Danish shoe designer Ilse Rohde Jacobsen died on Sunday October 23 after a long battle with cancer. She was 62 years old.
According to a statement released by her company earlier this week, Jacobsen had been engaged in her battle with cancer since August 2021 and had been undergoing intensive treatment since being diagnosed.
“Today we mourn the loss of Ilse – our founder, fighter, entrepreneur, wife, mother, daughter, sister, employer, business partner and friend,” the company said in the statement. “May she rest in peace.”
In a similar statement released by the brand’s US distributor, Lines of Denmark, the team wrote that they had the “pleasure and privilege” of telling Ilse’s story in the US and that they “would continue to carry on its legacy with pride and in partnership” with the brand’s retail partners.
“Ilse loved her trips to the United States where she had the opportunity to meet many of you in person,” the Lines of Denmark team said in the statement. “She was grateful for your support and loyalty to her brand. I’m sure you’ll agree that our lives and our American consumers have all been enriched by his designs and products. We look forward to honoring his legacy with you and are deeply committed to the future of the brand.
The Danish designer, who entered the footwear industry in 1993 with a women’s fashion line, eventually realized she was most comfortable in a pair of rubber boots. In 1999, she presented Rub & Rain, a collection of rain boots and rainwear, which quickly established itself in Scandinavia.
In an interview with FN in September 2010, Jacobsen said the decision to create rain boots came when she couldn’t find a pair that combined fashion, functionality and comfort. “I came up with the idea when I couldn’t find a nice pair of rubber boots that were comfortable to wear, didn’t smell like plastic, and didn’t get my feet wet,” she told L. ‘era. “I wanted to design rubber boots that were fashionable and ideal for outdoor activities on rainy and sunny days.”
In 2018, his company was awarded the “Medal of Honor of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik” export award by Danish Crown Princess Mary.
In addition to her fashion business, Jacobsen has also launched a spa and served on the “lion panel” for the entrepreneurial program “Løvens Hule”, the Danish equivalent of “Shark Tank”, from 2015 to 2018.
Jacobsen is survived by her husband Jesper and daughter Natasha, who both work for the company.
According to Lines of Denmark, those wishing to send a card or flowers should contact Jacobsen’s florist, Blomsten by Ilse Jacobsen, at [email protected]