Black Coffee Virgil Abloh

Late fashion designer Virgil Abloh and iconic South African DJ and music producer DJ Black Coffee. Image via Twitter @realblackcoffee

‘V for Life’: Black Coffee pays tribute to late designer Virgil Abloh

DJ mix and collage: Black Coffee remembers his late friend and fashion designer Virgil Abloh a year after his death.

Black Coffee Virgil Abloh

Late fashion designer Virgil Abloh and iconic South African DJ and music producer DJ Black Coffee. Image via Twitter @realblackcoffee

Virgil Abloh was a powerful force in the global fashion world. From launching his brand Off-White to becoming artistic director for menswear at Louis Vuitton. Abloh was the first black designer to fill this position at the multibillion-dollar fashion house.

On Monday, 28 November — the first-year anniversary of Abloh’s death — world-renowned DJ and producer DJ Black Coffee paid tribute to his dear friend.

The designer died at the age of 41 on 28 November 2021 after a two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Tribute to a superstar: DJ Black Coffee and the late Virgil Abloh. Image via Instagram @realblackcoffee

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There’s no denying that Black Coffee is one of Mzansi’s biggest musical exports and he’s formed firm friendships with some of the world’s great creative forces. Chicago-born star designer Virgil Abloh was one of them.

The iconic music producer and Grammy winner had a strong relationship with the late fashion designer, architect and DJ. He was a regular at Abloh’s runway shows for Louis Vuitton and Off-White and even deejayed at some of these.

The Superman hit-maker posted on Twitter a collage of images of him and his late designer friend with the caption: “V for Life ❤️” .

“In 2029, Abloh’s street-wear brand, Off-White, released a capsule collection famously inspired by Black Coffee’s South African heritage,” according to News24.

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In 2021, Black Coffee honoured his friend in a way that comes naturally to him and that’s through music.

The famous DJ curated a DJ mix dedicated to the former Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director which summed up his legacy in a beautiful and dignified way.

“Even though you are physically gone, your passion, love and light will shine through forever. I and many others will carry this spirit in everything we do,” he wrote on Instagram in December 2021.

According to EDM, For My Dear Friend V is a mix of 13 unique house and techno tracks from a variety of African artists, including Emazulwini by Sun-El Musician and The Warrior’s Prayer by Karyendasoul. It also features a layered techno rendition of The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition by Safar and neverwaves, as well as Don’t Take It Personal from Jimi Jules.

We all wish we had a friend like Black Coffee, don’t we?

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