It is no surprise that Virgil Abloh is a busy man. From fronting the helm of his own label Off-White, menswear at Louis Vuitton as well as collaborative ventures for Nike and Ikea and even artistic and music endeavours, the celebrated designer is one of the most publicised creatives on the fashion and entertainment circuit. But in a new report, it seems that almost 18 months of non-stop work has caught up to the American.
According to a phone call with Vogue, Abloh has revealed to the publication that he has taken medical leave. “Essentially I’m working from home for the next three months, and in large part all my marketing events I’m canceling.”
In the lead up to the three-month hiatus, the 38-year-old has cancelled a number of high-profile PR appearances that includes events in partnership with Ikea and Nike, Vogue’s Forces of Fashion summit and the opening of his “Figures of Speech” exhibition in Atlanta this November. And in the midst of the fashion week circuit, he will also be absent from his Off-White Spring/Summer 2020 show in Paris this month, however has assured fans that the team is well-equipped without him.
“My Off-White team is equipped to handle this, and my Louis Vuitton team is expert-level. The shows will go on,” he told Vogue.
In August, the designer revealed he wasn’t bouncing back like he is used to, particularly after overseas flights. “…everything is fine, but the doctor told me ‘this pace that you’ve sort of pushed your body—to fly all these miles, do all these different projects—is not good for your health.’”
Stay tuned for his return.