Virgil Was Here
The Life & Times of Virgil Abloh
When he was 17 years old, Virgil Abloh sent Nike his own DIY designs for their infamous Air Force 1 sneaker. Two decades later, just prior to his untimely passing from cancer at the age of 41, Abloh was responsible for orchestrating a momentous Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force collaboration. Abloh's meteoric success as a designer and businessman seems rivaled only by his reputation as a truly generous, inclusive leader who sought to inspire and open doors for younger generations. Writing for GQ, Samuel Hine described Abloh as a "multi-multi-hyphenate creative whose tenure at [Louis Vuitton] was nothing less than groundbreaking." Tremaine Emory, Abloh's close collaborator and founder of fashion label Denim Tears, offered, "He’s one of the most powerful people in pop culture. There’s no one who’s been as powerful as him at his level of compassion, humanity, and kindness, and lightheartedness. There’s no one that feared him. Most people gain power through fear. He gained power through inclusion."
I’ve been on this focus in terms of my art and creativity, of getting adults to behave like children again. And they go back into this sense of wonderment. They start to stop using their mind, and they start using their imagination.