Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton Designer, Off-White Founder, Dies Of Cancer At 41

Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton Designer, Off-White Founder, Dies Of Cancer At 41. Virgil Abloh’s unexpected death at the height of his career shocked the world, with rival design houses pouring in tributes.

According to LVMH, the fashion and luxury house’s French owners. Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection. Died Sunday at the age of 41 after a long battle with cancer.

Abloh, the first black American creative director of a major French fashion brand. Introduced streetwear to the runway, including hoodies and sneakers.

His untimely death at the peak of his career shocked the world, with tributes pouring in from rival design companies, as well as actors and athletes, for a man considered as a true humanitarian genius.

“This devastating news has shaken us all. Virgil was not only a brilliant designer and a visionary, but also a lovely spirit and wise man “

According to a statement from LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault.

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“The LVMH family is with me in this time of immense sadness, and we are all thinking of his loved ones who have lost their husband, father, brother, or friend.” He added in the statement posted on LVMH’s Twitter account.

He had been “fighting privately” for some years, according to the organization.

Earlier this year, LVMH announced that it will buy a majority stake in Virgil Abloh’s Off-White luxury streetwear business. LVMH purchased a 60% stake in Off-White, while Abloh retained a 40% stake.

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No one will forget impact’ of Virgil Abloh

In his work with Louis Vuitton, Abloh has addressed both environmental and social themes. With anti-racist and anti-homophobia slogans at his January show in Paris.

He previously stated that he intended to use his connection with LVMH. “To extend opportunities for diverse persons, and foster better equity and inclusion in the industries we serve.”

“So sad to hear of the demise of beloved Virgil, one of the loveliest individuals you could ever meet.”

Said Kim Jones, artistic director of menswear at French fashion label Dior.

“An enormous inspiration to us all, both as a designer and as a person.”

Gucci, a rival Italian luxury fashion business, praised Abloh

“Though his vision will live on through the trails that he built during his career. He will be profoundly missed.” Gucci wrote on Twitter.

Abloh, the undisputed king of luxury streetwear, had positioned himself as one of the world’s most searched designers in just a few years.

His signature style included sneakers and hoodies. As well as an immediately recognizable emblem comprised of oblique black and white bands. Nike, Jimmy Choo, and Moncler were among his many successful collaborations.

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