Virgil Abloh was an American designer, architect, and artist. He is most famously known for his fashion design endeavors in his fashion brand Off-White, and his role as the creative director of Louis Vuitton. He was born in Illinois in 1980. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He went on to start his first clothing line under the name Pyrex Vision in 2012, which saw success in the streetwear scene.
Pyrex Vision Spring/Summer 2013
In 2013, he rebranded Pyrex to the hugely popular high-end streetwear brand Off-White. Off-White was a brand based in Milan, which as Virgil described as “the gray area between black and white”. Off-White went on to achieve mainstream success in the years 2013-2018, opening stores in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, New York, and many more. In 2018, Off-White was regarded as the hottest brand in the world, surpassing the likes of Gucci.
Off-White Spring/Summer 2022
In 2018 he was chosen to be the artistic/creative director for the Louis Vuitton menswear line. His innovations at Louis Vuitton hugely boosted the brand’s popularity in the streetwear scene, and extended its reach to a younger audience.
He passed away in November 2021 due to cancer, but his influence in the fashion and streetwear scene remains strong.