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Louis Vuitton pays tribute to Virgil Abloh in SS22 presentation

Jeremy Lim
29 November 2021

Louis Vuitton has put out a short video titled "Virgil Was Here," paying tribute to its artistic director Virgil Abloh, who passed away yesterday aged 41. The French fashion house also announced that its upcoming Spring/Summer 2022 menswear presentation in Miami will be dedicated to "the life and legacy" of the Off-White founder.

Abloh was due to stage the show on 30 November, which features his spring 2022 Vuitton menswear collection. Louis Vuitton hailed the late designer as a "creative genius", with the event set to go ahead alongside the official opening in the Miami Design District of Vuitton’s first freestanding store devoted to Abloh’s men’s collection.

Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton said in the statement: "It is with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of Virgil Abloh. Virgil was not only a friend, great collaborator, creative genius, visionary and disruptor, but also one of the best cultural communicators of our times. He paved the way for future generations. As a devoted supporter of his community through his charities and passions, he was an eternal optimist who believed anything was possible.

"In this same spirit, we at Louis Vuitton will proudly continue to celebrate his legacy with a final show in Miami, per his wishes. I am honored to have called him my friend. My deepest thoughts are with his wife, children, parents, family and the entire community that was touched by his greatness."

Davide De Giglio, Chairman and CEO of Off-White’s parent company New Guards Group, and Andrea Grilli, CEO of Off-White, added in a joint statement: "Virgil was a genius, a visionary but most of all he was family. There are no words to describe the loss that his passing leaves in our lives. His legend, his love and his spirit will remain with us forever. Thank you for changing our lives, Virgil. Rest in power, brother."

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