31 August 2022

Martine Rose, Grace Wales Bonner and Telfar Clemens are in the running to succeed Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton

The French fashion house has taken nearly a year to find a successor following Abloh's tragic passing.

Louis Vuitton have now spent over a year searching for the successor to Virgil Abloh and according to Business of Fashion, a new appointment is expected within the next few weeks.

Of course, due to the tragic circumstances, it’s no surprise that the French fashion house has taken this long to announce a new director. Abloh, who died at age 41 last November, had cemented himself as one of this generation’s most icnoic designers with his influence stretching far and wide across the world of fashion and culture as a whole.

As Louis Vuitton looks to fill his colossal shoes, Business of Fashion have revealed that Martine Rose, Grace Wales Bonner and Telfar Clemens are reportedly being looked at as potential successors. However, the brand has still not made a finalised decision as of yet.

Rose, is a London-based designer whose self-titled label has seen an impressive rise since it began in 2007 and is revered for her unconventional approach to presenting collections. Fellow Londoner, Bonner, founder of menswear label Wales Bonner, already has some ties to Louis Vuitton after she received the 2016 LVMH prize. Meanwhile, Liberian-American fashion designer Clemens has been making huge waves in the fashion industry with his iconic Telfar Shopping Bags becoming a modern staple.

Abloh took over the reins at Louis Vuitton in 2018 after the success of his own label, Off White C/O Virgil Abloh, which quickly became one of the most sought-after brands in the world. He held the position of creative director up until his death, which was caused by an aggressive form of cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma.

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Instagram / Virgil Abloh

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