Virgil Abloh's Chicago Summer Takeover


Virgil Abloh is taking over the city of Chicago this summer! The 38-year-old artistic director at Louis Vuitton and designer of his Milan-based luxury-streetwear brand Off-White is blanketing the city with pop-ups stocked with limited-edition and Chicago-only designs, and surprise product drops planned throughout the summer.


The epicenter for all things Virgil is the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The designer’s retrospective titled “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech,” which opens June 10, fills the fourth-floor galleries with works from the above-mentioned labels and his other buzzy collaborations, including his work with Moncler, Nike and Ikea, to name a few.


The Abloh-designed 1,850-square-foot pop-up store named Church & State fills two fourth-floor galleries at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with walls covered in massive photographs by renowned fashion photographer Juergen Teller.


The limited-edition Nike Air Force 1 ’07 Virgil Abloh x MCA — known as “Flooded Blue” — will be available, but not at the store and not on a set date. Throughout the exhibition, there will be multiple surprise drops via the Frenzy app. If you’re quick, you can get the shoe for $159, but the sky’s the limit on the resale market. There will also be surprise T-shirt drops, $65, on the app that will be limited to as many as can be ordered in a 24-hour period, then end. The first drop last week sold nearly 10,000 shirts. The store will feature reinventions of approximately 20 of Off-White’s greatest hits adapted exclusively for the MCA. The MCA x Off-White Culture Wall collection allows you to — literally— wear the art from the exhibition, with suits, skirts and hoodies printed with images from the photo montage at the start of the exhibition depicting things important to Abloh.


The limited-edition Nike Air Force 1 ’07 Virgil Abloh x MCA — known as “Flooded Blue” — will be available, but not at the store and not on a set date. Throughout the exhibition, there will be multiple surprise drops via the Frenzy app. If you’re quick, you can get the shoe for $159, but the sky’s the limit on the resale marketThere will also be surprise T-shirt drops, $65, on the app that will be limited to as many as can be ordered in a 24-hour period, then end. The first drop last week sold nearly 10,000 shirts. The store will feature reinventions of approximately 20 of Off-White’s greatest hits adapted exclusively for the MCA. The MCA x Off-White Culture Wall collection allows you to — literally— wear the art from the exhibition, with suits, skirts and hoodies printed with images from the photo montage at the start of the exhibition depicting things important to Abloh.



Nike Lab, the high concept boutique known for producing the hottest sneaker collabs around has been partnering with Abloh for the last five years on some of the most coveted shoes ever.

These are the shoes that generate endless Instagram chatter and lines around the block, and that are gone as fast as they become available. In this iteration of the lab, the “Flooded Blue” shoe mentioned above was created specifically for Chicago, will be available through surprise drops on the Nike Snkrs app and can be picked up at the Nike Lab.

Abloh opened the shop with a star-studded panel, including Common, Travis Scott, Ibn Jasper, Cappie Pondexter, Keke Palmer and Don C talking with students from two area schools about inspiration and what makes Chicago so unique.

In addition to product launches and access to exclusive Nike products, Nike Lab will act as a hub hosting public workshops on Saturdays with some of Chicago’s most notable creatives in the fields of graphic design, architecture, photography and visual art. The schedule can be found at nike.com, and reservations can be made on the Snkrs app.

To celebrate Virgil Abloh and his fall 2019 collection for the brand, Louis Vuitton has created a West Loop pop-up — also designed by Abloh — featuring an insanely cool, limited-edition range of day-glow orange accessories designed exclusively for Chicago. The space, which Louis Vuitton is calling a “residency,” is stocked with all of the essentials needed for your sizzling summer.


The pop-up will also feature key pieces from Louis Vuitton’s fall collection, including a rainbow-hued logo carry-on that’s sure to become one of the brand’s most-sought-after bags. The residency runs June 8 to July 7.


Welcome to Virgil Abloh's Chicago summer!


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