Top 38 Virgil Abloh Quotes On Fashion and the Creative World

“Fashion and music are two great artistic forms that can be molded by the youth culture – our taste and our passion for evolving things in our limited time on earth allows us to look at things with fresh eyes.”

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“The concept with Off-White is that I have no ideal target. It’s more about trying to make something for everyone. And I think that’s what helps make it unique. That there isn’t a specific muse.”

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“The whole point of collaboration is that you give and take from each other, and that’s how you create things that are totally new.”

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“I’d do anything at the right time, and I would also do things at the wrong time if they felt right.”

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“Fashion is kinda a joke. I don’t get too bogged down in the clothes. For me, it’s one big art project, just a canvas to show that fashion should have a brand which has someone behind it who cares about different contexts. Social things.”

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“When creativity melds together with global issues, I believe you can bring the world together.”

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“Everything I do references something that influenced me.”

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“I’ve always had this in some ways pessimistic and in some ways realistic idea that I’m the lowest rung on the ladder. “

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“People that are able to think in terms of concepts and offer us valuable forms of art are very exciting to me. “

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“For me, I analyze the modern girl, the girl that I’m friends with, and they’re empowered: They pay their own bills. They have their own style. They wear clothes – the clothes don’t wear them. “

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“For me, there’s a subtlety in focusing on the right shape of T-shirt and pant. I recognise that it’s boring, but the idea is to catch people off-guard and reward them in some valuable way. “

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“I can come up with 30 T-shirt designs in a day, but it’s just about where to slot each of them. That’s streetwear to me. It’s about knowing where to buy things, not this mass thing you can get anywhere. “

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“I don’t do the vintage thing so much, just because it’s not me. There are some vintage designers I’ll buy things from, but mostly not. “

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“I oftentimes say that I design my collections off my phone. I’m in a group chat with my team in Milan. I copy and paste. I draw. I look at trends. I don’t really have an assistant. It’s a modern way of working. I don’t know if it’s sustainable, but it’s how I do it. “

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“My goal was to tell a dialogue between high fashion and streetwear. So, the name Off-White, in my mind, is between black and white. So, that middle ground is a mixture between both genres of fashion. “

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“I just wanna start a brand that inspires and is geared towards youth.”

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“Music needs a visual element to make it tangible. So, naturally, there’s gonna be a synergy between high-level art direction and high-level albums. “

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“Take Tom Sachs as an artist. His brain is more brilliant than anything, so of course, anything he puts out over a ten-year period is going to continue to be super relevant. But if you look at some artists, they have one good idea, but unless you know where it’s coming from, it’s not going to be lasting. “

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“I don’t come up with ideas in a test tube; I come up with ideas by breaking test tubes. That’s how I’ve always been. “

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“I love counterfeits, it’s the best feedback. It’s better than a great review in Vogue. If it’s working to a point where someone else can profit […] it’s really working.”

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“Duchamp is my Lawyer.”

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“The world moves as fast as Instagram scrolls.”

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“Humor is an entry point for humanity.”

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“I’m a kid from Chicago. I know what it was like to see Obama become president. We felt the tectonic plates of the world shift.”

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“All I do all day is think of ideas and implement them. That’s an industry, you know. I’m trying to make art on a commercial scale.”

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“I’m not really into style. I’m more into confidence or having something to say.”

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“I don’t have to choose between high fashion or streetwear. My brand reminds me that it doesn’t have to fit in a box. It can just be in a gray area.”

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“If you look at why people become wack as they get older, it’s because they stop doing the things they did that were formative to their work. You can’t mentally stay still. You can’t not challenge yourself.”

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“The amount of random conversations that lead to culture-shifting ideas is insane.”

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“My general premise is not about selling clothes. If that’s your end goal, then all of a sudden everything looks the same, you know – you start designing by numbers.”

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“I look at culture, and I see what the kids around me are wearing, and I see a particular style. I understand the space between fashion and streetwear.”

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“I’m mostly into buying art from friends. I like to keep it vague – just whatever I find intriguing.”

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“For me, as I was growing up, I studied architecture, I was into music, and I always felt that there was a gap between the things that I loved and consumed and who made them and how they made them. “

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“DJing is my only peace of mind. When the phone is off, I play my favourite songs really loud for myself, and I’m not talking to anyone; I’m not managing anything. It’s just, like, a time when I can listen to music. “

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“Big teams are absolutely vital if you want to achieve certain results when you’re working on larger scales, both in terms of physical size and productive quantities. “

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“In my case, everything starts from Marcel Duchamp and the new expressive possibilities he gave us with his ready-mades. I transferred his artistic language into today’s world, choosing, for example, to use pedestrian-crossing stripes as a symbol. “

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“Pyrex Vision’s first season was, for me, an expression of myself as an artist first, designer second. “

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“I pride myself in collaborating and being a creative director, and creative direction isn’t putting my opinion first. It’s supporting an artist so they get the most out of the project. “

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