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Virgil Abloh, founder of the label Off-White and Louis Vuitton’s current artistic menswear, was commissioned by Twitter this weekend after he lamented the looting that took place during the weekend’s protest against police brutality in black communities. His comments, combined with a tweet from him donating only $ 50 to the Miami-based organization Fempower for protests’ legal fees, had convinced social media that Abloh did not have his priorities right when it came to what exactly is regrettable about the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, born of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police last week. In an Instagram post on Monday, however, the luxury designer apologized for how his comments came about, adding that he has donated over $ 20,500 to the cause.
“Fall & paragraph 81 why I said” streetwear “is dead,” Abloh said in one of his posts this weekend, along with a video of L.A. store Round Two being looted. “To the kids who ransacked his store and RSVP DTLA, and all of our stores in our scene just know, the product that is staring at you in your home / apartment right now is related and a reminder of a person I hope you are not, “he commented during a post by Round Two owner Sean Wotherspoon. “We are part of a culture together. Is that what you want ?? As you pass him in the future, please have the dignity not to look him in the eye, hang your head in shame. “
Next to a picture of a broken door in Chicago’s RSVP gallery, he commented: “Today, the same community robbed us. If it heals your pain, you can get it … ”Twitter was quick to share its response to Abloh’s upset and small donation, and the designer’s name was even edited on Wikipediaalthough it has since changed back.
On Instagram, the designer now reflects a long way about his experience as a black man and immigrant as well as his comments. “As many have said, buildings are bricks and mortar and material things can be exchanged, people can’t. Black lives matter. At this moment, the other things don’t,” says the designer. “People who criticize ‘looting’ do it. often as a way to make it seem like our fight against injustice is not legitimate. I did not realize how my comment inadvertently contributed to that story. As mentioned yesterday, if looting facilitates pain and promotes the overall mission, it is within a good condition with me. “
And as for that donation, followers pointed out that the price for Off-White exceeds $ 50. According to Abloh, he comes to where they come from. “I can understand your frustration if you think my contribution was limited to $ 50,” he writes. “Purely false when it comes to the sum. I have donated $ 20,500 to the bail and other causes related to this movement. “Says the designer,” I will continue to donate more and will continue to use my voice to encourage my peers to do the same. ” You can read his entire post below.