By Jasmine Wing
Full name: Virgil Abloh
Date of birth: September 30, 1980
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Virgil graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 and the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2006, with degrees in civil engineering and architecture, respectively.
He entered the world of fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside rapper Kanye West.
Kanye West appointed Abloh the creative director of his creative agency, DONDA, the creative content company founded by American rapper and fashion designer Kanye West. The company is named after West’s late mother, Donda West.
In 2012, Abloh launched his first company, Pyrex Vision, a small boutique of couture streetwear.
Abloh founded his first fashion house and second business overall in 2013 with the high-end streetwear brand Off-White. Based in Milan, Italy, the company was described by Abloh as “the gray area between black and white as the color off-white” to investors and fashion critics.
On March 25, 2018, Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line, marking him the first person of African descent to lead the brand’s menswear line, as well as one of the few black designers at the helm of a major French fashion house.
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