Virgil Alboh is under fire after claims that his highly successful clothing brand Off-White lacks diversity among its staff.
Off-White came out against the accusations issuing an official statement where they wrote:
“When questioned about diversity, Virgil Abloh takes pride in being African and American. His design team is diverse, and his practice has been built on making the art and design industry an inclusive community. Fellow designers like Samuel Ross, Heron Preston, No Vacancy Inn – by Tremaine Emory and Acyde Odunlami, Everard Best, Photographer Fabien Montique, amongst many others have been given a platform via Off-White. These are just a few of the many global voices and people sitting at the table and helping evolve the brand. Off-White is a black founded and owned business.”
Virgil made it a point to say himself that Off-White is Black-owned and founded company despite the diversity issues detractors are throwing at the company, and him in particular. He noted:
“My design team is diverse as the world is big. The video shown was an Off-White dinner at the headquarters in the city of Milan, Italy. This party was to celebrate the hard work of the local Italian team.”