Louis Vuitton had its Creative Director Kim Jones step down to join Dior Homme leaving everyone wondering who is going to take over the world biggest luxury powerhouse. Today, the news got revealed that Virgil Abloh has become the new artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. Whilst Nicolas Ghesquière continues as Creative Director for Louis Vuitton womenswear, Virgil Abloh will takeover LV’s menswear collections.
He becomes the first African-American artistic director for Louis Vuitton and one of the very few black designers at the top of the French fashion house. Whilst Olivier Rousteing is currently creative director of Balmain, and Ozwald Boateng, from Britain, was the designer for Givenchy men’s wear from 2003 to 2007. Virgil Abloh will now relocate his family to Paris to pursue his new role.
Virgil Abloh stated to BOF:
“I feel elated,” Mr. Abloh said via phone on Sunday, adding that he planned to relocate his family to Paris to take the job at the largest brand in the stable of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”