The 17th NBA championship season ended this weekend, with LeBron James and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers taking the coveted trophy home after beating Miami Heat.
And to celebrate, Louis Vuitton finally unveiled its hotly anticipated NBA collaboration.
Since the three-year partnership between Vuitton and the National Basketball Association was first announced at the beginning of 2020, and the French brand revealed the official travel case for the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy (the one passed between winners of the NBA Finals), rumours of what the rest of the collaboration would entail have been swirling in the Twittersphere, with some suggesting that LV may stray deep into basketball territory with an ankle-strap high-top sneaker.
Well, now we’ve been given a look at the full LV x NBA collection. Instead of high-top kicks, Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh created lace-up leather boots fused with components from previous sneaker designs, such as the monogram detailing on the heel that can be found on the pre-existing LV Sneaker.
There are also leather loafers, Derbys and slip-on sneakers up for grabs, all of which come with an all-over print that uses the Alan Siegel-created NBA Jerry West logo.
Apparel-wise, the collection consists of separates that use that same print, from camp-collar shirts and full cashmere tracksuits to slim-cut tailoring, leather varsity jackets and dual-logo-emblazoned oversized cardigans.
Elsewhere, there’s a chunky gold NBA logo pendant and chain on the cards.
And, true to form, Louis Vuitton has unveiled plenty of NBA-themed luggage to go with the rest of the collection. Monogrammed bags, from the Christopher backpack and Nil messenger to a netted holdall reminiscent of a basketball hoop, draw on the red, blue and white colours of the NBA logo.
Of the collaboration, Abloh said: “Fashion muses aren’t predictable. Ideas of luxury can be found in the sports world and its champions as much as in traditional forms of artistry.
This collection celebrates the cultural contribution of basketball and its diverse characters and the idea of relatability as a force of unity today.”
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Today’s front pages: Wednesday, April 21, 2021