Virgil Abloh | Virgil Abloh designed Olympian Shaun White a Louis Vuitton snowboard case

Virgil Abloh designed a Louis Vuitton snowboard case for Shaun White.

The Olympic champion has hailed the late fashion icon – who died in November, aged 41, following a private battle with cancer – as ‘an incredibly nice guy’ and ‘enthusiastic about life’ while revealing that the creative director of menswear at Louis Vuitton and Off-White’s founder made him a bespoke LV case for the Beijing Winter Olympics before his death.

The 35-year-old snowboarder told Vanity Fair: “I had heard he was into snowboarding, but I had no idea he was such a big fan. Virgil was an incredibly nice guy, just passionate about life.

“At the end of our conversation, I told him that I had collected vintage LV luggage and that it would be one of my dreams to have a Louis Vuitton snowboard case and his response was ‘No e**** *way’. It’s perfect for what we’re doing right now!”

The video game star – who is working on his own snowboard apparel collection with Whitespace – is still working with Virgil’s team.

Shaun said: “We were still talking and working together even after Virgil passed away.

“[The sketches] I just arrived last week and didn’t even put them away when I got home; I just put them in the living room. They are just exposed. I think they are so perfect.

He expressed being “so honoured” to bring Virgil’s designs to his final Olympics – currently underway in Beijing – and how Virgi’s widow, Shannon, had expressed her approval.

Shaun said: I am so honored to be able to bring them with me to my last Olympic Games. Virgil’s wife also commented on my post on Instagram saying that the Abloh house will be cheering me on at the Olympics and Virgil will be so happy. It meant so much to me when I saw this. I will definitely bring a piece of him with me to Beijing.


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