As anyone whose personality tends to encompass the routine practice of working oneself too hard can attest, sometimes you simply have to hit pause, or at least pump the brakes.
Prolific multi-hyphenate Virgil Abloh—the ubiquitous Off-White CEO and current artistic director of menswear for Louis Vuitton—explained to Vogue in an article published Monday that he recently found himself in such a position. And now, he's instituting a three-month period of working from home in lieu of the usual travel-heavy schedule he maintains while keeping the creativity high across multiple artistic mediums.
It all began back in August, when Abloh was having a difficult time "bouncing back" from some overseas travel, at which point he decided to pay the doctor a visit.
"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,'" Abloh said of the outcome of that visit, which Vogue reported also included medical advisement against traveling.
As part of the three-month "shifting gears" period, Abloh is canceling multiple previously announced public events, including the opening of his High Museum exhibition in November and now-scrapped appearances in conjunction with noted Abloh collaborators Nike and Ikea.
On the business side of things, Abloh confirmed his teams at Off-White and LV are well-prepared for such an incident and that any related shows would indeed move forward. In fact, Off-White's Paris show set for later this month was crafted with Abloh's absence in mind.
Earlier this month, Abloh was appointed as a new board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Chairman Tom Ford announced last week that Abloh was among four new Board of Directors members, with the new class joining existing board members including Vera Wang and Tommy Hilfiger.