One of the virtues of impeccable dressing, as expounded by this award-winning men’s periodical, is how it can get you shortcutting your way to career success. But while clothes maketh the man, what better way to pile on the career #inspo than gleaning from the man that maketh the clothes?
We’re talking none other than Virgil Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear label Off-White and Creative Director of Louis Vuitton. The Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People In The World’ became all of that for a good reason – many good reasons – and his recent sit-down with Mr Porter will make you rethink what you should be doing in your chosen line of work in 2019.
That’s not to say Mr Abloh didn’t have to work at all in the past. When he was still trying to make his mark as an architect, he was also designing music album covers for friends. “I never think of things as one thing or the other. It’s like “do both”. And that’s how I ended up where I am now. I believe in multitasking at core.”
Following his passion is the way he was raised, and he claims that it is ingrained in his DNA.
“There are shortcuts for everyone.”
Mr Abloh may agree with shortcuts to fast-track your career goals, but that shouldn’t be the be-all-end-all. You’d only be relying on happenstance to make things happen for you. What if there’s no happenstance?
“I believe that coincidence is key, but coincidence is energies coming towards each other. You have to be moving to meet it. There’s a natural coincidence of life. But I think that all things help; I think the only factor is that when you work hard, things naturally advance.”
“Everywhere is an office.”
Mr Abloh has already made his stand on multi-tasking crystal clear above. “(Having a fully charged smartphone) removes you from being plugged in to an ironically corporate desk-like place.”
Bottom-line, if you have to cultivate the habit of productivity, be mobile with your mobile.
Embrace the ‘chaos of life’.
Like any true blue creative, Mr Abloh is no stranger to anxiety when it comes to his works. And then when you bring in smartphone distractions, you’re likely to be looking at a career digression rather than progression. How does a man deal?
“There are different types of distraction, some productive and some not. But again, I do believe that, sometimes, when I’m distracted is when I think of a good idea. So, you can’t always call it a distraction. It’s the chaos of life.”
“Two heads are better than one.”
Mr Abloh’s meteoric rise to fashion stardom (he has 3.5m Instagram followers to boot) didn’t come as a result of coincidence, luck and lonesomeness. Like an effortlessly handsome ensemble that turns heads, it is the sum of its parts, and Mr Abloh recognises that team work makes the dream work.
“Collaboration is what happens with everyone in my offices and I believe in extending that outwards. I look for someone that has an authentic voice that, together, we could make something that we couldn’t make individually.”