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NBA fan gear goes high-end with $1,600 sweaters

NBA fan gear is getting a serious upgrade.

On Nov. 4, in conjunction with luxury knitwear designer, Elder Statesman, the NBA is releasing a line of themed cashmere sweaters that cost somewhere in the range of $1,600.

The Elder Statesman founder, Greg Chait, approached the organization with the idea for a line of knitwear that reflected the soul of the NBA. He was inspired by his passion for the game and great players like Jordan, Bird and magic.

Tomorrow, the Los Angeles based brand that was founded in 2007, will roll out the first in a series of limited edition The Elder Statesman x NBA gear. The first series features 12 styles of NBA branded clothing and accessories and is available nationwide exclusively at Barneys.

There are hats, scarves, tees, and crewneck sweaters, featuring the logos of all 30 NBA teams as well as some league gear. Prices ranging from $420 (hats) up to $1,620 for the sweaters. The pricing is comparable to other offerings from the Elder Statesman.

Details on the second edition of the collection will be announced later and will be made available for purchase through Elder Statesman retail channels. All season long, new editions will be released right through to the finals.

The merchandise is getting good early reviews from fashion insiders for its high quality materials and design, but only shoppers can decide if their favorite team is worthy of a $1,600 investment.

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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.