Just In: Off-White’s Virgil Abloh Is Louis Vuitton’s New Menswear Designer

His first collection for the brand will be shown in June

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The rumours circulating that Off-White’s Virgil Abloh will be Kim Jones‘ successor at Louis Vuitton turned out to be true after all: The 37-year-old has been named the Maison’s new Artistic Director of Menswear.

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“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. His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future.” explained Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman & CEO, in an official statement.

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There has been plenty of conversation surrounding Abloh, whose street-meets-high fashion aesthetic has won him legions of fans around the world. Despite the criticism leveled at him (Raf Simons called him “unoriginal” in an interview), Abloh is one of fashion’s top collaborators, working with the likes of Jimmy Choo, Ikea and Nike. His first collection for Louis Vuitton will be shown in June.

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