Making space for oneself: In memory of Virgil Abloh
Do it yourself
Virgil Abloh was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1980. His parents were Ghanaian immigrants. As his father wished, he minored in civil engineering and got his masters degree in architecture. And, just like many good stories start, he already was designing his own shirts in university.
His first big move was an internship at Fendi, together with his friend Kanye West. Later, him and Kanye founded a retail store together with Don C. Additionally, Abloh was appointed to the role of creative director at Kanye’s agency Donda.
That’s when Abloh’s legacy started forming itself into was it’s now. It’s hard to give him just one title. Abloh, who at this point was directing iconic music videos as well as designing covers for Kanye and friends, was also making clothes, DJing and much more.
Then, in the midst of the tumblr era, he launched Pyrex Vision. His first coup in the realms of streetwear, an instant success. What did he do? He slapped his logo on deadstock tees and sweatshirts by brands like Ralph Lauren, charged up to 500 $ for them, making hundreds of Dollars. He later shut the brand down, because after all, it was just an art project. But Pyrex Vision was a clear demonstration of what he was able to do: Making something out of literally nothing.