Take A Look At the Louis Vuitton x NBA Capsule Collection II

The latest installment in their three-year creative partnership.

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Louis Vuitton first announced a three-year creative partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) back in January 2020, and since then, the duo have produced a bespoke Trophy Travel Case, a double-door wardrobe trunk stamped with dual iconography, and a debut capsule collection comprised of limited-edition clothing, leather goods, accessories and shoes, each of which exist at the intersection of French craftsmanship and American sports. Today, the French fashion house has announced the next installment to the genre-crossing partnership: the Louis Vuitton x NBA Capsule Collection II.

With lead creative Virgil Abloh‘s forward-thinking design codes at its core, the Pre-Fall 2021 basketball-backed range widens the scale of the ongoing partnership with an exploration of ’90s court-side mania through the Maison’s high fashion lens. In line with the initial LV x NBA capsule, the second range imitates the wardrobe of a professional basketball player in three dress modes: travel, game, and press conference.

Travel enlists relaxed-cut suit components, including a blouson and trouser emblazoned with a floral motif and a logo-adorned hoodie and short set, among other iterations. Stand-outs in the game lineup include informal shirts decorated with multi-toned lettering that spells out the fashion label’s name, referencing the typeface of a different NBA team for each letter and shorts boasting the brand’s varsity logo. In the press conference section, sharply tailored suits and overcoats provide a professional aesthetic, while a graphic-embossed leather bomber offers a laid-back-yet-sophisticated style.

As for the accessories, an updated line of leather bags gives a fresh take on the basketball-net detailing that appeared in the first capsule, with new ball pouches and basketball carriers. Additionally, a black monogram-printed leather Keepall enters the arena alongside logo-embossed slides, sleek loafers and monogram ankle boots, amid several other contemporary designs. Oversized chain necklaces and a boxy ring fronting the LV x NBA logo — a reference to the league’s championship ring — round out the new jewelry pieces.

Abloh worked in tandem with designer Don Crawley to craft select pieces, including a signature blouson, emblematic shorts, an NBA-embossed Keepall bag, along with the range’s logo-centric, hoop-inspired accessories.

The Louis Vuitton x NBA Capsule Collection II will be available in stores worldwide starting Friday, May 28th.

In other NBA news, Wilt Chamberlain’s Warriors jersey is set to sell on the memorabilia stock market for $1.2 million USD.

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