Virgil Abloh was born in in 1980 in Rockford, Illinois, USA, in the family of immigrants from Ghana. He spent his young years in Rockford and in 2002 he got a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2006 he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology as a Master of Architecture.
In 2009 Abloh got to know Kanye West, a world famous rapper, during his internship at Fendi in Italy and they started a collaboration together. In 2011 Kanye West appointed Virgil as his creative agency director.
A year later Abloh started his first own business „Pyrex Vision“. He bought a deadstock of clothes from Ralph Lauren, printed additional designs on it and sold the clothing with more than ten times upward prices. The company was closed a year later, as it wasn’t intended to become a real business but rather an artistic project / experiment of Abloh.
In 2013 the designer started his own fashion house „Off-White“ specializing in the high-end streetwear with the main office in Milan, Italy, which was followed by a number of successful collaborations with the well-established companies such as Nike and IKEA.
In March 2018 Abloh was also appointed a menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton.
Watch Virgil Abloh showing his studio and bringing insights on his work processes.
Watch Off-White's Fall/Winter 2019 / 2020 Fashion Show by Virgil Abloh