Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and creative director for Kanye West has just been named Louis Vuitton’s newest artistic director. Abloh will be in charge of bringing new heat to the menswear division of the legendary fashion house.
He has become the very first African-American artistic director for the fashion powerhouse and one of the few black designers to be in charge of an iconic label such as Louis Vuitton. Oliver Rousteing is the creative director of Balmain and Ozwald Boateng designed for Givenchy’s menswear during 2003-2007.
In a statement to WWD, Abloh shared his thoughts on entering a new phase with the iconic label:
“It is an honor for me to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times,
The chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, Michael Burke also made a statement to WWD saying,
“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. His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future.”
Additionally, it was shared that he will be presenting his very first collection with LV in June during Men’s Fashion Week.
With his knowledge and love for streetwear, it will be quite interesting to see what concepts Virgil Abloh will bring to the legendary French house.
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