Virgil Abloh just landed a rather prestigious gig, as he’s been named the new Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton.
Following the success of his own label Off-White, as well as a number of widely hyped Nike drops, Virgil becomes one of a few black designers to ever hold a top position at the French fashion house.
“It is an honor for me to accept the position of Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton,” says Virgil. “I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times.”
The 37-year-old made the announcement with an image of a Louis Vuitton trunk on Instagram Monday morning (March 26), followed by Louis Vuitton releasing its own statement.
“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today,” said LV CEO Michael Burke. “His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton menswear into the future”.
Virgil’s first show with Louis Vuitton will take place in June during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.