Is there such a thing as “Black Man Magic”? If there isn’t, then someone needs to start that hashtag and pin it to Virgil Abloh, the designer of luxury-streetwear label Off-White. The 34-year old-Chicago native has done in five short years what it takes many a lifetime in the fashion business to achieve: create a commercially successful label, dress a cadre of celebrities, secure lucrative collaborations with brands like Nike and Jimmy Choo, and be awarded Streetwear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council—making him the first black designer to ever win a British Fashion Council Award.
On Friday, Abloh was nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for both Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year. On Monday the fashion flock woke to the news that LVMH, the luxury conglomerate that owns Fendi and Dior, among other industry-defining brands, has appointed Abloh as the new menswear designer for Louis Vuitton, one of the crown jewels of Parisian fashion.