The New Louis Vuitton Book Celebrating The Boundary-Breaking Virgil Abloh

It’s the first book on the trail-blazing designer since his passing.

It’s a relationship that changed the course of fashion history: Virgil Abloh as the first African American to hold the role of Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton

His appointment marked a new era of inclusivity, diversity and empowerment for luxury fashion, and the creative force that was Abloh turned the defining moment into a movement.

His death in November 2021 after a battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer shocked the fashion, art and music worlds, but a new book is celebrating his boundary-breaking legacy at Louis Vuitton.

The first released since his passing, Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh is an intimate portrait of a man who was made to break the rules, both on and off the runway, and is written by his close collaborator and fashion writer, Anders Christian Madsen.

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A Ground-breaking Figure

The book is divided into eight chapters, one dedicated to each of the Virgil-orchestrated Louis Vuitton menswear collections and shows, as well as his complete catalogue of sneakers.

Containing over 320 iconic and stunning images, Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh provides in-depth captions that contextualise every stage of the designer’s professional, and personal, story while at Louis Vuitton, taking readers on a journey through his rich and varied cultural reference points (think The Wizard Of Oz and 90s hi-hop.)

The major moments in Abloh’s Louis Vuitton tenure are included, like his first campaign, featuring a three-year-old girl dressed in a sample-size Yellow Brick Road sweater from the spring-summer 2019 collection.

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Personal reflections from some of Abloh’s closest friends and inner circle, like Naomi Campbell, Kendall Jenner, and Kid Cudi, are included with the book, as well as ‘Abloh-isms’—quotes, like “everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself—frequently spoken by the creative visionary that inspired his peers, and younger generations.

The definitive chronicle of a partnership that re-defined luxury fashion, the book is a true insight into a creative visionary, a man who made an impact across everything he touched.

Collectible Covers

The title will be released with two collectible covers, both emblematic of Virgil’s astounding creativity and mastery.

The first, a symbol of Virgil’s commitment to inspiring future generations, is taken from the Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2022 spinoff show in Miami and features an image of a young child bounding towards a striking red Louis Vuitton hot air balloon.

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The second features cartoon artwork by pioneering Black creative Reggieknow, who illustrated the now cult-favourite characters for Virgil’s spring-summer 2021 show.

The book also comes in an Ultimate Collection, packaged in a collectible cover, and featuring a special insert that serves as a compendium for every single sneaker Virgil designed for Louis Vuitton, including this year’s Air Force 1s.

A fitting tribute to a culture-shifting creative, Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh is a true celebration of the partnership that changed the force of fashion forever.

Brought to you by Louis Vuitton.

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