• The late Virgil Abloh - Louis Vuitton artistic director
    The late Virgil Abloh - Louis Vuitton artistic director

As part of a worldwide tribute to late artistic director Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton will launch a temporary residency in Sydney to showcase LV sneakers, sunglasses and accessories. 

The 'Walk in the Park' event is part of a global series of men’s fashion events, rooted in the inclusive values at the heart of the Abloh’s work and expressing the mutual connectivity that existed between the designer and his community. 

The Australian event follows stops in Paris, New York and Shibuya. 

Opening on December 15, the three-month Sydney residence will showcase exclusive sneakers, architecture and more, in a space that pays homage to Abloh’s first spring summer 2019 show in Paris. 

For the first time, customers will be given the opportunity to re-discover and purchase Louis Vuitton men’s sneakers established under Abloh's artistic direction.

"The latest LV trainer upcycling collection will be available, including an exclusive Sydney colourway issued in a total of 100 pairs," Louis Vuitton said in a statement. 

"True to the upcycling ideology conceived by Virgil as part of the spring summer 2021 collection the sneakers are crafted entirely from upcycled LV trainer material.

"Other exclusives include a pair of 1.1 Millionaire sunglasses in purple and a very meaningful monogram kite that featured in Virgil’s first and last show," the brand said. 

The space will also feature a 7.5 metre 3D sculpture of Abloh, which was created by a local Byron Bay company that offsets its environmental impacts by planting trees. 

This project alone will see 200 trees planted and nurtured to full growth. 

In further tribute to Abloh, Louis Vuitton will donate a portion of the sales of the exclusive items to The Song Room.

The Song Room is an Australian charity dedicated to supporting Australia’s most disadvantaged children with tailored, high-quality music and arts programs that are delivered in partnership with schools across the country.

Louis Vuitton's temporary residence will open on December 15 and will run to March 15 2022. 

It will be located on Pitt St in Sydney. 


One of the exclusive designs available for purchase 

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