Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the launch of its first-ever rugby ball, the result of a close collaboration between the House’s artisans and the legendary former fly-half. The rugby ball will be released exclusively in Japan – where Dan Carter now plays rugby – in a limited edition of 112, the same number of appearances he made for New Zealand between 2003 and 2015.
The rugby ball is made in the contemporary Monogram Eclipse canvas, chosen by Carter both for its sophistication and its black and silver colourway, reminiscent of the New-Zealand rugby team’s world-renowned uniforms. Created 120 years after the House’s classic Monogram pattern, the Monogram Eclipse canvas contrasts with the ball’s traditional lacing – once a feature of all rugby balls – which is integrated into an oval patch, along with Dan Carter’s signature, both made in Louis Vuitton’s tanned cowhide leather. Each ball is accompanied by its own carrying harness and tee, also in black cowhide leather and with Monogram Eclipse details.
The Louis Vuitton and Dan Carter rugby ball will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores in Japan from September 20, 2019.