Virgil Abloh, the man behind streetwear label Off-White and Nike\u2019s epic footwear project the Ten has signed on as the new Artistic Director for French fashion house Louis Vuitton.\r\n\r\n"It is an honour for me to accept the position of Men\u2019s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton,\u201d says Abloh. \u201cI 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."\r\n\r\nVirgil Abloh first drew attention while working as Kanye\u2019s Art Director\/BBF, before starting his own label Off-White in 2012. Since then, Abloh has been awarded various prizes, most recently winning the British Fashion Awards Urban Luxe award and International Designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2017.\r\n\r\nHe\u2019s certainly got the popularity with Off-White sitting on 3.1 million Instagram followers, while the man himself has 1.6 million. What may surprise is that Virgil has no formal fashion education. Instead, he has a degree in civil engineering and a masters degree in architecture. Abloh is also the first African American Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton.\r\n\r\nWhile Abloh didn\u2019t pioneer streetwear, he\u2019s undoubtedly one of the names that made it as popular as it is today and it will be interesting to see how Louis Vuitton influences his work or if it will be the same designs he\u2019s known for with a different logo and higher price tag.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ll know more when Virgil Abloh presents his first show for Louis Vuitton in June during Men\u2019s Fashion Week in Paris. Abloh will also continue to run Off-White.\r\n\r\nIn the meantime, we sat down with Suitsupply Vice President Nish de Gruiter to talk Suitsupply, that controversial campaign and opening the first Australian store.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.