Virgil Abloh’s legacy

On the 28th of November 2021, designer and creative Virgil Abloh tragically passed after a two year battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. Whether or not you liked his work Abloh undoubtedly had a massive impact on the creative industry during his career and will continue to do so, Carbon would like to celebrate his life by showcasing Virgil Abloh’s most influential work.

Architectural puffers

Pictured below are the puffer jackets Abloh designed for the Louis Vuitton Fall-Winter menswear collection. Influenced by his background in architecture, the awe-inspiring jackets were covered in Paris landmarks and well-known skyscrapers which debuted in a Barcelona Pavillion-informed set.

Off White x Nike

Abloh reinvented a total of ten different models of Nike sneakers for his The Ten project, including the Air Max, Air Jordan, Blazer and VaporMax. Now one of the most expensive and sought after trainers in the world, the Nike x Off-White Air Jordan 1 was the shoe that kickstarted the long-standing collaboration between Off White and Nike. 

Nike x Off-White Air Jordan 1 OG Retro High “The Ten” 

Off White x IKEA

Nodding to his love for architecture the “MARKERAD” collection was released on the 1st of November 2019. The name means “marked” in English, which is why the products carried Abloh’s iconic quotation mark signifiers, such as on the “SCULPTURE” bag and the “WET GRASS” rug.

Music

Before Virgil Abloh launched Off-White and became Creative Director for Louis Vuitton men’s, he worked on some incredibly influential album covers, most notably Kanye West’s. In 2011 Abloh was appointed as the Creative Director of KWs creative agency, DONDA. During his time there, he worked with a team of creatives like Joe Perez to create some of Kanye’s most classic album covers such as Yeezus and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Off White x Takashi Murukami

Abloh and Takashi Murakami took over London’s Gagosian gallery in early 2018. Murakami, the father of the superflat movement, combined his work with Ablohs deconstructive, Avantgarde way of working to create an art, media, and production collaboration in layered paintings and large-scale sculptures.

Virgil Abloh continues to inspire not only the fashion industry but those working across the creative industry and beyond, he will be missed by many.

Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself.” – Virgil Abloh

Rosa Macvicar