Abloh, founder of Off-White is currently under fire for how he publicly addressed looters of RSVP Gallery and Vintage by Round Two Los Angeles.
Over the weekend, fans have been taking to social media to call out their favorite celebrities in an attempt to hold them accountable for their silence in the wake of nationwide protests. Following George Floyd’s violent death, fashion’s most popular black designer Virgil Abloh has been receiving fire for his response to riots and looting in Los Angeles.
Abloh, who has been heralded as a top designer in the streetwear community after creating Milan-based label Off-White posted a screenshot of a donation of $50. The amount was allegedly towards bail for protestors in Miami created by Fempower. This amount is merely laughable as Abloh is also the artistic director of Louis Vuitton Men’s.
Virgil just posted he donated $50 lmao…I can’t believe this is y’all mans. 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XZoc3oU6AU
— Yuri’ san (@plugyuri) June 1, 2020
Twitter users mainly those who focus on fashion in the black community pulled out receipts from 2016 and 2018. Their thoughts presented the fact that Abloh has been tone-deaf for years and that this isolated social media moment isn’t random. In the past, he’s stolen from emerging black talent and spoken on end about his thoughts on the high pricing of Off-White.
There were many telling instances with Virgil but the one for me was when this young Black designer, Wole Olosunde, shared how excited he was to meet Virgil + show him a glasses design he completed
That young man’s glasses were ripped off in the Off-White SS19 Collection smh👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/jqCWCOdANm
— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) June 1, 2020
I asked Virgil in 2016 how could he take inspiration from the youth and then proceed to price them out of buying the brand they’ve inspired. His response? “—my brand is inspired by the youth. I wouldnt say it’s directly made for the youth.” pic.twitter.com/Mvu1KakNBH
— AB/G (@bibbygregory) June 1, 2020
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FAKE FASHION !!!!! @off____white @virgilabloh !!!!! I am just saying that This OFF-WHITE Drop now in Paris looks familiar…@punkzec @colrsbaby @arisefashionweek #fw18 Oops!!!! @diet_prada THIS NEED TO BE STOPPED!!! I am sick and tired!!!!
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Additionally, Abloh voiced his opinions via social media on the looting done to Sean Wotherspoon’s Vintage by Round Two Los Angeles location. RSVP Gallery which Abloh has ties to was also looted, Don C, founder confirmed with Complex over the weekend.
Abloh on Round Two LA and RSVP Gallery’s looting:
“This is fucked up. You see the passion blood sweat and tears Sean puts in for our culture. This disgusts me. To the kids that ransacked his store and RSVP DTLA, and all the 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.”
He also shared on Instagram that he doesn’t believe the looters are a part of the streetwear community, per the Guardian. “Streetwear is a community. It’s groups of friends that have a common bond. We hang out on street corners, fight with each other, fight for each other… Streetwear is a culture. ‘Streetwear’ is a commodity.”
Virgil Abloh Responds To Round Two And RSVP Gallery Being Robbed.. pic.twitter.com/WqPLze0WxM
— HypeNeverDies (@HypeNeverDies) May 31, 2020
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On Monday, Abloh shared his thoughts on Instagram again. This time, he defended his donation amount by highlighting he was matching funds sent to him by his friends. “The $50 donation described in a recent screenshot was part of a matching funds movement of friends i follow in my timeline.” He added that he’d share the exact amount he’s donated to numerous causes.
Take a look at responses to Abloh’s $50 donation below.
I should be sleep, but I’m up thinking about how Virgil Abloh donated $50 and then told people
— Brittany Luse (@bmluse) June 1, 2020
Virgil Abloh selling socks that’s worth the same as mortgages and said here’s $50 my brother fight the power.
— Ahmed/Official A&R for OVO Records (@big_business_) June 1, 2020
Virgil Abloh, founder of Off White & artistic creator of LOUIS VUITTON really had the nerve to share his $50 donation. The audacity. That’s not even half the amount of one his damn keychains. My Off White bags will be going up for sale this week.
— Ourfa Zinali (@ourfazinali) June 1, 2020
People paying 1,000$ for off white t shirts just for Virgil abloh 2 donate 50$ back 2 black lives matter omfg life don’t make sense I might lose my mind
— Christian Dion (@We_StayCoolin) June 1, 2020
Robyn Mowatt is a staff writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind @robyn_mowatt.