Texts From Virgil

After his death, Virgil Abloh’s friends and colleagues shared some of the kind, curious and relentlessly optimistic DMs the designer was known to send. “2021 is a picture for us all to urgently paint.”

To Virgil Abloh, Instagram was the equivalent of a creative directory, something he’d scroll through to find collaborators and keep up with friends’ careers. “If someone has the right personality, I direct message them and ask them to work on projects for me,” he said in 2019.

For those on the receiving end of Mr. Abloh’s energetic DMs, his messages now serve as mementos, encapsulating the spirit of who he was in their lives. Following the announcement

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