Louis Vuitton Designer Apologizes After Criticizing Looting, Donating $50 To Protesters
Luxury brand Louis Vuitton’s menswear designer faced backlash after he criticized the looting and destruction taking place following the death of George Floyd, Reuters reported.
Virgil Abloh, the highest-profile black designer in fashion and the creator of Off-White, was attacked on social media after he condemned the looting of shops in Chicago and Los Angeles, Reuters reported.
“This disgusts me,” Abloh wrote about a damaged store owned by a fellow street wear designer. “To the kids that ransacked his store and RSVP DTLA, and all our stores in our scene just know, that product staring at you in your home/apartment right now is tainted and a reminder of a person I hope you aren’t.”
Abloh also was criticized for making a $50 donation to a bail fund to assist with legal expenses for protestors when items from his clothing brand cost hundreds of dollars and socks run for over $100. He took to Instagram and explained that he was matching the funds donated by his friends, according to Complex. (RELATED: Biden Staffers, Celebrities Scramble To Funnel Bail Money To Rioters)
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He also apologized for his remarks about stores being looted.
“Yesterday I spoke about how my stores and stores of friends were looted. I apologize that it seemed like my concern for those stores outweighed my concern for our right to protest injustice and express our anger and rage in this moment,” he said on Monday, according to Reuters.
Virgil Abloh, founder of Off White & artistic creator of LOUIS VUITTON really had the nerve to share his $50 donation. pic.twitter.com/qMh3n2lrf7
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He also said he supported “every movement to eradicate racism and police violence.”
“I am a black man. A dark black man. Like dark-dark. On an average trip to the grocery store in Chicago I fear I will die. Any interaction with the police could be fatal to me.”