After months of speculation, the rumors are in fact true. LVMH has announced that Off-White founder (and part-time DJ) Virgil Abloh will be heading to Louis Vuitton as Menswear Designer following the departure of Kim Jones.
The decision to appoint Abloh is history-making. He is Vuitton's first Black artistic director. It's also a dream come true for Abloh. Back in 2016, he told GQ, “I can play in and out of what’s commercial, I can do things for the art’s sake. But it’s all a résumé. I want to design for a house.”
No doubt he was the obvious choice for the role considering the work of his predecessor. Jones has been famously credited with bringing streetwear influences to Vuitton—no doubt he will do the same.
According to The New York Times, Abloh will continue designing for Off-White and working with friend and longtime collaborator Kanye West. Given the fact that major luxury fashion conglomerates have been playing a game of musical chairs when it comes to appointing creative directors, excitement and anticipation are high for his first collection.