When Virgil Abloh, the men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton, first dropped images of his forthcoming collaboration with the Japanese DJ and designer Nigo back in March, the internet went resoundingly wild. Of course, the world looked significantly different then. We’d heard all about coronavirus, but the World Health Organization hadn’t yet classified it as a pandemic. That happened two days later. So while we were unsettled by the global growth of the virus, the rapturous reception pointed to the fact that we are still mad for a creative collaboration, especially when it involves two of the world’s biggest names in streetwear and luxury. The cumulative cultural currency of Abloh and Nigo is exponential, after all, and it’s encapsulated in the LV2 collection, the bulk of which drops into stores this month.
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