Charlotte will be the site of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game later this month, and we’re starting to see just what that All-Star Weekend will look like. J. Cole will perform at halftime. Quavo will play in the Celebrity Game. And thanks to New Era we know the event will have a decidedly 90s feel.
The hat behemoth out of Buffalo released a first look at some of the wares they’ll be selling in Charlotte and online and there’s plenty of teal and black to be had. The company showed off four distinct designs to celebrate the annual basketball showcase making a delayed appearance in North Carolina as part of its New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series collection.
With the Hornets hosting in Charlotte, New Era had a pretty easy theme to work with: bees and honeycomb.
“Each year, we work to celebrate NBA All-Star Game by using the host city as the design inspiration,” director of arena sports for New Era John Connors said in a release. “This year, Charlotte offered us the opportunity to do something truly different leveraging the Hornets’ unique color palate and honeycomb pattern.”
The honeycomb pattern will be everywhere on All-Star Weekend, but it really does work in a variety of designs. Including perhaps the most unique one, on a tye die hat you’ll probably feel you saw on someone a few decades before it actually existed.
The four designs all come in a variety of the company’s three major silhouettes, 9TWENTY, 9FIFTY or the company’s signature 59FIFTY fitted size. As a result, there are a lot of slightly different styles to choose from if you’re extremely into teal or perhaps a dedicated apiarist. The tie dye hat, for example, has a slightly different pattern between the two. The all-black look of the CHA19 design looks a bit plain, though the raised lettering probably contrasts better in person.
The suede is an excellent look, and pairing it with the tie dye and a healthy amount of teal gives the All-Star Game a bit of a throwback feel. We could all use a bit more teal in our lives though, can’t we?