Louis Vuitton Just Selected Their First Black Artistic Director Of Menswear

By: Kayla Pasacreta

Virgil Abloh and Kanye, photo via  unknown

Virgil Abloh and Kanye, photo via unknown

Virgil Abloh is the newest member of the Louis Vuitton team. This morning, the luxury brand announced Abloh will be the next menswear artistic director. This news is major, making Abloh Louis Vuitton's first ever black artistic director, and proof that the come-up is real.

Virgil Abloh is best known for his work with Kanye West. Serving as Yeezy's creative director, he's been the mastermind behind many next level album covers and creative inspiration. Abloh's own Milan-based clothing line, OffWhite, has quickly made a name for itself in the fashion industry. Michael Burke, the chief executive of Louis Vuitton, stated, "Virgil is incredibly good at creating bridges between the classic and the zeitgeist of the moment,” Abloh's fashion is in the now, with fashion that sheds light on the culture while maintaining a cool functionality. According to the New York Times, Louis Vuitton is hopeful Abloh will make the brand more appealing to millennials, "It also presumably made a compelling case that Mr. Abloh could be the man to make Louis Vuitton men’s wear more relevant — and more visible — to the millennial generation."

Virgil Abloh after his Off-White fashion show for Paris Fashion Week, photo via  Getty Images

Virgil Abloh after his Off-White fashion show for Paris Fashion Week, photo via Getty Images

Abloh is Ghanian, but was born in Illinois. While working as a DJ, Abloh met Kanye West adds started designing his merchandise. Abloh was notably the art director behind Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Watch The Throne" album in 2011. Abloh told the New York Times that he would like to meld creativity with global issues.


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