After privately battling cancer the past years, the news of Virgil Abloh losing the fight against the disease at the age of 41 hit the world hard and unexpectedly on a Sunday afternoon. Abloh did nothing less but reinvent the creative industries – from fashion, art, design to music and culture – and made impossible things appear possible. An homage to a creative wunderkind.


As one of the most influential creatives of the past years, Virgil Abloh reached cult status and revolutionized the whole industry – whether it be his iconic streetwear label Off White, his designs for Louis Vuitton, or creative directing for Kanye West. Sure, all his accomplishments are impressive and his creative output is one-of-a-kind but what truly inspired people across the globe was the way he made all of his successes a reality.


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Virgil Abloh designed his own life. With incredible willpower and a state of mind of making the impossible possible, he managed to fit the world into his mold. Just imagine interning at Fendi alongside Kanye West, starting a collaboration together, and working as the rapper’s artistic director. And then Virgil Abloh’s career was just about to really kick-off: After working with Kanye West and Jay-Z on their album “Watch the Throne”, Abloh launched his high-end streetwear label Off White, which in 2018 was ranked as the hottest label in the world. With his own collections for Nike and Ikea, he proved his multidisciplinary creative genius. Also in 2018, Virgil Abloh became the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s ready wear line, which made him the first person of African descent to lead the brand’s menswear branch as well as one of the very few Black designers under the helm of a luxury fashion house.



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In a way, Virgil Abloh created a new creative world, in which art, design, fashion, music, and architecture not only co-exist but merge into one another. The Abloh-world is one where everything is possible, where creativity has no borders, and where everyone can be a creator.

The news of Abloh’s passing away on Sunday afternoon spread rapidly all over social media and has a global audience remembering his legacy. It’s a legacy of a new creative world, one that needs to be continued to be filled with life.


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