VIRGIL ABLOH

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