In this latest interview with GQ, polymath Virgil Abloh speaks on one of the most pivotal articles in the world of streetwear – the graphic T-shirt. Abloh’s affinity for graphic tees is something he makes no secret of, even going so far as to sport a simple Supreme box logo T-shirt when he presented his latest OFF-WHITE collection to a haughty jury of LVMH designers during the selection of their Young Fashion Designer Prize. In the interview, Abloh speaks on some of his favorite T-shirts of all time, why Supreme still operates at an A-level, and more.
How important are graphic T-shirts to your style, and to your life?
To me, graphic T-shirts are the most important and most expressive format for a designer or a person. Your taste in graphic tees says a lot about your point of view. I look at them like a canvas, and what I make says tons about my point of view. It’s the genre of fashion I come from, and I love the challenge every season of exploring new, cool ways to make a graphic tee. Graphic T-shirts are a form of communication. Like, one of my favorite T-shirts ever was this Kris Van Assche T-shirt when he first took over for Hedi Slimane at Dior that said “Fuck You All.”
How many graphic tees do you own?
Shit. An insane amount. I basically have an archive of tees that I started buying since I was a teenager.
Are there brands you go to every season knowing you’re going to buy their graphic tees?
Supreme is, like, the best example of A-level thought process, execution, and reference point for that area of streetwear. It’s why I subscribe to the label. The level of thought in their think tank is amazing. I also really like Bianca Chandon. Their shirts are irreverent, but with a real purpose to it.
Peep the full interview over at GQ.
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