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The Legacy of Virgil Abloh

Updated: Dec 2, 2022

9/30/1980 - 11/28/2021

Virgil Abloh made a bold impact on millions of people, especially aspiring teenage designers who looked up to him as a role model.

Early Endeavors

Abloh knew from a young age that he wanted to enter the world of fashion. Born in

Rockford, Illinois, Virgil’s parents were Ghanaian immigrants. His mother was a seamstress

at the time. She served as a valuable source of knowledge, giving her son tips and tricks

which he would be influenced by from a manufacturing standpoint.

Virgil officially entered the industry in 2009 when he took an internship at Fendi, a luxury

fashion brand founded in Rome, Italy. Here, Virgil teamed up with Kanye West who would

eventually become a close friend and co-worker.

Later on, he created his first brand, Pyrex Vision. Virgil used “deadstock” Ralph Laren

flannel shirts and printed designs on top of them. These sold for $550 each, a hefty price

for the cheap-to-make products.


Off-White was originally developed in 2013 by Virgil Abloh. The luxury fashion brand

specializing in clothes, shoes, and other accessories would soon make a bold name for

itself in the competitive industry. Within a year, the young company was featured in Paris

Fashion Week and shown off by celebrities such as Beyoncé and more recently, Nicki Minaj.

2017 proved to be one of the most successful years of Virgil Abloh’s career. His partnership

with Nike to create highly limited and hyped sneakers strengthened his name in the

fashion market. People went crazy over the collaborations on such iconic Nike silhouettes,

driving aftermarket prices through the moon. Debatably, this partnership opened the door

for sneaker resellers to make a living out of reselling shoes.

Virgil put in countless hours in order to achieve his dreams of greatness for his company.

The collaboration with Nike put him on a stellar path towards success and built up even

more hype around each and every release.

Although he dedicated a lot of time to his own company, Virgil also served as the creative

director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. Filling the role in 2018, his intelligence and creativity

inspired the designs which were put out by the luxury fashion company.

Undeniably, Off-White has inspired both the fashion and sneaker culture’s over the years.

His modern take on design and color combinations seen in the brand have now flourished

for over 8 years.

Impact and Legacy

It is devastating to see Virgil Abloh pass away at the young age of 41. However, his

creations and designs will forever be treasured by his millions of supporters.

“I'm always trying to prove to my 17-year-old self that I can do creative things I thought weren't

possible,” Abloh once said. He surely lived up to this goal and left behind an incredible

legacy. Up and coming designers will be inspired by his designs and ideas, continuing the

remembrance of Virgil Abloh’s life.

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