One of the interesting things about Rugby, and really all of Polo for that matter, is the amount of preparation that goes into their collections. Most of that pre-work is lost on the consumer and we just see the end result, but I guess you could say the same thing for most items that are "designed". In my eyes the inspiration behind the process always ends up more intriguing than the actual products themselves so I relish any background information I can get my hands on, especially when it comes to brands I personally enjoy.
Rugby's most recent F/W 2010 arrivals are part of a group of clothes dubbed "The Wall" based on The Eton wall game. The event is still held to this very day at Eton College, a British independent school for boys aged 13 to 18. The game itself is similar to the popular games of soccer and rugby, but what sets it apart is the fact that it's played on a narrow strip of ground in front of a brick wall, first erected in 1717. The rules for the game are kinda bizarre, but it's tough to deny the sheer badassness of playing a contact sport virtually on brick. Anyhow, the colors and themes that dominate the first batch of Rugby's F/W 2010 collection are based on Eton's colors and the English prep school stylings surrounding the event.