Louis Vuitton appoints Abloh Virgil as first Africa-Americanits Men’s Wear Artistic Director

Louis Vuitton appoints Abloh Virgil, the founder of the haute street wear label Off-White and a long time creative director for Kanye West as its first African-American Men’s Wear Artistic Director.  “I feel elated,” Abloh said in a phone interview with the New York Times on Sunday.”This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start” He added.The position at Louis Vuitton became vacant after the departure of Kim Jones, who bowed out from the luxury brand at his last showcase during the Paris Men’s Fashion Week earlier in the year.

It was announced last week that Kim Jones will become the men’s wear artistic director for Christian Dior, replacing Kris van Assche.

Abloh Virgil, 37, and first-generation Ghanaian-American raised in Illinois, is a serial collaborator and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world; the likes of Nike, Jimmy Choo, Moncler , Warby Parker, Umbro and Sunglass Hut. In addition to his work as a designer, Abloh is also an in-demand DJ.

“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today,” said Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton.The pair first worked together when Michael Burke was the chief executive at Fendi, and Abloh and Kanye West were interns at the time.

Abloh Virgil will continue to run Off-White and to work with Kanye West. But he said he would cut back on his other activities, including his work as a D.J. He will show his first collection for Louis Vuitton during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June and in 2019, Abloh will have a major exhibition of past and current work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Illinois.

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