Few people in fashion worked harder than Virgil Abloh in the 2010s. The man behind the influential streetwear brand, Off-White, and, more recently, the creative head of Louis Vuitton men’s, Abloh spent the decade hustling. He came into the fashion industry seemingly from nowhere, a DJ and Kanye West’s creative right-hand man. Abloh never went to fashion school; instead, he applied a DJ’s sensibility to the business, collaborating with just about everyone and proving that mash-ups are fashion’s best tool for connecting with large, diverse swaths of people. But then a couple of months ago, Abloh announced that he was taking some time off. The guy who famously took eight flights a week needed a minute to breathe. He still worked, on Vuitton men’s, on Off-White, and on one very viral wedding dress for his friend Hailey Bieber, but mostly he was at home in Chicago, spending time with family.
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