Hermes rolls out a $12,900 basketball for reopening of Rodeo Drive outpost


If you are LeBron, then this is pour vous! In lieu of its Rodeo Drive outlet reopening, French fashion house Hermes has designed a $12,900 basketball. The 12,000 square foot Beverly Hills boutique is set to get its sporty-dues under direct orders from the Paris atelier. The ball has been crafted under creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas using the same hand-stitched technique as the coveted Birkin. Hermes, however, has cheated on its signature orange with a cool blue in bull calfskin. The luxury label has turned out a leather bag for tennis rackets or its luxe horse saddle in the past. The latest offering falls perfectly in line with the Hermes tradition that gave us the glove and baseball when the NYC outpost launched.

“It represents the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California,” says Robert Chavez about the California-chic ball. The high-fashion brand’s U.S. CEO also adds that it’s the artisanal craftsmanship displayed in an exceptional quality of leather that accounts for the extravagant price tag.

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There are only two of these bright blue basketballs. Not that there should be any more, given the mark up from the humble $169.95 Spalding that many NBA players use. Insists Chavez, “it can certainly be used for play.” At that price, it better be!

[Via – Hollywoodreporter]