“There could only ever be one Virgil. He was constantly innovating and thinking ahead and he left us a brand that can reinvent itself, grow and stand the test of time. I feel the responsibility for him and for everyone who has worked, loved, worn and believed in Off-White™.
This collection marks the beginning of a new path, inspired by world-building. It envisions something yet to exist. Moon-surfing daydreams and star-gazing thoughts are at the heart of our evolution. Working on this collection, I found myself and my point of view in a universe that is true to me. It’s punk, sexy, romantic and inspired by our modern lives.”
– Ibrahim Kamara, Art and Image Director
Last season was a reflection on accomplishments and a celebration of all that was. There was a fixation on living in that moment, but the path ahead had yet to be defined. The premise of change suggests an upheaval, but there is a grounding in Off-White™’s roots. Optimism encourages clarity of thought and direction and has brought about a space in which we have rediscovered the foundations and built upon the traditional codes and ethics of the house that Virgil built.
Contemporary culture is the first reference point, analyzed with an active curiosity. An obsession with delivery developed as it became the vital positioning in the metropolitan milieu, and its function became increasingly apparent. Initially, drawing from this as inspiration felt disparate from Off White™’s traditional points of reference, but there is a sense of familiarity. Off-White™’s curiosity had long been sparked by industrialization, a constant theme now seen through a new lens. Much like the iconic Arrow, that in the last decade has become the symbol of a generational shift, finds new life in a softer shape.
Inspiration is lifted from places much closer to home before being projected into another realm. On a trip back to Big Wharf Ibrahim Kamara drew references from his humble beginnings: rain-rusted corrugated roofs influence colour palettes, and West African motifs are reinterpreted to conjure a new vision of indigenous civilizations. The Off-White™ Blue in all its intimate power remains a point of reference with its humanity and vulnerability. World-building is an integral part of the process that engages in an unshakeable childlike whimsy. This season, logic is evaded in favor of an imagination with little to no limits. This collection envisions the future. Though sci-fi inspired, it doesn’t follow aging tropes. It is not about costuming or recreating.
The impetus for the collection is both humble and earnest. It is a 360° way of thinking which sees one concept expanded into many. The design philosophy is not elitist. It’s not a means to exclude and isn’t tainted by pessimism. Rather, we see a noble profession and reimagine it with a final outcome that is elegant, precise and attuned to the times.