Though many were uncertain at first, it is no longer a rumour that Virgil Abloh, creative director of the streetwear fashion label Off-white, has been selected as the new menswear designer at the oldest and most influential luxury French fashion label, Louis Vuitton. Abloh will be replacing Kim Jones, who publicized his departure from the label only last week.
Being appointed as an artistic director, he is one of few black designers leading a top French heritage house, along with Oliver Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, and Ozmwald Boateng, from the United Kingdom, who was the designer for Givench menswear.
Ghanian-American, Abloh 37, was brought up in Illinois and is the most commonly known within the luxury fashion and premium street wear community and popular amongst celebrities, having also worked with Kanye West as his long time creative director, and despite not holding any official qualifications in fashion, he had interned together with Kanye West at Fendi in the past and is now the creative director for Off-white, street wear fashion label. Off-white currently has over 3.1 million Instagram followers and Virgil Abloh himself has around 1.6 million. He has worked with several fashion industry names, such as Nike, Moncler and Jimmy Choo and even has plans with Ikea.
Previously, before the news had been confirmed, there were rumours around that Abloh would be replacing Jones after Jones had been frequently posting pictures of OFF-WHITE x Nike sneakers that were sent to him by Virgil himself. Abloh will present his first collection for Louis Vuitton during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June.