Virgil Abloh’s influence is remembered beyond the fashion industry he progressively helped shape as the founder of Off-White™ and the men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. The visionary designer, who made made it his mission to create an inclusive and unprejudiced fashion industry for the future, died at the age of 41 in November after establishing initiatives, such as the Post-Modern Scholarship Fund, and throwing his support behind important enterprises, including The Black Curriculum, of which he was the first patron.
Some months before his passing, Abloh and Edward Enninful – British Vogue’s editor-in-chief and European editorial director – initiated conversations about creating a collection to benefit The Black Curriculum, whose mission is to teach Black British history across the UK. Now, the T-shirt and two hoodies – each bearing the combined logo, one emblazoned with Virgil’s own script – come to light with the Abloh family’s blessing.
“The funds will enable us to roll out the creation of our pledge in tandem with national bodies, to further the commitment of teaching Black history and develop location-specific resources in Black history,” says Lavinya Stennett, founder and CEO of The Black Curriculum. For Enninful, the collection is a fitting parting gift from a man who “always worked for a greater cause than his own illustrious career: to open the door to art and fashion for future generations, so that they – unlike himself – would grow up in a creative world with people to mirror themselves in”.