Coinciding with this weekend's collaborative release, Virgil Abloh sat down with Style.com to talk OFF-BLACK, his brand new capsule collection alongside Hiroshi Fujiwara. On the eve of the range's launch, Abloh discussed working with the godfather of streetwear, the concept behind OFF-BLACK, the collab's design elements, the influence of Japanese streetwear, and more. While an excerpt appears below, the interview can be read in its entirety over at Style.com. OFF-BLACK -- crafted for the POOL aoyama's "MELANISM" concept -- is now available in-store while supplies last.
How did the project come about?
This project with Hiroshi Fujiwara came about in the most organic way. We simply met for tea on a trip to Japan after I had met him and Chitose Abe from Sacai in the lobby of my hotel. Both of them being huge inspirations in how I understand culture and design, it was an honor to cross paths.
What does it mean to you to work with Hiroshi Fujiwara?
It’s an absolute honor. As a fan of streetwear, I knew his contemporary work in the early 2000s, but it was enhanced by a recent gallery project I took part in; my work was curated next to the Malcolm McLaren estate in Copenhagen in 2014. When drawing comparison between the work done around fashion, music, and the arts, I was inspired to learn Hiroshi’s connection with Malcom McLaren. Their influence had a lasting impact. That link has had a dramatic effect on trends, street culture, and the arts alone to this day.
Why did you want to spin off Off-White into Off-Black c/o Virgil Abloh? Will this collection continue, or is the plan to make it a covetable one-off?
The challenge of Off-Black was the initial concept to explore another spirit of my label Off-White. Further information on future iterations of the concept is unknown, but we are stressing the importance with the launch that the concept is alive.
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