Behind The Man | Virgil Abloh
.Starting Out – from Architecture to Fashion.
After working for an architecture firm for two years, Abloh shifted his focus to fashion. In 2009, he founded RSVP Gallery, an art gallery and menswear boutique in Chicago. That same year, he joined Kanye West’s creative agency Donda as creative director, overseeing projects like stage shows and concert merchandise.
Born in 1980, Virgil Abloh is an American – Ghanian fashion designer, DJ, fashion label Off White founder and new men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton.
He studied and obtained a bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. From this, he then went on and studied further this time in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After working in the architecture field for two years he then made his way into fashion.
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After first coming into prominence in 2009 as Kanye West’s creative director overseeing projects such as stage shows and concert merchandise, the same year he launched RVSP – an art gallery and menswear boutique in Chicago. In 2012, Virgil started his own fashion brand – Pyrex Vision. The brand featured screen printed logos onto champion t-shirts and dead stock Ralph Lauren rugby shirts. The brand later shuttered in 2013.
The same year Abloh started luxury men’s and women’s label Off-White. The brand is based in Milan and is stocked worldwide by global retailers such as Barneys, Selfridges and Harrods. The brand is renown for their print sweatshirts which feature stripes along the arms and back prints. Another huge success for the brand was the collaboration with Nike in which they worked together to reproduce some of Nikes most popular silhouettes such as the Air Jordan 1’s and Air Max Vapormax with an Off-White twist.
In March 2018, Abloh was announced as the new artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. The recent appointment has had mixed reviews from ‘experts’ within the fashion world with some people this could be a bad step for Louis Vuitton. When questioned about his new job Abloh said this:
“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.”