You’ve made it to the end of this story, and hopefully, you’ve come to the realization that there are so many incredible American designers and that they’ve had a tremendous impact on the fashion industry, culture, and how we dress every day. Personally, I can’t think of a designer who shows American fashion’s influence more than the late Virgil Abloh. The Ghanaian American grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, yet his reach touched every corner of the globe. In his lifetime, he was Kanye West’s creative director, the artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, and the founder of Off-White. Through his work, he was able to shift how the world relates to streetwear and paved the way for future generations of designers. Abloh’s work embodies the American dream for designers—a reminder that no matter where you come from or what you look like, the possibilities are endless.