Off-White and Highsnobiety’s capsule collection benefits from Virgil Abloh’s scholarship fund and continues the designer’s legacy
While the world and the fashion industry may miss Virgil Abloh in his presence, his spirit lives on and inspires the next generation. Since his passing in late November, the designer’s work has continued to influence both the industry and budding creatives. From a Mercedes-Maybach car collaboration, a Louis Vuitton bracelet to benefit UNICEF, to Oscars evening dresses and more, his work has proven that it lives without him. The latest brand that the multi-hyphenate creative work has done is a partnership with the Highsnobiety capsule collection and Off-White c/o Fashion Scholarship Fund to benefit the Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund.
Comprised of iconic streetwear essentials including a varsity jacket, hoodie and t-shirt designed by the late creative director and his studio, 100% of proceeds from merchandise will be donated to the fund.
The coins were originally created in 2021 to benefit the fund. Highsnobiety worked closely with Off-White and The Fashion Scholarship Fund to realize the collection and Abloh’s vision for it. The campaign features photographs of the inaugural class of the Post-Modern Scholarship Fund wearing the designs.
At the height of the Black Lives Matter movement in July 2020, Abloh announced the creation of the fund in conjunction with the Fashion Scholarship Fund with a mission “to foster equity and inclusion within the fashion industry by offering scholarships for Black, African-American or African-American descent students, supporting the next generation of Black leaders in the fashion industry,” according to a statement.
Abloh’s desire to see contestants succeed after participating informed the choice of name. Rather than just supporting them during the apprenticeship phase, the fund will help participants with career support and mentoring after graduation through the Fashion Scholarship Fund. More than 40 “post-modern” scholars have been awarded college scholarships. Of the 23 recipients this year, 20 of them identify as women. Two students, Naecia Dixon and Ifechi Ilozor, will receive a special honor among the 2022 Fashion Scholarship Fund recipients recognized as top scholarship recipients.
This year’s class is: Autumn Bentley from Kent State University, Aliyah Freeman from FIT New York, Chibuike Uwakwe from Harvard University, Jakarie Whitaker from Clark Atlanta University, Jade Williams from Academy of Art University, Mya Wright of Florida A&M University, Kaitlyn Gilliam of Howard University, Shanita Hunt of Indiana University, Nyanna Johnson of University of Cincinnati, Ahmrii Johnson of Parsons School of Design, Ifechi Ilozor of University Brown, Taliyah Coles and Camille McHenry of Marist College, Amira Linson and Latonya Presley. from the University of North Texas, Jamesether Koigbli, Kierra Lee, T’yanna Neely and Samual Stern, all from Thomas Jefferson University and Daniel Kachina, Naecia Dixon, Korin Jones and Gianni Williams, all from SCAD Atlanta.
“Virgil’s cultural heritage is one of those things that is so important that we can’t quite understand its dimension from where we are right now in history,” says Highsnobiety’s editor, Thom Bettridge, who interviewed and wrote extensively about Abloh during his career. . “So to contribute to that legacy in this way is a huge honor for us as a publication, as fans of him and as chroniclers of his work. Creating new opportunities for young people was central to the philosophy of Virgil, and the “Post-Modern” Fund is such a powerful extension of that.”
“It is a privilege to continue Virgil’s legacy of identifying promising black students and supporting their aspirations to succeed in the fashion industry. Virgil has had an immeasurable impact on the lives of his first class of scholars” We are grateful for the support of Highsnobiety and Off-White as we strive to continue the vital work initiated by Virgil,” said Peter Arnold, Executive Director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund. nonprofit focused on education and workforce development in the United States.
The Off-White X Fashion Scholarship Fund capsule will be available exclusively at Highsnobiety Shop from April 13, 2022. In addition to online sales, a single collection will be auctioned on April 11, 2022, during a gala reception in New York organized by the Fashion Scholarship Fund for the class of 2022 fund recipients, including those selected for the “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund. To help ensure the longevity of the funds, Highsnobiety will campaign with its deep fan community to make donations beyond the sales of the capsule collection.