One cannot fault Virgil and Vuitton for timing. On the morning after the Los Angeles Lakers were crowned the new NBA champions, Louis Vuitton unveiled a new LV x NBA menswear capsule collection designed by its menswear artistic director, Virgil Abloh. The collection is part of a three-year partnership between Vuitton and the National Basketball Association, or NBA, whose season climaxed Sunday night when the Los Angeles Lakers steamrolled the Miami Heat to capture a record-tying 17th NBA title.
The LV x NBA collection goes on sale on November 20; and features a full wardrobe of clothes, divided into three sections: Travels and Transits, a key area of the whole Vuitton DNA, which features gray cashmere tracksuits with a basketball player graphic; Game Arrivals, which includes a blue hooded leather jacket, monogram jeans and t-shirts; and finally, Press Conference, with tailored suits and dress shirts.
“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,” said Abloh in a release.