Louis Vuitton Star Designer Virgil Abloh died on Sunday in Chicago at the age of 41, after a two-year battle with cancer.
The American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants became fashion’s most prominent Afro-American designer and creative mind behind Louis Vuitton’s menswear collections.
Virgil Abloh was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. He was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 until his death from cancer in 2021. Abloh was also the chief executive officer of the Milan-based label Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2012.
Virgil Abloh’s parents
Nee and Eunice Abloh met in the capital of Ghana Accra in the 1970s. They gave birth to Abloh on September 30, 1980 in a suburb outside of Chicago, after they moved to the U.S.
According to the New Yorker, Nee worked at a paint company and Eunice worked as a seamstress. Abloh was tought how to use a sewing machine by his mother at a young age, and his designing talents appeared, making unique T-shirts at the time.
We are heartbroken by the news of Virgil Abloh's passing. pic.twitter.com/JurKPSItn3
— Nike (@Nike) November 28, 2021
LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years. pic.twitter.com/CytwZLvSFu
— LVMH (@LVMH) November 28, 2021
Virgil Abloh, who has died today aged 41, will be remembered as one of the most popular and influential fashion designers of his era. https://t.co/1q77iOmO0n
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) November 28, 2021