Gilbert is company that manufactures rugby sports equipment and accessories. The company began in 1823 when William Gilbert began manufacturing rugby balls.
The rugby ball as a conversation
Gilbert's rugby balls are tactile expressions of motion and energy, vim and verve. If you've ever had an enthusiasm for or played rugby then there is a primal urge to pass rugby balls - and Gilbert do it best. The spin of the ball through the air, the joy of a difficult catch, the sense of your hands being the extension of your body and mind and spirit they seldom are in any other action. You move through the ball, anticipating, waiting, contact! Any space large enough to pass in is enough to join two people in a passing engagement - the Gilbert rugby ball as a conversation, no barriers, one language.
Jim, New Zealand - 14 July 2003