PARIS, France — Louis Vuitton has announced that Kanye West’s longtime creative director Virgil Abloh is the new artistic director of menswear at the luxury brand.
The 37-year-old entrepreneur is the first African-American artistic director of a top French heritage house. He also arrives on the heels of Kim Jones, his predecessor, who is now at Christian Dior.
The luxury brand, owned by LVMH, will present 37-year-old Abloh’s first men’s collection in June during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, the firm said.
Abloh, the founder of streetwear label Off-White, will take over from Kim Jones, who was recently appointed the new designer of menswear at Christian Dior, another LVMH brand.
Abloh, whose parents are from Ghana, told the New York Times he was ‘elated’ and excited to ‘to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look’.
Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman and CEO, said: ‘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.’
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— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) 26 mars 2018
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