living honestly and being a role model through professional and athletic achievements.

Currently Jack is developing his own line of men's dress shirts and dress pants, and hopes to expand into all aspects of men's sportswear. He is also working on a memoir about his life experiences.


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