I’m very distraught over the passing of one of my personal heroes, Virgil Abloh.
Virgil was a fellow Badger. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin around the time I did. We worked together a couple of times. As a peer, I looked up to him tremendously.
I’m a big believer in mentorship. It’s clear from the outpouring of screenshots and back stories that he was as well. He somehow managed to uplift everyone he came in contact with.
I studied Virgil with awe and respect. He was always creating. His presence was felt in so many different creative and business spaces; in so many disciplines. I can’t imagine what was going through his head the last couple years. It’s too painful to fathom.
I’m collecting memories and enjoying his work anew. This really was a collective loss. I’m losing sleep over it. I can’t really look at social media right now. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m having a tough time.
Virgil’s star will shine bright over Art Basel this week. This is the culture industry’s new main event. It’s the place where the digital and physical art worlds are becoming one.
Last night’s LV tribute show revealed Virgil’s latest line. I’m sure there’s more in the vault. But not unlike Steve Jobs, I think Virgil’s impact in design and art will last many lifetimes. He may be gone, but his philosophies — the way he moved — will live forever.
Also published on Medium.