Virgil Abloh has become the latest artist/entrepreneur to announce he’s taking a break on doctor’s orders. In a phone interview with Vogueearlier this week, he told the publication, “I’m shifting gears.”
This kind of self care and, more importantly, awareness that something isn’t right is becoming more popular and common among touring musicians who would often work themselves into the ground rather than cancel a single show. Kayzo, Alison Wonderland, and Cookie Monsta are all artists who have taken a break recently to care for their physical and/or mental health.
The Louis Vuitton designer elaborated on his situation, saying “I was just tired, so I went to the doctor…. Ultimately, everything is fine, but the doctor told me ‘this pace that you’ve sort of pushed your body—to fly all these miles, do all these different projects—is not good for your health.’” “Essentially I’m working from home for the next three months, and in large part all my marketing events I’m cancelling,” Abloh continued.
His current efforts with the aforementioned brand and Off-White will not be affected by his absence, though he will not be present at certain events in the near future.