The world of football witnessed a momentous event as two of its finest, Lionel Messi and Aitana Bonmatí, clinched the revered Ballon d’Or® 2023. These two legends had the additional honor of receiving their awards in bespoke Louis Vuitton Trophy Trunks, a testament to the craftsmanship and luxury synonymous with the brand.
A Night of Elegance and Excellence
Dressed to impress, Lionel Messi graced the ceremony in a custom-made single-breasted tuxedo crafted in black Damoflage wool, a creation of Pharrell Williams, Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Creative Director. This ensemble was accompanied by a pristine white shirt, classic black bowtie, and sharp black derbies. Topping off Messi’s look was the splendid new Tambour watch, forged in 18k yellow gold.
Aitana Bonmatí, the star of the women’s football scene, graced the event in an elegant ensemble that perfectly complemented her radiant prowess on the pitch. Draped in a luxurious Louis Vuitton gown, Aitana showcased a blend of tradition and modernity, reflecting the brand’s signature style. Her outfit was beautifully accented with Louis Vuitton accessories, emphasizing the close relationship between high fashion and high stakes in the world of sports. As she accepted her award, Aitana not only represented her unmatched talent in football but also stood as a symbol of grace and sophistication.
Louis Vuitton’s Firsts at Ballon d’Or® 2023
In a groundbreaking collaboration, Louis Vuitton, for the inaugural time, crafted two Trophy Trunks for the Ballon d’Or® 2023 winners. This endeavor was made possible due to a strategic partnership with France Football, bolstered by the support of Amaury Media.
Craftsmanship that Tells a Story
Every trunk showcases the brand’s heritage and commitment to excellence. Hand-crafted meticulously by the seasoned artisans at Louis Vuitton’s historical Asnières workshops, the trunks are adorned with the iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas. Adding to their uniqueness, the trunks bear a painted gold V – symbolizing both “Victory” and “Vuitton”. This marks the first instance of such an embellishment on a Louis Vuitton Trophy Trunk, harmonizing with the golden hue of the Ballon d’Or®.
Characteristic lozine trim, brass corner protectors, lock and clasps – reminiscent of the Louis Vuitton legacy of over 160 years, add an old-world charm. Inside, the trunks are as impressive with their interiors lined in black microfibre and an embroidered Ballon d’Or® logo.
Continuing the Legacy
Louis Vuitton, through this endeavor, has once again solidified its association with the world’s most iconic sporting events and awards. These trunks, besides being objets d’art, echo the sentiment that in the world of sports, just as in fashion, “Victory Travels in Vuitton”.