How’s Virgil Abloh Coping in Quarantine


Celebrities may have more toys and a bigger space, but most are still stuck quarantining like the rest of us. Vogue recently spoke with a number of designers, photographers, artists, editors, and models to find out how they’ve been coping with isolation.

“I’m inspired by the fact that fashion can mean something different out of the end of this,” he went on to add. “It doesn’t feel like it did a year ago. Today it seems useless, in a way: a new handbag, a pair of shoes. Getting groceries seems more important than buying a new garment that I already have 30 of in a closet. I don’t think of that as a bad thing.”

“I’m also trying to find some solitude. You hear about these things: wellness, well-being. Meditating—that’s something I need to learn. I’m relishing the idea of not having to do something all the time, but that’s a trait I have to learn. I’m not wired that way.”

“I’m aware of the privilege I have—I can slow down, while lots of other people are working tirelessly to help each and every one of us make it through these agonizing times,” he continued. “We would not be here, thinking about what this pandemic is teaching us, without their priceless effort. From my windows, I can hear the birds singing as I’ve never heard before; seawater in Venice is clear once again. These are the little signs we need to look at once we go back to inhabiting this fragile world.”