What’s Next for Virgil Abloh’s Legacy?

Shannon Abloh, wife of late designer Virgil Abloh, said: “You have to understand, there are no plans. one The New York Times interview was published on Tuesday, the day after the one-year anniversary of his death from a rare cancer at the age of 41. When he died, in particular, Virgil was doing a lot of different things: he was the man. Design collections as a creator. director of both Louis Vuitton menswear and his own brand, Off-White; he is planning ambitious Brooklyn Retrospective Museum; He’s been in constant communication with countless creative, celebrity colleagues and others, about what they’re doing and how he can help. In his grief, his widow is working to archive it all.

“Although we knew the challenge of what he was fighting, it happened a lot faster than we thought,” Shannon continued, telling Vanessa Friedman of time. “So we never had a ‘this is the legacy I want you to work towards’ discussion. But since I’ve been with him for so long, I know every little bit about him. I know every inch of his brain.

Because in res . media is Virgil’s permanent MO, that legacy is still being worked on and many of his projects are still unpublished. In May, Shannon founded Virgil Abloh Securities (of which she’s also chief executive officer) as a means of garnering a variety of designer creative endeavors, including his Alaskan design studio featuring based in London and a joint venture with Nike called Architecture, for safety; next spring, as president of the Virgil Abloh Foundation, she will host “an inaugural summit of his closest collaborators who will devise ways to increasing creative opportunities for the next generation of minority students.” (In July 2020, before his death, Virgil announced the creation of Virgil Abloh™ “Postmodern” Scholarship Fund worth millions of dollars to benefit Black fashion students.) As Howard Feller, Virgil’s longtime business advisor who now works with Shannon, told time: “We’re on a 50-year plan.”

Elsewhere in the interview, John Hoke, Nike’s creative director, “said at least a year’s worth of Off-White x Nike products are ready,” which Architecture is currently parsing. The Off-White™ x Nike Terra Forma, a rugged high-top shoe emblazoned with the words “Tread Lightly” and the first Nike sneakers designed from the ground up by Virgil, will go on sale later this month. 12, accompanied by a garment chain.

“After he passed away, so many people came to me and said, ‘Virgil is my best friend.’ His best friend in the fashion industry, his best friend in the music world,” Shannon said, echoing the sentiment. many people in Virgil’s orbit shared in the days and months after his death—of friendship and mentoring exists via WhatsApp and Instagram DM messages. “A lot of his collaborators, or even people who may not be close to him, feel, ‘I can do this to help his legacy, or I can do that to help his legacy. help his legacy.’” As for her part in that work, she added, “I think it’s important that my children in 20 years be able to see what their father has been able to do. do and mom really stepped up.”


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