Too fab or too far? Chanel’s pearl necklace Apple AirPods case vs NBA x Louis Vuitton’s US$4,500 basketball handbag – the new luxury accessory collabs this month

A bag that looks like a basketball, an Apple AirPods case that looks like a pearl necklace – creative and unusual luxury collaborations continue apace. Photo: Louis Vuitton, Chanel

Would you sport a handbag in the shape of a basketball? Or perhaps carry your AirPods around on a pearl necklace? Love them or loathe them, you’ll certainly make a statement with these unique accessories.

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Louis Vuitton’s basketball bag

The LV x NBA Ball in Basket bag is made in grain leather with the luxury brand’s iconic monogram. Photo: Louis Vuitton

After dropping a US$39,000 aeroplane-inspired handbag earlier this year, Louis Vuitton seems to be going all out on “quirky and creative” accessories during the pandemic with its latest product. Shaped like a basketball, the Ball in Basket bag is its latest unusual collaboration – this time in cahoots with the NBA.

The bag is made from grain leather (to imitate the look of a basketball, naturally) and features gold-coloured hardware, internal LV lining and a strap with a built-in luggage tag design. The surface of the bag comes with a debossed LV monogram pattern, and has the NBA’s classic red, white and blue logo stitched into the middle of the purse.

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LV x NBA’s Ball in Basket bag is exactly that. Photo: Louis Vuitton

Extremely versatile, the bag can be worn with its detachable basketball netting, or worn alone. It’s even the same size as an official NBA basketball and could make a mighty gift for a fan of the game. After all, the luxe edition is big enough for headphones, protein bars, and other game-day essentials. Why not don it on a match day for added impact?

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The bag can be worn with or without the net – so versatile! Photo: Louis Vuitton

Priced at around US$4,450 USD, the NBA x Louis Vuitton Ball in Basket bag can be bought online on the brand’s official website.

Chanel AirPods

Chanel AirPods case necklace. Photo: Chanel
How cute is this offering from  Virginie Viard’s Chanel 2020 Metiers d’Art collection? Fashionistas have been scrambling to get their hands on the dreamy Chanel AirPods case – that doubles as a pearl necklace and comes in a subtle cream white resin case accentuated with a crystal-embellished CC logo – ever since their launch.

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Keeping up with the current trend of wearing face masks with embellished chains, the US$2,700 case can be wrapped around the neck or worn across the body.

As part of the same collection, Chanel has also crafted a metallic lambskin cover complete with a gold emblem and black chain strap. And rounding out the release is an Chanel AirPods necklace, a pearl accessory that holds one earbud on each side.

The Chanel AirPods necklace. Photo: Chanel

The Chanel AirPods necklace can be yours for around US$1,650.

This article originally appeared on Luxurylaunches

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  • Louis Vuitton and NBA’s new Ball in Basket bag literally looks like a basketball in a net, and it’s surprisingly gorgeous
  • Similarly, Virginie Viard’s Metiers d’Art collection for Chanel featured a necklace with Apple AirPods case that costs US$2,700 – but are they too gimmicky?