From Kanye’s creative director to launching Pyrex Vision or Off-White to collabs with Nike. Seven years later, Virgil is called to work as men’s artistic director at the fashion house, Louis Vuitton.
According to Complex, Abloh, will present his first LV collection in Paris in June. He joins Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and former Givenchy creative director Ozwald Boateng as one of few black designers to head up a fashion house.
“It is an honor for me to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to the modern times,” Abloh said in a statement.
Abloh has always expressed his interest in being at a major fashion house. “Creative-directing a fashion house, we’ve all got our little pontoon boats or whatever,” he told GQ. “Some might be bigger than others. The fashion house is the ocean cruise. It’s like a fucking cruise liner. It’s got 7,000 people on it. You’re steering it. That’s my goal. I want to do that.”
Congratulations to Virgil, but were you really surprised?