Designer Virgil Abloh Addresses Backlash Over Comments and Donations

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Designer Virgil Abloh apologized.

On Monday, the artistic director and founder of Off-White for Men in Louis Vuitton used social media to address his earlier comments on looting people and his $ 50 donation to protesters help the bail needed.

For a background story: Over the weekend, Virgil uploaded a screenshot of his Instagram stories that has since expired but was shared online. He only donated $ 50 “to children on the street who received a deposit of [sic] for the protests of George Floyd . ”

He also published and commented on a video showing Sean Wotherspoon’s Round Two Vintage Store being ransacked.

In a response that has since been deleted but has been captured by online users, the 39-year-old designer wrote: “You see the passion, blood, sweat and tears that Sean uses for our culture . This is disgusting I. ”

He continued:” For the children who have searched his shop and the RSVP DTLA, and for all of our shops in our scene, only the product you know is known staring straight at your house / apartment is spoiled memory of a person I hope you are not we are part of a common culture is that what you want if you walk past it in the future please have the dignity not to look him in the eye, to let your head hang in shame … ”

After a backlash, the off-white designer apologized for his comments and donations in a seven-page statement that was shared on Twitter and Instagram.

“I apologize that my comments yesterday looked as if my main concerns were anything but full solidarity with the movements against police violence, racism and inequality,” he said. “I want to update all systems that do not meet our current requirements. It was my personal MO in every area that I touch.”

“Yesterday I talked about how my businesses and businesses were ransacked by friends.” He went on. “I apologize that my concern about this business seemed to outweigh our concern about our right to protest injustice and express our anger and anger at that moment.”

Virgil also went into criticism of his donations.

“I also joined a social media chain of friends who raised $ 50 in donations. I apologize that to some, this appeared to be my only donation these important causes, “he said.

The designer announced that it “donated $ 20,500 for bail and other purposes related to the movement.”

“I will continue to donate more and continue to use my voice to urge peers to do the same,” he continued. “I was on the fence to publish all of the dollar amounts because I didn’t want to look like I was just glorifying higher amounts, or because I wanted to be applauded for it. If you know me, you know I’m not . ”

Louis Vuitton’s artistic director said he also planned to help in other ways.

“My particular goal is to change the opportunities for young children who look like me to design and advance to the same position.” have, “he shared.” Some upcoming projects include: Articles that will be released shortly and that all proceeds support bail for protesters [sic]. A platform called & # 39; Community Service & # 39; was started earlier this year and supports [sic] emerging black artists and designers with financial support and mentoring. ”

At the end of his message, he wrote:” I lead with love and move in relation to everyone I love ever meet. ”

Here you can read Virgil’s full explanation.

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