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The shocking death of Virgil Abloh less than six months ago sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, with many still trying to come to terms with the fact that high-end fashion has lost one of its brightest black visionaries to cause of cancer.
While many wondered who could fill his still-vacant position as creative director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, the same question also arose for his personal brand, OFF-WHITE. No word on a successor to LV yet, but it looks like OFF-WHITE has found a new creative director in 31-year-old British designer Ibrahim Kamara.
Kamara, who is also known as Ib for short, is no stranger to crafting cutting-edge editorials given his current position as editor of the wildly popular Dazed Magazine. “Ibrahim Kamara joins Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™ as Creative and Picture Director,” the brand confirmed via social media (see above), further explaining his qualifications for the role in adding in the caption: “Ibrahim’s relationship with Virgil and Off-White ™ was born and grew through DM messages on Instagram, has blossomed both personally and professionally over the past 3 years, creating a bond strongly based on mutual respect and shared values. In this new role, he will further develop his influence and vision of the brand’s collections, image and content.”
Read the official statement from Off-White CEO Andrea Grilli on the matter below:
“Following Virgil’s tragic passing, we have worked tirelessly to keep his legacy alive and the brand relevant as an ever-evolving point of reference and platform. Inspired by Virgil’s vision and approach to his art, we’ve nurtured a collective of creative minds who represent the best in class and have a strong, personal connection to Virgil. Having Ibrahim on board, who has been part of the Off-White™ family for years styling our shows, to oversee the art and creation of the brand in this next chapter is a great honor. With his talent and vision, we look forward to tackling the next chapter of Off-White™ together, always remembering the groundbreaking creativity and values that Virgil held dear and that are at the heart of our brand.
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Kamara, a Sierra Leonean who lives in London, is recommended by Virgil himself as 2021 New York Times profile highlighted when the late designer described Ib as a “generational talent”. We’re sure he’ll not only make his much-missed fashion brother very proud, but also find a way to make the job his own. More power for you, black man!
Always rest in peace v.
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