Kanye West is reportedly set to add another title to his long and storied resume.
According to High Snobiety, West is gearing up to take over a role at Louis Vuitton that’s been left vacant in the wake of Virgil Abloh’s passing.
“[Kanye] is being tipped to take over from Virgil Abloh,” reported the outlet, via The Sun. “The pair are said to have masterminded the move… before Virgil’s death aged just 41. They shared a similar vision and now Kanye West feels he owes it to Virgil to continue his work at Louis Vuitton.”
The outlet also confirms that this claim was substantiated by The Daily Mail.
However, West hasn’t responded to the outlet’s requests for comment, and neither has his camp intimated that they’d be interested in taking over the role so soon after Abloh’s death.
But Louis Vuitton’s chairman, Michael Burke, also said that the brand is set until June 2022, and that the process of finding a replacement creative director will be a “slow” one. Burke told the outlet that it’s a matter of practicality, rather than one out of “deference” for Abloh and his family.
High Snobiety, too, points out that despite the “disrespectful” timing, West has previously voiced his support of Abloh’s position at Louis Vuitton.
“It was this thing where it’s like okay, you’re not the number one rapper, Drake’s the number one rapper, but you’re the number one with shoes, or this or that,” Kanye said of his relationship with Virgil in 2018. “What’s the number one tree over there? Just be one of them. All of them are beautiful.”
Aside from that being the most Kanye West thing in the world to say, that doesn’t exactly sound like a guy that wants to take over the position.
Kanye West and Virgil Abloh Have History
Kanye West and Virgil Abloh have a friendship that pre-dates the entertainment industry. According to GQ, the pair first met when Abloh was running a print shop, and West was on the rise. Later, in 2009, they interned at Fendi together. It was there that two fell into creative sync.
“Kanye wasn’t going to put his art form in the hands of the art department at the record label,” Abloh said to GQ at the time. “So he was like, “I am going to hire you, and let’s literally work on this 24–7, laptop in hand, nonstop.” So more than any title, I was just his assistant creatively. I believed that this was going to be another chapter in hip-hop.”