"It represents the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California." That's Hermès USA CEO Robert Chavez's explanation for the brand's $12,900 blue leather basketball. The ball was designed in celebration of the return of the 12,000 square foot Hermès boutique in Beverly Hills (434 N. Rodeo Drive), reopening on Sept. 4.
It's not the first time a luxury label has gone way beyond the requisites of sportif. Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and, obviously, Hermès dabble in the space regularly. And if you think 13k is especially bonkers, don't even take a look at ALO Diamonds' million-dollar golf ball made of over 54.3 carats of girls' best friends and white gold.
I personally prefer my luxury to be a little more slick; more caviar, less nachos. If you must go sporty, why not lean toward Ambrosi Abrianna's crocodile and ostrich skin golf bag with 24-karat gold tees or one of Chanel's monochrome carbon fiber, polyurethane and fiber glass surfboards? Even the $8,500 baseball mit Hermès rolled out when it's Manhattan men's store opened in the Financial District was quite chic (note: it wasn't bright blue). But, giving credit where credit is due, I'd have to say Hermès' clusterfuck of kitsch, nouveau riche and Compton is distinctly Los Angeles... as intended. Nail. On. The. Head. - Court Williams