Designer Virgil Abloh has climbed the ranks from Kanye West’s longtime creative director to a bonafide fashion rockstar! His line Off-White has catapulted what we once thought of high-end streetwear as escapism for hipster kids to the everyday gentleman incorporating separates into their work and weekend wardrobes.
In a new interview with TGD favorite, The Coveteur, Abloh discusses his methods for designing, cultivating and creating an invitation into his Off-White world and what we can learn about today’s youth culture.
Don’t Talk About It, Be About It:
“Just do it instead of talking about it. Make something. Do something. Print it. Sell it. That is the biggest thing that I’ve learned. It is not some intellectual piece of advice; it is really simple—just do it.”
On Those Raf Simons Comments:
“That was the best wording for it. [Closing the gap between generations will take] good work. At the end of the day, it is just a call to see work get better as it evolves. I don’t think [it] is a bad idea at all.”
The Art of Fashion:
“The process of making clothes I think has this halo of ‘you can’t do this.’ It’s interesting that people take clothes [so seriously], like, ‘I need to find this.’ But you can actually make them too—you can make them your own. It doesn’t hurt the garment if you cut it, add to it, or get it tailored. You know, they are just clothes. People are generally fashion obsessed, as I am. I started making clothes in that sort of way; screen-printing on clothes that weren’t mine. That is how the brand started.”
“Youth in general. I am intrigued by how the youth have sort of determined if things are on trend or aren’t and have sort of challenged the generation before it. Usually things that I find are progressive I think are important.”
[The hotel in Asia isn’t] that far developed, but I have a concept. To me, I can design a spoon, or a hotel. It doesn’t matter. I have ideas and how to make something unique to my point of view. One thing will lead to another, which can lead to… Who knows what the future could be? I am open to anything.”
Image Source: Renee Rodenkirchen for The Coveteur