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Inside Off White founder Virgil Abloh’s final days on ‘shaping our future’ and releasing $1,145k jeans

The death of renowned menswear designer Virgil Abloh sent shockwaves across social media on Sunday after it was revealed that the 41-year-old had died. fight a secret battle with heart cancer.

A little while before he passed away Abloh, the first black person to serve as art director at Louis Vuitton, spoke optimistically about the future, writing on Instagram about his efforts in inspiring the next generation of designers.

Abloh shared a close professional relationship with Kanye West, working as the creative director for rapper Donda's agency.

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Abloh shared a close professional relationship with Kanye West, working as the creative director for rapper Donda’s agency.Credit: Getty
Abloh spoke optimistically about the future in a post before his death

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Abloh spoke optimistically about the future in a post before his deathCredit: Instagram
Just two days ago, Abloh announced the launch of a new line of jeans he designed with Tremaine Emory, called ABLOH TEARS.

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Just two days ago, Abloh announced the launch of a new line of jeans he designed with Tremaine Emory, called ABLOH TEARS.Credit: Instagram @virgilabloh

In a post on November 19 – nine days before his death – the fashion pioneer and founder of Off-White shared candidly about his creative process, expressing his inspiration. inspiration behind the design of a new Braun wall mounted stereo.

Abloh writes: “Good design is critical to solving today’s problems and driving behavior change, so we can have a positive impact on shaping our future. and the future of this planet.

“My whole premise is to elevate the next generation of designers, innovators and creative minds from atypical trajectories,” he continued.

LAST DAY

Just two days ago, Abloh launched a new line of jeans he designed with Tremaine Emory, called ABLOH TEARS.

The jeans, which retail for $1,145, are embroidered with white floral ‘Peace’ signs and black lampstands. The printed version of the jeans is also on sale for $430.


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Image published earlier on Sunday by The Sun also showed healthy-looking Abloh strolling the streets of New York City on October 29 with Russell Winfield as part of a ski collaboration.

In one of the photos, Abloh is seen smiling hugging Winfield in the middle of the crossroads.

Abloh’s death was announced in a post on his Instagram page Sunday afternoon, sparking mourning from celebrity friends and fashion fans alike.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, an intensely devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend,” the heartfelt post began.

“For more than two years, Virgil has heroically battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, a heart hemangioma. He’s chosen to endure his battle privately since being diagnosed in In 2019, underwent many challenging treatments, while also leading several important organizations related to fashion, art, and culture.

“Throughout it all, his work ethic, boundless curiosity and optimism never wavered. Virgil is driven by a dedication to the profession and his mission to open doors for others. others and create avenues for greater equality in art and design.”

The post continued: “He used to say, ‘Everything I do is for a 17-year-old version of myself’,” deeply believing in the power of art to inspire future generations.

“We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”

COMMUNITY IN MOBILE

Louis Vuitton CEO Bernault Arnault also released a statement confirming Abloh’s death, remembering the Ghanaian-born designer as a “genius” in his field.

Arnault wrote: “We are all shocked by this terrible news, Virgil is not only a genius designer, a visionary, he is also a man of high spirit and wisdom. wonderful”.

“The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great grief and we are all thinking of his loved ones following the passing of their husband, brother, father or friend.”

In 2018, Abloh became first black art director Men’s clothing at Louis Vuitton.

He first rose to fame in 2009, after teaming up with Kanye West after they both interned at the LVMH brand Fendi. He later joined West’s agency Donda as creative director, designing several of the rapper’s album covers.

Sewing taught by him momAbloh has no formal fashion training but holds an engineering degree and a master’s degree in architecture.

Abloh, who grew up in Rockford, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, is often considered a Renaissance man in the fashion world who, in a short period of time, rose to prominence as one of the most celebrated designers. of the industry.

He takes what he calls a “3% approach” to fashion – the idea that a new design can be created by making 3% changes to an original.

Abloh told the New Yorker of his approach to 2019: “Streetwear in my mind is associated with Duchamp.

“Here’s the prefabricated concept. I’m talking about the Lower East Side, New York. It’s like hip-hop. It’s the template. I picked James Brown, I chopped it up, I made a new song. .”

A-list stars have lined up to get Abloh dressed for the most coveted events of the year, from the Oscars to the Met Gala.

Beyoncé, Michael B. Jordan, Kim Kardashian, Timothée Chalamet, Serena Williams, and countless other stars have all worn his clothes.

Speaking ahead of his first menswear show in 2018, Abloh told GQ: “I now have a platform to change the industry.

“We’re designers, so we can start a trend, we can highlight issues, we can get a lot of people to focus on something, or we can make Many people focus on themselves.

“I don’t care [the latter]. I’m interested in using my background as one of a very small group of African-American men to design a home, to present to people in a poetic way. “

‘RIGHT VISION’

Abloh has also created a scholarship fund in 2020 to support students with black fashion aspirations.

Designer colleague Marc Jacobs was among the top people to honor Abloh on Sunday.

“I am so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” he wrote. “May you rest in peace and power, dear Virgil.”

Lenny Kravitz, Riz Ahmed, Colman Domingo, the Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, BTS and Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract all joined in with their own contributions.

Ahmed said on Twitter that Abloh “expanded the culture and changed the game” and thanked him for everything he “does to be so supportive & the way you push us to reimagine what maybe.”

Kravitz wrote, “Rest in Power, King,” sharing an image of Abloh modeling an Off-White hoodie. “You have made an indelible mark on this world.”

Meanwhile, Rapper Abstract praised Abloh as “one of the most important people” [artists] of our time, “who” changed culture forever. “

Fashion producer Gucci hailed Abloh as an “abundant source of inspiration” in a statement on Twitter, sending his “most sincere condolences” to his friends and family.

“He will be profoundly missed though his vision will live on through the paths he has shined throughout his career,” Gucci tweeted.

Abloh is survived by his wife, Shannon Abloh, his sister, his parents, and his two children.

In 2018, Abloh became the first Black art director of menswear at Louis Vuitton

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In 2018, Abloh became the first Black art director of menswear at Louis VuittonCredit: AFP
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Virgil Abloh attends Met Gala 2021Credit: Getty
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