Every Object Was a Canvas

Virgil Abloh expanded the idea of what a collaboration could be.

Throughout his life, Virgil Abloh was obsessed with the idea of collaboration, and many of his partnership projects were cornerstones of hypebeast culture. This makes sense for a cross-disciplinary artist who sharpened the visions of other artists, including Kanye West and ASAP Rocky. As the founder and chief executive of Off-White and, later, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s wear, he expanded the idea of what a collaboration could be. Evian water bottles, Ikea furniture, Warby Parker frames, compostable Cha Cha Matcha cups. To Mr. Abloh, every object was a canvas.

Today collaborations have become, in the eyes of

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