The jacket was revealed by point guard Fred VanVleet on his Instagram story on Tuesday afternoon.
One of the sleeves of VanVleet’s satin jacket reads “Steady Freddy AKA ‘Twin'” with a Canadian flag and a U.S. flag.
The other sleeve of the black bomber jacket features the Raptors logo, “2019 NBA Finals Champions” and the winning roster.
The front of the jacket has a red OVO owl and the back of the jacket reads “The Best in the World” with a raptor on top of the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Drake wore a similar jacket during the Raptors’ championship parade in June.
Last week, the Raptors received the biggest championship rings in NBA history and unfurled a banner celebrating their victory in a ceremony before the team’s season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to Associated Press, “the rings each contain more than 650 diamonds as well as 16 rubies, representing the number of playoff victories required to win the title. On the face of the ring, diamonds form the Toronto skyline above the word ‘North’ spelled out in diamonds inside a golden chevron.”
Drake also received a ring and took to Instagram last Tuesday ahead of the season opener to show off the ring and a second customized NBA championship ring, estimated to be valued at over $150,000.
Toronto tailor Garrison Bespoke designed and gifted the jacket to the Toronto-born rapper with 235 diamonds hand-embroidered into the shape of the OVO (October’s Very Own) owl.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri presented the jacket to Drake in May before Game 4 of the Raptors’ series against the Milwaukee Bucks, but Garrison Bespoke owner and founder Michael Nguyen made it clear that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) did not pay for the jacket.
The jacket was “gifted to the team and to Drake by Garrison and was not paid for by MLSE,” according to Nguyen.
“It’s about $747,000 at today’s exchange rate,” Nguyen said of the price of the gift. The owl eyes are each 1.2 carats.
The jacket has a custom lining, which is the black and gold OVO Raptors jersey that Drake helped to design.Follow @KatieScottNews
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