.On November 28th the black community, the fashion world and the sneaker culture lost a heavy hitter in Virgil Abloh. A shock to everyone, even those who knew him best so it would seem Virgil kept his battle with cancer a secret up until the end.
I am saddened, angered and frustrated all at the same time. Saddened by the lost of a great individual, angered at the fact that some of our brightest stars have been extinguished before they're time and frustrated with the ripple affect it will create.
Virgil Abloh opened the door for black designers and creatives.... no, he actually kicked the door off the hinges. Virgil was the founder and CEO of Off-White, Artistic Director of menswear at Louis Vuitton and the Creative Director of Donda. Virgil challenged everything we thought we knew about design, always willing to push the envelope and take you on a journey with his designs. The first African-American to be artistic director at a French luxury fashion house, Abloh was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
Using unfinished raw materials, utilizing the craziest of color lots and collaborating with companies you never thought possible. Virgil Abloh wasn't a trend setter, he was a trail blazer who set the fashion world on fire and kept the sneaker community lit with off the wall designs that could ONLY come from the mind of Virgil Abloh.
To be able to witness his creative genius in real time was nothing short of a blessing. To see one black man lead the fashion world and have everyone watching & waiting for his next design, drop or commission was nothing short of epic. Virgil was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma in 2019 and underwent numerous challenging treatments... all while helming several significant institutions that span across fashion, art, and culture. How amazing is that?!
Virgil Abloh your innovation and greatness can only be overshadowed by the work ethic you showcased over these last couple of years to give us all that you did.
Thank you sincerely for sharing your creativity with the world, you will truly be missed!!!
"Life is so short you can't waste even a day subscribing to what someone thinks you can do versus knowing what you can do"
- Virgil Abloh