Virgil Abloh the streetwear / high end fashion mogul has left this world after a two year battle with cancer.
We would love to pay a tribute by highlighting his life. Talk is cheap so here goes.
1980 – Abloh is born in Chicago.
2002 – Abloh gets his degree in civil engineering. It was there that the design bug bit him as he could see he could use the programs for his trade to design other things than buildings. It is this year that Abloh meets Kanye West. A great friendship is born.
2006 - He gets his Master’s degree in Architecture.
2009 – Abloh and Ye become interns at Fendi in Rome. The same year West and Abloh “crash” the Paris fashion week. As Abloh stated “We were a generation that was interested in fashion and weren’t supposed to be there. We saw this as our chance to participate and make current culture. In a lot of ways, it felt like we were bringing more excitement than the industry was.”
2012 – Abloh creates his second (first on paper) brand “Pyrex Vision”. Screen print of the word Pyrex and the number 23 (an ode to His Airness) was all it took. It was a project that lasted way more than he intended.
2013 – Ablo shuts down Pyrex and launches Off White but not in the States but Milan. He is stating that he is bringing streetwear to high end fashion with this one.
2017 – This is the year that really takes Off White to another level, as Nike announces a collaboration with Abloh’s brand. It is the first time that someone gets to deconstruct a Nike form and that someone get to do that to TEN models. Hence “The Ten” collab. Sneaker heads lost their minds and Abloh’s Off White sore to new levels.
2018 – Abloh is named artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear collections. Nuff said.
He will be greatly missed, as he was one that was true to his vision and followed the number one rule of life. Give and you shall receive. And he gave and received to the fullest.