“The Jumpman logo looked like a Batman symbol” – how Michael Jordan changed the life of Virgil Abloh – Basketball Network
Virgil Abloh’s Off White and Nike collabs were a hit. This made his name more prominent in sneaker culture. But unknown to many, the fashion designer attributed all of his success to Michael Jordan and the impact the GOAT had on his life.
The Jumpman logo looked like a Batman symbol
Abloh grew up in Chicago and was naturally drawn to Michael Jordan. Sure, asking his parents to buy MJ’s shoes wasn’t an easy task as they were expensive, but for the young dreamer, it’s more than just sneakers: it’s about believing in him that he could channel his inner Jordan.
“As a young child at the time, the Jumpman logo looked like a Batman symbol. They were one and the same. The shoes, clothing, and iconography were just as powerful as anything that came before. It allowed my generation to have a reverence for Nike, but it also allowed the Jordan brand to be its own separate entity.Abloh explained to Highsnobiety.
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Virgil added that he aims to replicate MJ’s impact on his life on the younger generation through his work. One day it all happened.
From an MJ fan to Jordan asking for his autograph
Abloh quickly rose through the ranks of the fashion world by staying true to her principles. He once learned from Kanye West and became artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Despite all his successes and plans, he made sure to go back and work with the brand he grew up with: Nike and Jordan.
You could say it wasn’t about the money; it made her teenager happy. Fulfilling a lifelong dream never happens to anyone. You know you’ve arrived when your idol asks for your autograph.
Tremaine Emory, a close friend of Kanye and Abloh, claimed that when Jordan asked for Virgil’s signature on the Off White and Nike collaboration, he wished he could go back in time.
“I wish time travel existed, and you could go back and be like, ‘Virgil, 16, 18, Virgil, you’re gonna have a Nike collab one day, with Jordans. And then Michael Jordan go text Nike and say I need a pair, and you have to sign him a pair.”
For someone who grew up in suburban Chicago, this was validation for Virgil Abloh. It might have been a different story for him if not for Michael Jordan’s impact on his life. Abloh may be gone, but he’s made one of his lifelong dreams come true, and he’s sure to inspire the next generation with his style and work.