Swimmer, designer and model Jack Mackenroth hails from Seattle, Washington, and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a double degree in Fine Arts and Sociology. Inspired by designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander McQueen (For Men), he moved to New York in 1991 to attend Parsons School of Design where he studied fashion design. Upon completing his studies, he opened his self-titled menswear store in New York City’s West Village. Six years later, he worked for Tommy Hilfiger and did design for the Slates brand. He spent the last four years as the Design Director at Weatherproof Active Wear. Aside from fashion, Mackenroth also has a passion for swimming as he earned national recognition as a competitive swimmer. Being open about his HIV positive status, Jack continues to live his life as a role model through his professional and athletic achievements.
Jack Mackenroth became known as one of 15 contestants joining season 4 of Bravo’s reality series, Project Runway. Despite being in the top throughout the competition, he decided to withdraw due to an infection. Since leaving the show, he continued to pursue his fashion design career. He has since debuted a c ustom-designed wedding gown crafted entirely of condoms for San Francisco's Project Inform. He has been an advocate of safe sex, being an openly HIV-positive contestant of the show. He even teamed up with Merck & Co. for a campaign called Living Positive By Design. Since then, he made a cameo appearance on the Sex and the City movie and has trained for the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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