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THE ONLY GEAR TO WATCH THE PLAYOFFS IN: Louis Vuitton x NBA by Virgil Abloh
Text by Kee | Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton
27.05.2021
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton launches its second collection with the NBA, designed by Virgil Abloh
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Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs is underway and you’re already hatching bets if the Phoenix Suns or Utah Jazz would defy the odds and make it into a Championship final in the expense of regular names (you can bet they will). And if you’re one of the lucky ones who have scored a ticket to witness some of the matches in the flesh as NBA teams start to welcome back a full capacity crowd, then you’re going to want to think about those fits. Now, need we remind you how big of a moment this is to be able to attend a live event considering the last season of the NBA was played in a bubble without fans in attendance? What this means is that you should retire those game jerseys for now and inject some swagger like vintage courtside Jacks Nicholson. This said swagger quotient is easy to fulfil too as Louis Vuitton has released a second collection of clothing and accessories as part of its three-year tie-up with the NBA, which debuted last November. Maker-of-everything-cool Virgil Abloh as well as the fashion community have realised that fashion has been a large part of the game, giving uniformed players a chance to express themselves from the moment they enter the arena to press cons. Abloh has created a line-up of luxe casualwear fits (and one formalwear variant) that not only pros would want to flex but those who are in love with the game (and the gold standard of basketball leagues) will appreciate. Integrating the vision of streetwear-sportswear hybrid extraordinaire and one-time Kanye West best man Don C into this project, Abloh – who also co-owns Chicago-based RSVP Gallery with the former – is able to introduce new graphical elements into the line-up that puts a heightened pop culture spin into the wares. For example, a fresh take on multi-coloured letters of the Louis Vuitton name has been turned into a motif on co-ords and sweaters featuring oversized letters that reference the typefaces of each basketball team – a clever take on symbolising unity and strength in numbers. These graphic elements also make cameos as patches on a leather bomber jacket, a varsity jacket, and basketball shorts that are a signature of Don C’s. Like the first collection, there are plenty of nifty bags and accessories that reference your love of the game. From a Kepall bag with basketball net detail to a Louis Vuitton ring that mimics those bombastic Championship Rings that winners flaunt, Abloh has also included new baller accessories this time that the sporty would love to cop such as limited edition Wilson balls, ball pouches that can be used for toiletries, and even a luxe basketball carrier. Oh, and the one detail that will have fans cooing will be the way Louis Vuitton has grained the leather to match those of the ball. The collection is available on May 28.

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