Philip Jacobs studied printed textiles at Hornsey College of Art from 1973 to 1976. He then worked freelance designing dress fabrics and designs for bedding for the American, Japanese and English markets. In the early 1980's he started designing furnishing fabrics for most of the major English companies such as Sanderson and Libertys.
Philip now works freelance and has built up a vast collection of antique textiles and wallpapers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Philip Jacobs other interests include digging up fossil dinosar bones on the Jurassic coast of Dorset near his home. Philip is part of the Kaffe Fassett Collective with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, designing fabrics for the Free Spirit brand.