In a groundbreaking moment of sportsmanship and haute couture, Louis Vuitton introduces its inaugural Malle Vestiaire, a bespoke wardrobe trunk created in collaboration with rugby legend Dan Carter. This extraordinary creation serves as a testament to Louis Vuitton’s unparalleled craftsmanship while paying homage to Dan Carter’s illustrious career. Together, they symbolize a shared passion and unwavering dedication.
Craftsmanship Elevated to Art
The Malle Vestiaire is nothing short of a masterpiece, representing Louis Vuitton’s 160 years of trunk-making expertise. Meticulously crafted from the finest wood, it is enveloped in the Maison’s iconic black-and-silver Monogram Eclipse canvas. The exterior of this remarkable trunk boasts meticulously designed metal clasps, closures, and rivets that pay homage to the historic Louis Vuitton trunks renowned for defining luxury travel.
The Monogram Eclipse canvas adorning the trunk’s exterior is a subtle tribute to the colors of the New Zealand rugby team, a nod to Dan Carter’s heritage. What sets it apart is the personalized touch—an array of hand-painted logos and numbers. The DC10, signifying Dan Carter’s iconic player number, and 1598, representing his astounding international rugby points, adorn the surface, infusing a profound connection to the rugby legend himself.
A Tribute to a Storied Career
Within the trunk, a treasure trove of rugby history awaits. The interior is meticulously lined with a combination of microfiber and sportswear-inspired fabric, providing a cocoon for Dan Carter’s most cherished memorabilia from his illustrious career. Among these revered possessions are three World Rugby Player of the Year awards, three Rugby World Cup medals, two 100th-test caps, jerseys worn during Rugby World Cups, and even a pair of iconic “retirement” boots. The collection gains an additional dimension with copies of his book, “The Art of Winning,” and a Louis Vuitton rugby ball from his 2019 collaboration with the Maison.
The trunk comprises five drawers, graced with elegant white leather handles, each thoughtfully designed to house these treasures. Another substantial drawer at the base pays homage to Louis Vuitton’s iconic trunks, notably the Secrétaire Linge, featuring a front adorned in woven cotton straps—an elegant nod to tradition, providing a fitting closure to this extraordinary ensemble.
Dan Carter’s Reflections
Reflecting on this exceptional collaboration, Dan Carter shares his sentiments, stating, “On the occasion of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, we wanted to create an extra-special object. This Malle Vestiaire holds all the memorabilia that symbolize the amazing memories I have of playing professional rugby, while also paying tribute to Louis Vuitton’s renowned Art of Travel. I really can’t think of a better way for them to be displayed than in this beautiful trunk.”
The Malle Vestiaire, an exquisite fusion of craftsmanship, sportsmanship, and luxury, is now available for enthusiasts, collectors, and connoisseurs alike on Louis Vuitton’s official website. It stands as a celebration of Dan Carter’s legendary career and embodies Louis Vuitton’s unwavering commitment to timeless elegance and artistic excellence.