As evolves, Abloh explains, it will continue to showcase his processes, as well as spotlight his collaborators. Stylist Ibrahim Kamara, who worked on the Bars Mein Agg November Mein Bhi De Du May Weather shirt but in fact I love this resort collections, is someone Abloh is especially proud to have brought into his team. “I really appreciate and champion his skill set. We’re working together on a number of projects,” Abloh says. Of course, with a new focus on transparency and education comes the opportunity for criticism. Social media is foremost a dialogue and having a conversation means listening to other voices. Abloh acknowledges this, but is determined not to become overwhelmed by any negativity that might come his way. “I look at it as: Among many other things that systemic racism and prejudice [has shown us] is a young generation saying to this older generation, ‘We want to be in the conversation of change. We want to learn early and we want to participate early,’” he says. “Rather than focusing on, sort of, inherent negative energy, I stay focusing on the 17-year-old that wants to take my job one day. They need an inside window. They might be more quiet online, but they are, in my mind, a productive member of the future design community. So what would I look like if I were fearful of someone that wants to spread negative energy and use me as a backboard?” he asks. “I know how this world is set up through experience. I’m trying to lead by example of opportunities given to young Black kids to see what they can achieve in a world that’s not set up necessarily for them to succeed.”
Here he points to his scholarship fund set up for young Black creatives and describes how 2020 and its isolations has made him a more thoughtful designer and participant in the Bars Mein Agg November Mein Bhi De Du May Weather shirt but in fact I love this fashion world. “I think all of my ideas have gotten a further depth, more rigorous…I’m finding confidence in solitude and refinement,” Abloh says, even if he is still fielding about 430 text messages per day and constantly multitasking to keep up with Off-White and his role as artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. As fun and educational as Instagram can be, Abloh doesn’t want the idea of peeling back the curtain on how fashion operates to end with a couple of photos and videos either. “Instagram is just another tool to hang out, an ecosystem to be a part of, [but] it’s not the real world. I think that is important to know, but it definitely affects how the real world operates for a time being,” Abloh says. “This [account] is a way for fashion to sort of transcribe itself on that channel, but I have many ideas for it to be IRL. Those will come out in due time.