Design Titan Virgil Abloh Has Died

In MemoriamDesign Titan Virgil Abloh Has DiedThe founder of Off-White and head of Louis Vuitton Menswear had been privately battling cancer since 2019November 28, 2021Designer Virgil Abloh pictured during Paris Fashion Week in July 2021.Designer Virgil Abloh pictured during Paris Fashion Week in July 2021. Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Virgil Abloh, founder of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, passed away on Sunday, November 28. He was 41.

LVMH announced the death Sunday via a statement posted on Twitter. “LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off-White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for years,” it read.

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According to a statement on the designer’s own Instagram account, Abloh was diagnosed in 2019 with a rare form of cancer known as cardiac angiosarcoma. Despite his diagnosis, Abloh remained active in his design work. Highsnobiety described his S/S ’22 collection for Louis Vuitton as “Abloh at his best.”

Born on September 30, 1980, Abloh had climbed the ranks of luxury fashion and design through his collaborations with Kanye West and his distinctive, graphic-driven creations. Earlier this year, LVMH purchased a majority stake in Off-White, the label he founded in 2013 that had become a staple of the streetwear scene and collaborated with retail giants like IKEA.

In 2018, Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, making history as the first Black designer to be appointed to the role.

The designer is survived by his wife, Shannon Abloh, as well as his children, Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, and his parents, Nee and Eunice Abloh.

Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer of LVMH, shared his condolences through the LVMH Twitter account. “We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.” | Buy More, Pay Less | Anywhere in Asia Shop Smarter on AP Today | FREE Product Samples, Latest Discounts, Deals, Coupon Codes & Promotions | Direct Brand Updates every second | Every Shopper’s Dream! or AP lets you buy more and pay less anywhere in Asia. Shop Smarter on AP Today. Sign-up for FREE Product Samples, Latest Discounts, Deals, Coupon Codes & Promotions. With Direct Brand Updates every second, AP is Every Shopper’s Dream come true! Stretch your dollar now with AP. Start saving today!

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