Kanye West is 'lined up' to replace Virigl Abloh at Louis Vuitton

Kanye West is ‘being lined up’ to replace the late Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton creative director… in a move allegedly orchestrated by the longtime friends before the designer’s death

Kanye West is reportedly being eyed as the next creative director for Louis Vuitton after the passing of Virgil Abloh.

According to The Sun, West and Abloh ‘masterminded’ the 44-year-old rapper’s alleged creative takeover prior to the late designer’s death.

Abloh, who served as the luxury brand’s artistic director for menswear, died on November 28 after battling a rare form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, for two years. He was 41.

Next move? Kanye West is reportedly being eyed as the next creative director for Louis Vuitton after the passing of Virgil Abloh; West seen in 2019

‘Kanye is devastated about Virgil’s death because they had been friends for years and worked together a lot,’ a source told the outlet on Wednesday.

‘They shared a similar vision and now Kanye feels he owes it to Virgil to continue his work at Louis Vuitton.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to representatives for Kanye ‘Ye’ West who have yet to respond.

Back in 2009, West and Abloh met while serving as interns for the Italian luxury brand Fendi in Rome, Italy. It was there that the pair’s 12 year friendship was born. 

In it together: According to The Sun , West and Abloh ‘masterminded’ the 44-year-old rapper’s alleged creative takeover prior to the late designer’s death; West and Virgil pictured in 2018

Empire: According to Forbes , the Louis Vuitton empire – founded in Paris, France in 1854 – is currently valued at nearly $50billion with $15billion in worldwide sales

Kanye made Virgil the creative director of his content company Donda in 2010. 

He’d go on to serve as artistic director for Kanye and longtime collaborator Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album, which earned him a grammy nod for art direction at the 2012 ceremony.

Along with his partnership with West, Abloh allowed his own designs and artistic vision to flourish through the launch of his own line Off-White in 2013. 

Tragedy: Abloh, who served as the luxury brand’s artistic director for menswear, died on November 28 after battling a rare form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, for two years. He was 41; Virgil seen in 2019

His groundbreaking fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated tastemakers.  

Virgil would become the first black American creative director of a top French fashion house after he was named as Louis Vuitton’s menswear creative director in 2018.

According to Forbes, the Louis Vuitton empire – founded in Paris, France in 1854 –  is currently valued at nearly $50billion with $15billion in worldwide sales.

Same wavelength: ‘They shared a similar vision and now Kanye feels he owes it to Virgil to continue his work at Louis Vuitton,’ a source told The Sun; West and Abloh seen in 2018

Longtime pals: Back in 2009, West and Abloh met while serving as interns for the Italian luxury brand Fendi in Rome, Italy. It was there that the pair’s 12 year friendship was born; Virgil and Kanye pictured in 2018

Over a decade ago, West’s collaboration with the brand on a line of sneakers proved to be massive success.

As reported by GQ, the 12-year-old sneakers surpassed ‘the $1.5 billion mark in annual sales; in 2019. 

Though they were retailed at just over $1100 upon their 2009 release, the sneakers are now worth over $30,000, ‘seeing a value increase of 2,532 per cent.’

Since 2009, Kanye has only further immersed himself into the fashion world with the launch of his Yeezy label in 2015.

Early collaboration: Over a decade ago, West’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton on a line of sneakers proved to be massive success for the aspiring designer and the luxe brand; Kanye seen in 2020

The odd silhouettes and design choices that make Yeezy what it is has captured the hearts – and wallets – of fashion lovers around the world.

Though he may be slated to take over Louis Vuitton, West’s alleged ascent to power in not without a heavy heart as he continues to grieve Abloh’s very recent passing.

After news broke on November 29, the Grammy-Award winner hosted a Sunday Service vigil for his longtime friend.

As another display of unimaginable grief, West wiped his entire Instagram page of content. 

Passion for fashion: Since 2009, Kanye has only further immersed himself into the fashion world with the launch of his Yeezy label in 2015; Kanye seen with daughter North West in 2020

Grieving: After news broke on November 29, the Grammy-Award winner hosted a Sunday Service vigil for his longtime friend; West seen on November 24, just days before Abloh’s November 28 death

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