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Virgil Abloh

CEO of Off-White, and artistic director at Louis Vuitton Men's

It has been another packed 12 months for design darling Virgil Abloh, the polymath founder of cult streetwear brand Off-White and artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton.

As one of the designers defining the boom of “hype” fashion and the surge of interest in menswear, his Off-White brand continued to dominate sales for many retailers throughout the year, and was never far from the top of fashion search platform Lyst’s “hottest brands” ranking.

Celebrating his first anniversary at Louis Vuitton in March, Abloh staged another headline-grabbing catwalk event at Paris Fashion Week, but later withdrew several Michael Jackson-themed products in the same month following a documentary about alleged child abuse by the singer.

New Guards Group, the business that operates but does not own Off-White, was bought by online giant Farfetch in August for $675m (£556.3m).

An in-demand DJ, curator and designer, as well as producing six collections a year, in 2019 Abloh’s side projects included a collaboration with homeware giant Ikea, ongoing sell-out sneaker projects with Nike and the launch of several art exhibitions.

However, in September, Abloh announced that he was taking three months out of work on doctor’s orders, shining a light on the exhausting pace of the industry and its impact on fashion professionals’ health.


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