Virgil Abloh, the founder of the Milan-based fashion label Off-White is an American creative designer and DJ. He was born in 1980 to his Ghanaian parents and is from the ewe tribe from the Volta Region of Ghana. He was raised in Rockford, Illinois. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and graduated in 2002. He also bagged a Masters of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
After working for an architecture firm for two years, Abloh shifted his focus to fashion. In 2009, he founded RSVP Gallery, an art gallery and menswear boutique in Chicago. That same year, he joined Kanye West’s creative agency Donda as creative director, overseeing projects like stage shows and concert merchandise.
In 2012, Abloh launched his first fashion brand, Pyrex Vision, which screen-printed logos onto Champion t-shirts and dead stock Ralph Lauren rugby shirts. Alongside this, he collaborated with Matthew Williams and Heron Preston as part of a collective called Been Trill.
In 2013, Abloh launched luxury men’s and women’s streetwear label Off-White in Milan, Italy. The brand was picked up by stockists like Barneys and Colette, and is worn by the likes of Jay-Z, ASAP Rocky, Rihanna and Beyoncé. In 2015, Off-White was an LVMH Prize finalist. Abloh is certainly making waves in the world of fashion with his luxury streetwear label, Off-White. Abloh runs his fashion brand alongside consulting. He DJs under the alias Flat-White.
OFF-WHITE 2018 SPRING- SUMMER COLLECTION
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