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Chicagoan and Kanye West collaborator Virgil Abloh named artistic director at Louis Vuitton

Virgil Abloh, Kanye West collaborator and designer of Off White, the haute streetwear label that launched him into high fashion’s spotlight, has been named artistic director of menswear at the Paris-based fashion house Louis Vuitton.

"I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times," Abloh said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

The move puts the 37-year-old Abloh — one of only two black designers in charge at a top fashion house — at the center of the fashion world at one of the most recognizable names in luxury fashion.

Abloh’s first collection for Louis Vuitton will be shown in Paris in June.

dsyrek@chicagotribune.com

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