It’s common to see NBA players sporting designer fashion when not on the hardwood. They make a lot of money and are often spotted with the latest from the most extravagant brands in the world. One name, Louis Vuitton, is a popular luxury designer among the league’s stars. The company is so beloved in the NBA that Louis Vuitton launched an NBA-inspired collaboration. Unfortunately, most of the pieces are so expensive that the average NBA fan can’t afford them.
The Louis Vuitton x NBA Collection
In the wake of the Lakers’ victory over the Heat in the NBA Finals, Louis Vuitton unveiled the Louis Vuitton x NBA Collection in November at Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena. According to Louis Vuitton’s website, the basketball-inspired collection was “motivated by the exchange between French craftsmanship and American sports.”
Designer Virgil Abloh created the limited-edition line of clothing and accessories. It unites the iconic emblems of the two entities, for the luxury brand. Abloh says the collection “celebrates the cultural contribution of basketball and its diverse characters, and the idea of relatability as a force of unity.”
What’s in the collection?
The collection includes a variety of clothing items and accessories. High Snobiety reports that there are three distinct parts to the collection. Each reflects a different piece of an NBA player’s wardrobe.
The game arrival category is made up of gray joggers, hoodies, and windbreakers like the players are often seen in before games. If you’d like to buy a cashmere hoodie and track pants, it’ll cost you over $4,300, with each piece retailing in excess of $2,000.
The travel category features the label’s signature bags, because the players don’t want to be caught with just “standard” luggage when they’re on the road. A soft trunk runs $5,350, with a backpack retailing for $3,800; a messenger bag seeming like a relative bargain at just under $2,500.
The press conference category is where you’ll find the kinds of fashions you’d see the players wearing when they’re standing at the podium talking to reporters. The items in this part of the collection have the NBA logo in a houndstooth style through each piece. A suit jacket costs $3,400 and matching slim fit trousers go for just over $1,200.
Some unique — and expensive — items from the collection
Not everything fits into those three categories. Some of the items you wouldn’t expect from the NBA x Louis Vuitton collaboration will set you back. If you want to keep your beverage cold, you can splurge on a $2,360 flask holder. Want to protect your phone? It’ll cost you more than what you paid for the actual device; the LVXNBA soft phone box costs $2,430.
One of the highlights is something you can’t buy, even if you had the money to do so. The NBA now uses the Louis Vuitton Trophy Travel Case to transport the Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the championship team each season.
The collection isn’t really for NBA fans
Even though the Louis Vuitton x NBA Collection is full of items related to and inspired by the NBA, it’s not made for basketball fans. It’s made for the players who make millions. The average NBA fan likely won’t buy the pieces from the collection. But the guys they watch compete every night love being style icons and showing off their runway-style looks.