Generational hero, Off-White™ designer and Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Menswear, Virgil Abloh has announced he has raised over $1 million to benefit scholarships for black fashion students through the launch of his “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund.
Virgil Abloh’s “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund will be managed in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF). Abloh’s mission is clear, to foster justness and inclusion within the fashion industry by providing scholarships to students of academic promise of Black, African-American, or of African descent. Additional and important support is also provided in the form of mentorships, information and support services.
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Taking to Instagram Abloh released a statement.
“Anyone that’s ever been in a meeting with me or a creative brainstorm or even a random iMessage chat knows that I’m forever fighting for the “17-year-old-version” of myself.
What that specifically means is... all I want is for any young black kid to achieve a shorter path to their career goals, and if I can help with an open source approach to opening doors or messaging "how-I-did-it" along the whole way, then I've done my real job, not my actual job.
I'm putting money, my resources, and my rolodex where my mouth is... just keeping it “Two Virgil’s” or more accurately “That many Virgil’s” in the slideshow above: I've started a scholarship fund for black students and raised $1 million so far, pre-announcement with the same manic creative brainstorm that got me here with the support of some of my collaborators and the @fashionscholarshipfund it’s called the Virgil Abloh™ "POST-MODERN" scholarship fund.
The goal is to make sure I'm not one of the few, but one of many in my industry...”
$1 million is a huge achievement so far that will only grow, while many amazing young creatives will be able to benefit from learning, funding and mentoring from this spectacular industry icon.
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Image credit: @virgilabloh