Virgil Abloh Designs Football Uniforms for Refugees in France


After Marine Le Pen’s defeat in the French election this week, there is more hope that Europe isn’t as xenophobic as far-right extremists are portraying it to be. In France, orphaned West African refugees are being given a sense of safety and community by way of an amateur football team called Melting Passes. The team is made up of talented young men who would be otherwise unable to participate in official leagues because they don’t have official immigration status in France. The Melting Passes team was initiated by two law students, Maud Angliviel and Pierre Rosin, who had been advocating for unaccompanied minor refugees. They eventually want to grow the team into an alternative football league for non-resident refugees in France.

Off White designer Virgil Abloh got wind of the project while in Paris for Men’s Fashion Week and was eager to help. He was connected with Maud and Pierre via a mutual celebrity friend. With support from Nike, Abloh quickly designed uniforms for the team. The designer himself is son of Ghanaian immigrants, and was raised in Chicago’s community of West African diaspora. The Pepto-Bismol pink uniforms he made for the young players do not bear any Off-White branding, and will not be available for sale. They were created solely for the purpose of boosting the player’s confidence, and promoting their burgeoning football league.


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