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Pharrell Williams

Creative Director, Louis Vuttiton Mens

Known for his innovative approach to music and fashion, the creative director is a style icon and is widely recognised as one of the most successful and influential figures in hip-hop.

Biography

Pharrell Williams is the men's creative director at Louis Vuitton. Known for his innovative approach to music and fashion, Williams is a style icon and is widely recognised as one of the most successful and influential figures in hip-hop.

Born and raised in Virginia, Williams began his career in music as part of the duo The Neptunes alongside Chad Hugo. Their distinctive sound quickly gained popularity, leading to collaborations with various recording artists. In 1999, Williams and Hugo joined with Shay Haley to form the group N.E.R.D. His solo career took off in 2006 with the release of his debut album, “In My Mind.” He has since produced numerous chart-topping hits including ‘Beautiful” and ‘Happy’. His work has earned him 13 Grammy Awards and two Academy Award nominations.

Parallel to his music career, Williams established a presence in the fashion industry. He struck an early friendship with Japanese streetwear pioneer Nigo, with whom he joined forces in 2005 to create the brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream. He has also collaborated with Chanel, Moncler and Adidas. His impact extends beyond music and fashion as well, ranging from his founding of multiple non-profits to the skin care line he introduced in 2020.

Williams was appointed men’s creative director at Louis Vuitton in 2023, succeeding Virgil Abloh , who passed away in 2021. “The way in which he breaks boundaries across the various worlds he explores aligns with Louis Vuitton’s status as a cultural maison, reinforcing its values of innovation, pioneer spirit and entrepreneurship,” LVMH said in its announcement of Williams’ appointment.

Vital Statistics

Born
5 April 1973
Nationality

United States

Location
France
Member since
2023

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