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Louis Vuitton men's wear gets first black creative director

Published:Monday | March 26, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Paris based fashion house Louis Vuitton has named American Virgil Abloh, the founder streetwear brand Off-White, as its new men's wear designer.- AP


 Paris-based fashion house Louis Vuitton, has named Kanye West collaborator Virgil Abloh as its new men's wear designer.

The 37-year-old is the founder of the Off-White label, and will become, alongside Balmain's Olivier Rousteing, one of only two people of colour in charge of a major fashion house. He replaces Kim Jones, who left in January to become men's wear designer for Christian Dior.

In a statement, Abloh said "I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times."

Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke Monday praised Abloh's "innate creativity and disruptive approach (that) have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today."

The company says Abloh's first show will take place during men's Fashionweek in Paris in June.