Brand: Louis Vuitton
Season: Pre-Fall 2021
Key Pieces: With the LV x NBA letters merino wool crewneck, Abloh pays homage to the world of 1990s basketball style. Details include an embroidered NBA patch at the bottom of the front panel, and knitted ribs at the collar, cuffs, and waist.
Release Date: Available now.
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Editor’s Notes: The second LV × NBA line’s apparel lineup again revolves around the idea of the three dress modes of a basketball player: travel, game, and press conference.
For travel, casualwear manifests in relaxed takes on suits such as a blouson and trouser quilted in Louis Vuitton's floral motif, as well as logo-heavy hoodies and shorts, a technical parka, as well as performance trousers.
Inspired by the on-court garments worn during the game, informal blousons, shirts, and shorts are adorned in graphic multi-color letters spelling out "Louis Vuitton" — each font referencing the typeface of an NBA team — while shorts are emblazoned with the House’s logo in a varsity-style font for additional sporty flair.
For the press conference wardrobe, formalwear further interprets a '90s sensibility by way of a boxy black suit and overcoat. A graphic embellished leather bomber is a nod to the varsity classics worn by basketball vets and newcomers alike.
For the 2021 NBA Finals champions, Louis Vuitton has again devised a monogrammed case for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, complete with two sizes of Virgil Abloh-designed basketball manufactured by Wilson to meet game ball standards.