Both born within the 19th Century, Louis Vuitton and William Webb Ellis became pioneers within their fields by individually pushing the boundaries in their fields of expertise, which is what enabled their legacies to live on today. Delving deep into the histories of both men, it is clear that both innovators shared many similarities; the predominant parallel being their impact and role in shaping the cultural and artistic landscape to be as we know it today.
Whilst attending Rugby School, Webb Ellis is reported to have picked up and run with the ball in his arms during a football match, which is seen as the beginning of the game we today call Rugby. His name now adorns the Trophy presented to the winner of each Rugby World Cup Tournament.
At a tender age of 16, Louis Vuitton turned his family residence into the cradle of the company, where the Asnières site has been the symbol of the Vuitton family's personal and commercial success since 1859.
Two centuries on, we celebrate the union cemented between the sport and Louis Vuitton in developing the travel case for the Webb Ellis Cup; a collaboration that both pioneers would have been more than proud of.
The Rugby World Cup 2015 Final takes place on Saturday 31st October 2015 at 1600 GMT.
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