ARTIST FOCUS: VIRGIL ABLOH

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There are some blessed souls that walk this planet that seem to have the natural born gift to excel in any field to which they turn their hand. Virgil Abloh is one of those who undoubtedly falls into this category.

 

A graduate in Civil Engineering, it was through architecture early on, that his creative juices were stirred, specifically in design and he soon found himself working as an intern at Fendi alongside none other than Kanye West.

This led to West making Virgil the creative director of his agency Donda. Not long after, the entrepreneurial spirit within him rose the the fore, with the creation of his own fashion house, Off-White which specialised in high end street-wear.


Virgil Abloh x Nike The Ten

Having then gone on to design a furniture range for IKEA, Virgil’s next and most high profile appointment was as the artistic director of the iconic fashion house Louis Vuitton in Paris.

 


Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 Runway Show

 

Add to the mix his artistic efforts, thanks to his collaborations with old time friend and celebrated artist Takashi Murakami, it should come as no surprise he is also equally adept behind a set of CDJ’s taking time to mix up classic bangers with some underground sounds for the ultimate party sets, ideal for fashionistas and cool cats on The Island of The Gods.


Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami


Virgil Abloh x Takasih Murakami art installation

 

Booked to play the closing party alongside skater turned designer Alex Olson for the incredibly interesting and innovative Future Design week taking place at Potato Head Beach Club from 17th-23rd May. The week is dedicated to design and in keeping with Potato Head’s continued efforts to spearhead responsible industries at a time when it is so crucial to the future of our planet, how we can incorporate design into a circular economy.

Virgil Abloh and TaEast Ray-Ban x Boiler Room weekender:

So make sure you attend some of the talks and workshops this week, especially if you are a business owner and enjoy the closing party shenanigans on the 23rd alongside one of the most incredibly talented and respected creative out there… Virgil Abloh!!