Cover Virgil Abloh at the Met Gala 2021 (Photo: Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images)

This influential designer shook up the course of the fashion world, and in the wake of his unexpected passing, we’ve compiled a list of his best signature pieces to own

Losing a great designer takes a toll on the fashion world, even more so when they’re at the peak of their creative energy. Virgil Abloh had just experienced a couple of spectacular seasons, bringing interesting and innovative designs to his menswear, womenswear and accessories collections.

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His final Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2022 collection was quite possibly his best work, with lots of layering, colour and creative silhouettes. While we wait for those pieces to become available, we look back at his previous releases. These are five essential pieces you should acquire, because when they sell out, they’ll be gone for good.

Louis Vuitton monogram embossed utility jacket

This is a leather jacket done Virgil Abloh’s way—giving a classic piece a modern upgrade. The leather is embossed with the Louis Vuitton monogram as a nod to the designer’s experimental approach to logomania, and his 3D pockets in various sizes feature on the front and back of the jacket. Very visibly him, this is one of his cleanest designs.

Off-White Jackhammer shoulder bag

Don’t miss out on the chance to sport all of Off-White’s key aesthetic codes in one item—bold red, the arrow logo and Abloh’s signature tag. This shoulder bag is a timeless statement piece, and the quilted leather and mixed silver and gold hardware means it will be wearable for many seasons to come.

Louis Vuitton monogram embossed mid layer

If there’s one item that is instantly recognisable as Abloh’s design, it’s this mid layer—less of a vest and more akin to a harness, this item had its fair share of coverage when Timothée Chalamet sported a glittery style on the red carpet at the Golden Globes in 2019. This Louis Vuitton monogrammed version is an iconic item to own and will always remind us of Abloh.

Off-White Second Skin mini dress

This double layered dress is an easy staple to incorporate into your wardrobe, and a flattering styler in his womenswear collection. Combining activewear with a futuristic aesthetic, the panelling on this dress created by the contrasted stitching subtly resembles machinery. This looks excellent worn with boots, heels or trainers, and the stretchy jersey material easily accommodates a range of body shapes and sizes.

Off-White Vulcanized 5.0 trainers

Almost always sold out, Abloh’s trainers are the quintessential piece to shop. Often mixing neutral shades with an element of fun—whether it’s a tag, a striped pattern or his classic branding in quote marks—his shoes are his most defining designs, and one of the pieces that brought him to the forefront of streetwear.

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