By Sandra Rose  | 

Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh has come a long way since he emerged on the fashion scene as Kanye West's creative director. The 37-year-old founder of urban wear designer label Off-White was named Louis Vuitton's new menswear designer. Abloh replaces Kim Jones who left LV in January.

Abloh's Off-White clothing line is highly favored by celebrities and fashionistas everywhere. Tickets to his runway fashion shows are often hard to come by.

Balmain's Olivier Rousteing and Abloh are only two people of color in charge of major fashion houses in the world.

Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke raved that Abloh's "innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today."

“I feel elated,” Mr. Abloh told the NY Times via phone on Sunday, adding that he planned to relocate his family to Paris, the home base of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.

"This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams," Abloh said. “I want to use Louis Vuitton’s history with travel to really look at different cultures around the world to help make all our humanity visible. When creativity melds together with global issues, I believe you can bring the world together. Fashion on this level can really open eyes.”

Abloh is a 1st generation Ghanaian-American who was raised in Illinois.

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

  • SaltineCrackers

    Good for him.

  • iWasteTime

    This is dope!!

  • Yoni7

    However, it looks as though Gucci or Guccy, or however they're spelling it these days, is about to be selling their own knockoffs. That Guccy looks like something you'd get a your local flea market. How can you tell the real from the fake nowadays?

  • Tammie Reed

    Saw this last night congrats to him!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Chile I don't even care anymore. If its cute and reasonable Ill buy Gucci Guccy Guccie Guccey what evah

  • Yoni7

    Right! That's all that matters.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I'm down with anything Kanye was associated with.

    Congrats to another black man making strides.

  • Yardgirl

    Congrats black man, woot woot!! I am confused though, what does the Guccy (?) Gucci have to do with this story? I read it twice and I don't know. I am in a meeting sneaking a read but still?

  • angrysolo

    oh, congrats

  • Dun Dilly

    wait, I thought SHIA Lebou was Kanye's creative director ??

  • Karen Brady

    He looks like Kim-ye.

  • MJF

    Amazing! Things like this are small victories! Love it

  • We Can Do This

    Once inside, learn everything you can then start your own Brand, after all the contractual obligations and stipulations has expired.

  • ENice

    Yeezy silently wept, but most likely happy for his friend.

  • LordeAmbler

    Ghana is doing some big things as a country as far as fashion. I really like that. Im glad he got this role. Kanye made huge impacts on peoples career but his career is just dormant. His mom I believe played a big role on his self esteem. Hopefully he will find himself some balance.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Ghana in the house!!! Congrats to him...

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    dope af.

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  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    lets not forget homie at British Vogue either

  • SandraRose

    British Vogue is not a fashion house, it's a magazine.

  • Panther Charleston

    Woop, woop!???

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    lmao because that wasnt super obvious, i was referencing the influx of black men in prominent positions in fashion. Being named creative director of LV is just as big as being editor of one of the Vogues.

  • bella28498 .

    This is not a victory.... White business owners understand the power of the black dollar and they are grabbing up the black talent quickly to work for their companies so that u don’t start your own businesses that will compete with theirs. Within the last 2 years I know sooooooooo many black ppl that have started very lucrative businesses and with all the black empowerment white business owners are feeling the financial pinch.

  • SandraRose

    I appreciate the explanation, but surely you don't believe "Being named creative director of LV is just as big as being editor of one of the Vogues"?

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    Um, YES. Fashion is a paradigm and if you think Anna Wintour and one of her cronies didn't have to green light this move along with Enninful going to a Vogue........


    There is a brilliant NY Times article on what im trying to say specifically about Enninful and his promotion. Likewise there are so few blacks in serious positions of relative "power" that the two promotions are clearly parallel.

  • bashi

    Congrats to him

  • bashi

    Don’t worry his wife is white so he’s already working for them lol

  • bashi

    So true he must be lol

  • bella28498 .

    Dayum? I see no lies with your comment

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Congratulations to him!

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  • TrollingStoned

    I know Kanye somewhere sick lol wasn’t he begging the major fashion designers to back his hobo attire clothing line at one point?