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Virgil Abloh’s legacy forever resides at the heart of hip-hop

Virgil Abloh‘s legacy as a fashion maverick wasn’t built overnight, as the iconic designer always strived to do everything for his “17-year-old self.”

Since founding his brand Off-White — along with his role as the director of Louis Vuitton menswear — Abloh was an innovator, muse and motivator for everyone who crossed his path. Since news of his passing broke on Nov. 28 — and after a two-year long battle with cardiac angiosarcoma — Abloh’s life has been celebrated on multiple occasions by his family and friends with the likes of Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Drake, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Tyler, The Creator and many others all paying their respects.

On Dec. 6, the late-designer’s life was further cherished during a memorial service in his hometown of Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Many speakers came forward to speak on Abloh’s “compassion and drive,” as Tyler, The Creator was seen holding back tears during his time on stage.

His sister, Edwina Abloh, spoke endearingly of the fallen icon during her eulogy: “Virgil inspired multitudes to never relent and to be the best versions of themselves. My brother was endearing and humble, yet daring and courageous. His charisma and aura resonated love and kindness to all.”

A week prior, Abloh’s final show in Miami— Louis Vouitton’s Spring-Summer 2022 collection — brought forth an outpouring of support from the hip-hop community and fashion world.

Ye and Pharrell were seen sitting front row, as Kid Cudi, Metro Boomin, Gunna and 21 Savage were also present at the Miami event. Abloh was well-known throughout as a tastemaker — designing iconic album covers in Watch The Throne and Luv Is Rage 2 as well as LV’s pristine sets.

While Virgil’s mark on the industry and his peers can never be replaced, his impact will be undeniably felt for years to come. Rest In Peace to the legendary, Virgil Abloh. #VirgilWasHere