Kanye West ‘queuing up’ to replace the late Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton creative director

Kanye West is reportedly seen as the next creative director for Louis Vuitton after Virgil Abloh’s death.

According to The sun, West and Abloh “mastered” the alleged creative takeover of the 44-year-old rapper prior to the late designer’s death.

Abloh, artistic director of the luxury menswear brand, died on Nov. 28 after battling a rare cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma for two years. He was 41.

Next move? Kanye West is reportedly seen as the next creative director for Louis Vuitton after Virgil Abloh’s passing; West seen in 2019

“Kanye is devastated by Virgil’s death because they had been friends for years and worked together a lot,” a source told the outlet on Wednesday.

“They shared a similar vision and now Kanye feels he owes it to Virgil to continue his work at Louis Vuitton.”

DailyMail.com has reached out to representatives of Kanye ‘Ye’ West who have not yet responded.

In 2009, West and Abloh met while working as interns for Italian luxury brand Fendi in Rome, Italy. It was there that the couple’s 12-year friendship was born.

In it together: According to The Sun, West and Abloh

In it together: According to The Sun, West and Abloh “expanded” the alleged creative takeover of the 44-year-old rapper prior to the late designer’s death; West and Virgil pictured in 2018

Empire: According to Forbes, the Louis Vuitton empire — founded in Paris, France in 1854 — is currently valued at nearly $50 billion with worldwide sales of $15 billion

Empire: According to Forbes, the Louis Vuitton empire — founded in Paris, France in 1854 — is currently valued at nearly $50 billion with worldwide sales of $15 billion

Kanye made Virgil the creative director of his content company Donda in 2010.

He would later become Artistic Director for Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album, which earned him a Grammy nod for art direction at the 2012 ceremony.

Along with his collaboration with West, Abloh allowed his own designs and artistic vision to blossom by launching his own line Off-White in 2013.

Tragedy: Abloh, who served as the artistic director of the luxury menswear brand, died on Nov. 28 after battling a rare cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma for two years.  He was 41;  Virgil seen in 2019

Tragedy: Abloh, who served as the artistic director of the luxury menswear brand, died on Nov. 28 after battling a rare cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma for two years. He was 41; Virgil seen in 2019

His pioneering fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated trendsetters.

Virgil would become the first black American creative director of a French top fashion house after being named Louis Vuitton menswear creative director in 2018.

According to Forbes, the Louis Vuitton empire – founded in Paris, France in 1854 – is currently valued at nearly $50 billion with worldwide sales of $15 billion.

Same wavelength:

Same wavelength: “They shared a similar vision and now Kanye feels he owes Virgil to continue his work at Louis Vuitton,” a source told The Sun; West and Abloh seen in 2018

Old friends: In 2009, West and Abloh met while working as interns for Italian luxury brand Fendi in Rome, Italy.  It was there that the couple's 12-year friendship was born;  Virgil and Kanye pictured in 2018

Old friends: In 2009, West and Abloh met while working as interns for Italian luxury brand Fendi in Rome, Italy. It was there that the couple’s 12-year friendship was born; Virgil and Kanye pictured in 2018

More than ten years ago, West’s collaboration with the brand for a line of sneakers turned out to be a huge success.

As reported by GQ, the 12-year-old sneakers surpassed “$1.5 billion in annual sales; in 2019.

Although they sold for just over $1100 when they were released in 2009, the sneakers are now worth over $30,000, “with a 2,532 percent increase in value.”

Since 2009, Kanye has only further immersed himself in the fashion world with the launch of his Yeezy label in 2015.

Early Collaboration: Over a decade ago, West's collaboration with Louis Vuitton for a line of sneakers proved a huge success for the aspiring designer and luxury brand;  Kanye seen in 2020

Early Collaboration: Over a decade ago, West’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton for a line of sneakers proved a huge success for the aspiring designer and luxury brand; Kanye seen in 2020

The odd silhouettes and design choices that make Yeezy what it is have captured the hearts — and purses — of fashion lovers around the world.

While he is slated to take over Louis Vuitton, West’s alleged rise to power will not come without a heavy heart as he still mourns Abloh’s very recent passing.

After the news broke on Nov. 29, the Grammy Award winner hosted a Sunday Service wake for his old friend.

In another display of unimaginable grief, West wiped out his entire Instagram page of content.

Passion for fashion: Since 2009, Kanye has only continued to immerse himself in the fashion world with the launch of his Yeezy label in 2015;  Kanye seen with daughter North West in 2020

Passion for fashion: Since 2009, Kanye has only continued to immerse himself in the fashion world with the launch of his Yeezy label in 2015; Kanye seen with daughter North West in 2020

Grieving: After the news broke on Nov. 29, the Grammy Award winner hosted a Sunday Service wake for his old friend;  West seen on November 24, just days before Abloh's death on November 28

Grieving: After the news broke on Nov. 29, the Grammy Award winner hosted a Sunday Service wake for his old friend; West seen on November 24, just days before Abloh’s death on November 28

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