Designer Virgil Abloh came under fire for sharing his small contribution.
Mostly known for being the owner of Off-White and the creative director for Louis Vuitton Menswear, Virgil Abloh, was trending for the sharing of his $50 contribution towards a bail out fund for protestors. This sharing came after the passionate comments denouncing the looting and destruction of his co-owned, with Don C, high-end streetwear boutique RSVP Gallery in Chicago & Los Angeles were vandalized and looted.
“To the kids that ransacked [Sean Wotherspoon] store and RSVP DTLA, and all our stores in our scene just know, that product staring at you in your home/apartment right now is tainted and a reminder of a person I hope you aren’t. We’re a part of a culture together. Is this what you want?? When you walk past him in the future please have the dignity to not look him in the eye, hang your head in shame….”Virgil Abloh / Instagram
Virgil also showed a lot of passion towards Sean Wotherspoon‘s Round Two Vintage store being looted: “You see the passion, blood, sweat and tears Sean puts in for our culture. This disgusts me.” Whereas Wotherspoon expressed his grievances was mostly with the fact that black lives are being destroyed at the hands of police violence in an Instagram post:
Virgil then issued an apology after his initial comments didn’t go over well online and appeared more emotional about property destruction than about the reasoning that led to the riots itself.
“I apologize that my comments yesterday appeared as if my main concerns are anything other than full solidarity with the movements against police violence, racism, and inequality,” his statement read. “I want to update all systems that don’t address our current needs. It has been my personal MO in every realm I touch.”
“Yesterday I spoke about how my stores and stores of friends were looted,” he continued. “I apologize that it seemed like my concern for those stores outweighed my concern for our right to protest injustice and express our anger and rage in this moment.”
“I also joined a social media chain of friends who were matching $50 donations. I apologize that appeared to some as if that was my only donation to these important causes,” he expressed.
The designer revealed that he has “donated $20,500 to bail funds and other causes related to the movement.”
“I will continue to donate more and will continue to use my voice to urge peers to do the same,” he went on. “I was on the fence about publicizing total dollar amounts because I didn’t want to look like I’m glorifying only higher amounts or that I want to be applauded for it. If you know me, you know that’s not me.”
The Louis Vuitton artistic director said he also plans to help in other ways.
“My particular aim is to change opportunities for young kids that look like me to design and ascend to the same position I have,” he shared. “Some upcoming projects include: items releasing shortly where all proceeds support bail funds for protestors [sic]. A platform titled ‘Community Service’ launched earlier this year that support [sic] emerging Black artists and designers with financial support and mentoring.”
Closing his message, he wrote, “I lead with love and move with respect to everyone I ever meet.”
Terrell Johnson is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of SWGRUS.