Oh, to Be Mentored by Virgil Abloh

The designer made it his mission to foster the talents of young creators.

In the fashion world, few people were more committed to mentoring the next generation of creative talent than Virgil Abloh. As an untrained designer, he sought to level the playing field because of his own struggles to break into the top echelons of the business.

Mr. Abloh, who died on Sunday, took part in several mentorship programs while also founding his own. After the murder of George Floyd in 2020, he raised $1 million through his Postmodern Scholarship Fund, which was backed by Louis Vuitton, where he was artistic director of men’s wear, for Black students who wanted

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