The Designer Died At 41
Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and the Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, has passed away and a post on his account is to confirm.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” the statement read.
The designer had been “battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma” for over two years. Abloh kept a lot to himself and did his best to keep the public away from knowing his health problems; however, he managed to keep his life and work a constant priority.
“He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019,” the post reads. It added, “Undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.”
Inspire Future Generations
Abloh combined the fields of art, craft, and designed where he was introduced by Mies van der Rohe, according to his online biography. His strive to inspire others and create pathways of greater equality in the design set him apart from the rest.
Among many of his most outstanding achievements, the designer was a part of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People back in 2018. Primarily known for his designs in menswear, Abloh debuted his furniture design in 2017, and in July announced a collaborative project with Mercedes-Benz.
Additionally, he was prominent in the music world. He was also a profile DJ and played at music venues around the world. Tributes poured in overnight for the late designer, one of fashion’s most influential Black men in the industry. Abloh has made a legacy that will live on forever.
Louis Vuitton’s Latest Collection ‘Virgil was here.’
Bernard Arnoult, CEO of LVMP (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), had posted on Instagram and acknowledged the loss of not only a genius designer and a visionary, but he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom.
CEO and Chairman, Michael Burke announced its latest collection in a post on Sunday, Nov. 28. The tribute to the life and legacy of Virgil Abloh. Plus, a presentation of his Spring-Summer 2022 Collection in Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
“Louis Vuitton will proudly continue to celebrate his legacy with a final show in Miami, per his wishes,” Burke says in the post. “I am honored to have called him my friend. My deepest thoughts are with his wife, children, parents, family and the entire community that was touched by his greatness.”
Abloh’s wife, Shannon Abloh, and children, Lowe and Grey will carry on his legacy.