The impact of fashion designer Virgil abloh is unstoppable.
The late founder of Off-White, who was also the creative director for men’s wear for Louis Vuitton, broke the walls of his profession. He was also the first African-American appointed artistic director for the French luxury brand. However, he also held the doors open for others to pass through.
Abloh passed away in November. 28th, 2021, was an innovator in the industry who revolutionized the fashion industry through his clever designs, taught aspiring Black designers, and encouraged Black fashion students through several scholarships.
The legacy of his father continues. With the help of Abloh’s family members, Louis Vuitton is collaborating with Sotheby’s to sell 200 limited-edition models made of Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh sneakers, which come with Louis Vuitton pilot cases.
The proceeds will benefit the Fund and benefit the Virgil Abloh(TM) “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund, which, together with the Fashion Scholarship Fund, supports the education of academically talented students of Black or African-American African descent.
The “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund was first launched in July of 2020, with the gift of $1 million from Abloh along with partners Evian, Farfetch, Louis Vuitton, New Guards Group, and Nike in the wake after the killing of George Floyd.
Each year, the awards winners are chosen from FSF’s list of more than the 66 universities and colleges across the United States and include eight HBCUs by an annual FSF Awards Competition.
The first release from”Air Force 1,” a collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1,” debuts at the Abloh spring-summer runway show in 2022. With a price starting at $2,000, the shoes will be sold in sizes 5-18 and constructed of leathers with contrasting colors in Louis Vuitton’s famous Monogram and Damier patterns.
Every pair is offered with the Louis Vuitton pilot case seen on the same runway. The launch is also the celebration of air force 1’s anniversary of 40 years. What more appropriate birthday gift than this triple-hyphen alliance?
Alongside this auction, Louis Vuitton will be showing the original runway sneakers in its stores around the world. The colorways will be available in some Louis Vuitton stores, priced similar to the starting price of the limited-edition models. If you’re not a money issue and a lover of fashion that pays you back, make your bids available from January. 26 through February. 8, on sothebys.com.