Listen, things are tough right now. I can't think of one person I know who isn't filled with anxiety at the moment. So it's times like these when I ideally like to 1) be draped in cozy, luxurious fabrics and 2) seek happiness in the little things in life, like having hope in a hometown sports team that's often regarded as nothing more than the butt of a joke. Most of 2016 — I think plenty of people would agree — has been a festering trash pile of a year during which there wasn't a lot to be hopeful about. But for Cleveland sports fans, it was our year (last week's World Series outcome notwithstanding, but I'm not talking about baseball right now). Reminder: The Cleveland Cavaliers were the 2016 NBA Champions. I still get a little teary-eyed thinking about it. To really understand that "curse"-busting, history-making, hope-granting feeling, you'd have to be from The Cleve. But I digress: This extravagant, expensive-to-the-point-of-utter-absurdity cashmere Cavs sweatshirt is the perfect dreamy, aspirational item for me to think about at the moment.
It's notoriously difficult to find non-hideous or non-condescending apparel for female sports fans (shout-out to Maura for her excellent story on the subject). Enter this simple yet insanely costly cashmere sweater, which was created as part of the NBA's collaboration with luxury basics brand The Elder Statesman. It's both aesthetically pleasing and very, very fancy. (It doesn't exactly solve that female sports fan gear quandary, given that few people other than LeBron himself could actually afford it, obviously.)
So this election day, as I reach peak anxiety levels worrying about the fate of our nation, I'll choose to retreat into a fantasy world in which the Cavs continue to win every game (so far, so good), Beyoncé is forever hanging out with Hillary Clinton in The Cleve and it makes total sense that a cashmere sweater would cost well over a month's rent for anyone living in the city it's representing. And so, my fellow Americans, I end on this note: God bless the USA and long live King James.
The Elder Statesman x NBA "Cavs" cashmere sweater, $1,620, available at Barneys New York.
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