LVMH has announced the passing of Virgil Abloh, who was the men's artistic director of Louis Vuitton, on November 28, 2021 after a battle with cancer.
Abloh had been with Louis Vuitton since 2018.
His personal brand Off-White was started in 2013, and in July 2021, LVMH acquired a majority stake in the brand.
LVMH and Abloh had previously announced the expansion of their relationship to launch new brands and partner with existing ones in a variety of sectors beyond fashion.
Bernard Arnault, LVMH chairman and CEO, said: We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend."