â†µIt's easy to get fixated on Naomi Campbell, but in this instance we're writing about the fancy schmancy case for this year's World Cup trophy. Details (and a full gallery of pictures) via High Snobiety: â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥ Commissioned by FIFA, the special order case, handmade by a single master craftsman in Louis Vuitton’s historic Asnières workshop near Paris, has been meticulously designed to accommodate the celebrated Trophy, which measures 36 cm in height, weighs 6.175 kg and is made of solid 18-carat gold with a base of semi-precious malachite. Covered in Louis Vuitton’s iconic Monogram canvas, the travel case is fitted with the company’s signature brass lock and corners, and has a dark brown lining that complements the Trophy’s rich gold. â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥Like all Louis Vuitton special orders, the FIFA World Cup Trophy case was made at the company’s original workshop in Asnières, which opened in 1859. The case opens at the front and at the top to allow the Trophy to be removed easily when, at the final on 11th July in Johannesburg, watched by many millions of people across the globe, it will be presented. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µThe FIFA World Cup trophy is actually pretty excellent in its own right, but the case takes it up another level in the world of luxury. It makes the NCAA trophies (like this one) look kind of pathetic. And while we're on the subject of iconic trophies from the major sports, my haphazard rankings: 1. Stanley Cup (NHL); 2. Vince Lombardi Trophy (NFL); 3. Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy (NBA); 4. Commissioner's Trophy (MLB). Have a favorite? If you included the crystal football from college football, where would that rank? â†µâ†µ
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