“As an architecture student, I had a professor that said I didn’t have the pedigree or ideas or skill set to work in any sort of important context,” Virgil Abloh once told The New York Times in 2017. “Every no is perfect for me. I thrive off of no.”

The supernova designer, jet-setting DJ and all-around renaissance man has quickly become one of the hottest names in fashion and pop culture. Over the last two decades, Abloh has traversed nearly every sector of the fashion world, from designing artistic concepts for his friend Kanye West’s albums, to screen-printing logos onto old Ralph Lauren shirts to, most recently, reaching the pinnacle of his profession as artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear. He may have infiltrated the highest rungs of the world’s most esteemed fashion house by unconventional means, but the versatile Abloh is hardly an overnight sensation.

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