Virgil Abloh is a social activist. For years, the Off-White™ founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director has been advocating for industry-wide changes, providing “mentorships” and unambiguous messaging to spread the message and maybe inspire change.
Even with all of the frequent OTT aggressiveness sent his way, Abloh has found a rhythm for supporting basic principles, as seen by Off-newest Off-White™‘s capsule.
Off-White™ has debuted a two-piece “I Support” collection, consisting of a rainbow-tinged T-shirt and matching industrial belt (both $290), as part of Abloh’s larger “I Support All Forms of Love” series T-shirts – his subtly-free statement tees that would make Katherine Hamnett proud.
Though the United States celebrates Pride Month in June, LGBTQIA History Month is commemorated in October for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11 and the inaugural National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
The related campaign stars Black LGBTQ-identified activists Aneiry Simonnaeh, Kade Cahe, Uchechukwu Onwa, and regular Abloh collaborator Trinice McNally. Several of them also work with and/or with the Transgender Law Center, which is channeling all proceeds from the themed Off-White TM merchandise to its Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project.
“During this moment of LGBTQIA+ History Month, we honor those who have dedicated their life work to creating a safer space for us all,” said Abloh. “It is vital that we continue to work together to continue their legacies in uplifting all persons, and support our peers who are leading the way in this battle.”