Spotlight On: Victorinox in Vail!

Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. will serve as an official sponsor of the House of Switzerland during the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Vail, CO to be held February 2-15.

The House of Switzerland 2015, a temporary renaming of the Sonnenalp Resort’s Swiss Chalet restaurant, will serve as the official Swiss guest center in Vail; bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of Switzerland to Vail visitors and FIS competitors during the two week ski event.

Extending the ‘Swiss’ experience in Vail, Victorinox Swiss Army will also debut a pop-up retail shop located adjacent to the Sonnenalp Resort. Open from February 2-16, visitors to the store will have the unique opportunity to personalize their own Swiss Army Knife, enter to win a trip for two to Switzerland courtesy of SWISS, Switzerland Tourism and St. Moritz, and purchase Victorinox Swiss Army Knives, Watches, Travel Gear, Apparel and Fragrances.

The Victorinox Swiss Army pop-up store will be located at Off Piste Sports, 30 East Meadow Drive in Vail. And, to learn more about Victorinox Swiss Army’s sponsorship      and pop-up store activities in Vail please visit www.SwissArmyBlogs.com.

WHEN:           Monday, February 2, 2015 through Monday, February 16, 2015

WHERE:        Off Piste Sports, 30 East Meadow Drive in Vail, Colorado

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About Victorinox Swiss Army
Victorinox produces and sells unique, high quality products worldwide which are of practical use in differing areas of life: Swiss Army Knives, Cutlery, Watches, Travel Gear, Apparel and Fragrances. The head office of the company is   in Ibach, Schwyz, in the heart of Switzerland. This is where the founder of the company Karl Elsener first set up his cutler’s business in 1884 and, a few years later, designed the legendary «Original Swiss Army Knife».

We’ll see you all in Vail!

Victorinox in Vail: A Special Thanks!

A special thanks to the sponsors of our Swiss Trip Giveaway: SWISS, Switzerland Tourism, and St. Moritz, for working with us to make it possible for you all to have the opportunity to enter to win a trip for two to Switzerland, Swiss Travel Passes and a four-night stay at the Schweizerhof St. Moritz Hotel!

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About the Schweizerhof St. Moritz:

Located at the heart of St. Moritz and just 3 minutes’ walk from the Chantarella–Corviglia Funicular, the Schweizerhof is a hotel steeped in tradition. Here guests can savor the ambiance of the Belle Époque and enjoy all the little conveniences the Schweizerhof Team has to offer. To read more about the Schweizerhof St. Moritz and join their newsletter, click below!

http://www.schweizerhofstmoritz.ch/

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About Switzerland Tourism:

Switzerland Tourism is entirely devoted to all visitors and works in close collaboration with tourism partners and suppliers at home, and their subsidiaries abroad. Together, they do their best to make sure that your stay in our country turns out to be a truly unforgettable experience.

To read more about Switzerland Tourism: myswitzerland.com/rail

To join their newsletter: myswitzerland.com/newsletter

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About SWISS:

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the national airline of Switzerland. It serves 104 destinations in 48 countries all over the world from Zurich, Basel and Geneva. With a fleet of 91 aircraft, SWISS transports in the region of 16 million passengers every year.

As the national airline, SWISS stands for Switzerland’s traditional values and is committed to the highest standards of product and service quality. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of the Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline network.

To read more about SWISS: http://www.swiss.com/us/en

To join their newsletter: http://www.swiss.com/us/en/Customer/Newsletter/SubscribeNewsletter

* And don’t forget: while you’re at the Vail pop-up shop enter to win a trip for two to Switzerland courtesy of SWISS, Switzerland Tourism, and St. Moritz!

Official contest rules are as follows:

VICTORINOX “Vail Pop Up 2015 Switzerland Getaway Giveaway” SWEEPSTAKES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN AND A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. ELIGIBILITY. The Victorinox “Vail Pop Up 2015 Switzerland Getaway Giveaway” Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older. Employees of Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. (“Sponsor”), and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, promotion, public relations agencies and their immediate family or household members are not eligible to participate. For purposes of these rules “immediate family” is defined as parents, legal guardians, spouses, siblings, children, and stepchildren.
  1. HOW TO ENTER:Complete an official entry form available at the Victorinox Vail Pop-Up Store at 30 East Meadow Drive, Vail, CO. Entries must be received between 10:00:00 AM MT on Monday, February 2, 2015 and 5:00:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Incomplete entries will not be accepted and are void.

Limit: One (1) Entry per person per email address during the Contest Period, regardless of whether entrant has more than one email address.

The Sponsor will review all submitted Entries and reserves the right in their sole and absolute discretion to reject, disqualify and/or remove any Entry that violates these Official Rules without any notification or warning.

By submitting an Entry, the participant understands and grants to the Sponsor permission for his/her Entry and other information to be posted throughout the world for viewing by visitors to the SwissArmy.com Website, Facebook.com, Twitter.com and as otherwise allowed in accordance with the Official Rules.

  1. DRAWING. On Monday, February 16, 2015, at or about 9:00AM (EST) at the Victorinox North America Headquarters the winner will be randomly selected from all entries received. Winner will be notified by direct message to the email address used to submit the entry. Person responding to the winner announcement must be the person whose name appears on the entry and must provide proper photo identification and proof of age, subject to Sponsor verification. Under no circumstance is the Sponsor responsible for lost entries.
  1. PRIZE. The prize (“Prize”) consists of: A trip for 2 to Switzerland including: 2 roundtrip SWISS business class tickets from one of SWISS’ US gateways (ORD, EWR, JFK, MIA, BOS, LAX, SFO) to Switzerland. Travel must be completed within one year from the date of April 30, 2015. Prize also includes two First Class Swiss Rail passes valid for 8 consecutive days providing access to unlimited travel on Swiss travel System’s public transportation network including classic scenic routes, public transport systems of 38 cities as well as 50% discount on most mountain railways and cable cars as well as free entry to over 400 museums; as well as a 4-night stay, including breakfast, for two at The Schweizerhof St. Moritz.

Winner is responsible for any connecting flights required to get to U.S. gateway city. All expenses not specified herein including, but not limited to, airline taxes, meals, spending money, airport transfers, incidental costs, incidental charges imposed by the airline, taxes and gratuities are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Prize must be accepted as awarded with no substitution. Prize is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or credit, in whole or in part. Winner and travel companion must travel together on same itinerary and is based on space availability at time of booking. Tickets and travel are valid on Swiss International Air Lines operated flights only. No frequent flyer mileage may be accrued.

Swiss International Air Lines is not responsible for failure for any reason whatsoever of selected entrant to receive notification. Arrangements for the fulfillment of the Prize will be handled by Swiss International Air Lines. Swiss International Air Lines reserves the right in their sole discretion to substitute any and all part of the Prize with a Prize of comparable value.

Swiss international Air Lines is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer system, property or anything stored on or related thereto as a result of participation in, or connection with, this drawing. Entrants release Swiss International Air Lines from all liability in connection with the drawing and any Prize won.

  1. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Winner verified will be sent affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release forms which must be signed and returned within seven (7) days of receipt using prepaid overnight delivery envelope provided. Grand Prize winner’s guest (or a legal guardian if a winner is considered a minor in his/her state of residence) must also complete and return a liability/publicity release before travel arrangements can be made. A minor guest must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If a winner fails to complete and return documents within the required time, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. By entering this Sweepstakes, all entrants agree that neither Sponsor, its parent, related, affiliated or subsidiary companies, nor their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees or agencies will have any liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by or in connection with any prize or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes or from acceptance, possession or use of any prize or participation in any prize-related activity, including travel, or use by Sponsor of the entry in any manner; and agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, any prize provider and their respective successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, arm, damage, industry, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in this Sweepstakes and for any claims, based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy or merchandise delivery. Entrants who do not comply with these official rules or attempt to interfere with this sweepstakes in any way shall be disqualified. Submission of a Sweepstakes entry will constitute and signify the entrant’s agreement and consent (or that of parent or legal guardian if entrant is an eligible minor) that the Sponsor and/or the Sponsor’s assignees may use his/her name, photograph, likeness and/or prize information for promotional purposes in commerce and in all media worldwide now known or hereinafter developed without time limitation and without further compensation, except where prohibited. Winner is solely responsible for any local, state, or federal taxes on prize. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
  1. NAME OF WINNER. For the name of the prize winner, available after 03/1/15, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with proper postage affixed to: Victorinox “Vail Pop Up 2015 Switzerland Getaway Giveaway”, P.O. Box 1212, Monroe, CT 06468. Requests must be received by 05/01/15.

Sponsor: Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc., 7 Victoria Drive, Monroe, CT

Victorinox in Vail: Choose. Create. Enjoy.

While you are enjoying the festivities at the House of Switzerland 2015 in Vail for the FIS Ski World Championship, be sure to stop by the Victorinox Swiss Army pop-up shop adjacent to the Sonnenalp Resort. From February 2-16, visitors will have the unique opportunity to personalize their own Swiss Army Knife.

To commemorate the Switzerland-like mountains and ski conditions in Vail , we’ve created four new limited-edition Vail 2015 Swiss Army Knife design. You choose the design you like, we create your personalized Swiss Army Knife, and it’s yours we hope you’ll enjoy for life! (It also makes a great gift! J)

While you’re at the Vail pop-up shop don’t forget to enter to win a trip for two to Switzerland courtesy of SWISS, Switzerland Tourism, and St. Moritz!

Here’s a sneak preview of our new Vail-themed scales:

50th Head of the Charles Regatta 2014

For the first time, Victorinox Swiss Army will be a premiere partner of the Head of the Charles Regatta 2014 – and serving as the official Timepiece and Travel Gear sponsor for this year’s event.

The Regatta, held on October 18-19, 2014, is conducted annually on the beautiful Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, Mass. The world-class event will celebrate its 50th race this year, marking a major milestone expected to attract 11,000 competitors and more than 400,000 spectators.

One of the world’s preeminent rowing competitions, the 2014 Head Of The Charles Regatta features a variety of races for U.S. and international rowers of all ages and abilities. In line with the Regatta’s 50th milestone, the race weekend is expected to feature the strongest competition in event history. The HOCR will feature a world-class field of competitors, drawing local, international and Olympic rowing legends from around the world. Athletes from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand will compete, alongside U.S. competitors from across the country.

And while you’re at the HOCR you can visit Victorinox Swiss Army at one or both of our locations – the Rowing & Fitness Exhibition near the race finish line as well as the Weld Exhibition nearer the starting line. Visitors to our shops will have the unique opportunity to personalize their own Swiss Army Knife, enter to win exciting prizes, and purchase Victorinox Swiss Army Knives, Timepieces, Travel Gear and Fragrances. Special offers redeemable at the Victorinox Swiss Army Flagship Store in Copley Center will also be available.

Stay tuned to this page for more updates on Victorinox Swiss Army activities and special opportunities for HOCR attendees during the event. And, you can like us on Facebook for updates throughout the event as well.

See you in Boston!

Victorinox Swiss Army Team

Jetsetter Series: Shannon O’Donnell of ALittleAdrift.com

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To celebrate the launch of our new Victoria Collection – designed specifically for women – the Jetsetter Series turns its focus to stories of women who inspire us.

Enter Shannon O’Donnell of ALittleAdrift.com. Most people only dream of traveling as much as she does. Since her first year-long solo trip in 2008, Shannon has lived and volunteered in various cities across the globe, spreading her passion for service as she goes. Shannon was kind enough to chat with us, so read on for her top travel tips and tales.

1. Do you prefer to travel alone or with a companion?

I have mostly traveled solo for the past few years, but each style has its pros and cons. Ultimately, I enjoy the freedom of a solo trip and the increased focus I am able to give to connecting with local communities and people on the road. I love sitting at a market in Asia, eating dinner and watching the rush of evening conversations, the pace of life and the whirl of activity. Traveling solo opens me up to unexpected conversations with locals, impromptu dinner friends and a lot of time to process and sink into my new surroundings.

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Petra, Jordan

2. What are your top tips for solo female travelers?

Of course there have been times on the road where I felt uncomfortable traveling alone; but overall, each new country and culture I’ve encountered has welcomed me with open arms and incredible kindness. That said, these three tips will help make you a smart solo traveler:

  • Understand the cultural norms. Read widely about your upcoming destination in memoirs and guidebooks and understand the geopolitics of the region. This will help inform your behaviors, mannerisms and the dress code you should follow and respect.
  • Involve others in your safety. Tell your hotel or bartender that you are alone. They will often look out for you and consider your safety a personal priority. Also, consider sitting near groups or around other women and children at bus/train stations. Join a conversation and generally engage with those around you, rather than staying isolated.
  • Stay aware and sober. Pay attention to the people around you and understand which parts of the city are navigable during the day but may become less desirable at night. Stay awake at bus stations, watch your drinks and stay sober enough to get yourself back to your hotel.

3. When preparing for your first year abroad, what possessions did you sell to help finance your trip?

Anything of value was fair-game that first year on the road. Although I work as a freelance consultant as I travel, I sold every single item in my apartment—from my couch to my bed!  Knick-knacks, paintings and anything without clear sentimental value was sold for my travel fund.

4. When not backpacking, what type of travel gear do you prefer?

I retired my backpack just before my travels through Africa and now love using a carry-on size rolling suitcase. Though my trusty backpack served me well in the early years on the road and does come in handy for trekking, I find the wheeled suitcases are still convenient and allow me to quickly transition from long-term travel to a business meeting all in one go.

 

Victorinox Travel Tip: Try the Victorinox Victoria Ambition Global Carry-On for traveling lightly and stylishly abroad. Its spacious interior with zippered pockets are perfect for holding small jewelry and pens. Even more so, its elegant silver hardware and sleek leather handles will seamlessly transition from the road to the boardroom.

 

6. What are some of the best vegetarian dishes you’ve had abroad? Have you ever had trouble finding vegetarian fare on the road?

The salads in Myanmar were an incredible surprise. Though the country has a very fish-based diet like much of Southeast Asia, their fresh cold salads are in a class of their own. My favorite is the tea leaf salad, “lephet thote,” which is very strong fermented tea leaves with crunchy bits. India was also a pure delight—an entire history of cuisine designed around vegetarianism.

There were only a handful of times it’s been difficult communicating my dietary preferences — both China and Bosnia were tricky! Ultimately, I approached the situations with as much information and translation as I could, and when communication failed me, I was content to munch on carrots and apples from the markets.

Vegetarian taco in San Pancho, Mexico
Vegetarian taco in San Pancho, Mexico

7. When traveling, what’s your trick to balancing work and exploring?

Traveling slowly is the secret to working from the road. I give myself days and weeks in each new region so I don’t feel the need to rush all of the sights, nor do I feel guilty when I spend the bulk of a day typing furiously from a coffee shop.

 

Victorinox Travel Tip: Tote your tablet to the coffee shop in style with the Altmont 3.0 Flapover Laptop Backpack, boasting interior and exterior pockets and a slim design.

 

8.  What’s your strategy for finding and vetting volunteer opportunities?

Now that I’ve been traveling for the better part of six years, I love to find independent volunteer opportunities in each new place. Generally, I look for locally run organizations. Once I’m on the ground, I ask around and then visit the project, inquiring what they need most from volunteers and which projects need support. If my time frame and skills are a good fit, and they seem to have financial transparency, I find a local apartment and dive in!

For others who may be planning a trip around their volunteer experience, the process involves a bit more thought and time spent researching motivations and really learning about aid and humanitarian work. The process for new volunteers is outlined in more detail here, but generally looks like this:

  • Research the development and aid industries so you better understand the role volunteers play in developing local communities and economies.
  • Examine your motivations for volunteering and consider if the length of time you have is a good fit for volunteering. Often shorter volunteer trips fulfill more for the volunteers than those being served.
  • Do a lot of research! Look for locally-run projects that involve the community in the project. Also, make sure to ask a lot of questions about how volunteer fees will be used.
Monks Shannon taught at a moastery in Pharping, Nepal
Monks Shannon taught at a moastery in Pharping, Nepal
Planting a tree with a young girl at the Matibabu health project in Kenya
Planting a tree with a young girl at the Matibabu health project in Kenya

9. What were some of your most memorable and fulfilling volunteering experiences?

I spent several months volunteering with my then 11-year old niece in northern Thailand. We traveled throughout Southeast Asia for a bit, eventually basing ourselves in Chiang Mai so we could really explore the region. During our time, we worked with the We Women Foundation to teach English to a Burmese refugee in the region. I loved that the woman was open to having my niece be a part of the experience, and we spent numerous afternoons laughing together and sharing stories as we planned lessons and practiced English. It was a wonderful window into the culture and to show my niece how she could help – even at 11 years old!

At Shwedagon Pagado, the holiest temple in Myanmar, with Ana   Bagan temples burma

 

My niece Ana in hongsa, laos   Elephant Nature Park Conservation in Thailand

10. At Victorinox, we believe it’s important for every woman to have a little piece of luxury. What’s yours?

I love traveling with a pashmina scarf to class up any outfit and just make me feel cozy and comfortable on long airplane rides. There are practical reasons it’s handy too — as a head covering or to keep me warm — but having something beautiful to put on is a lovely feeling when I’ve been on the road for a while.

11. Where are you off to next?

Having returned from Africa recently, I plan to tour around the U.S. a bit. I will spend the fall speaking at a handful of universities in the U.S. By early next year, I hope to head to Peru and explore South America a bit.

Learning about Maasai culture at Maji Moto in Kenya    Jumping shot with my cousin at the Taj Mahal in India   O'Donnell at Isle of Skye, Scotland

For more of Shannon’s travel stories, check out her blog at ALittleAdrift.com

I.N.O.X. Time To SWISS-Away Giveaway

Switzerland is calling – it’s time to get away from it all! 

Show us what you would bring with you on a Swiss getaway – and, you could win a trip for two to Switzerland! 

Between September 8-22, 2014 post an I.N.O.X. Time to SWISS-Away photo or short video to the Facebook.com/VictorinoxSwissArmy page, or to Twitter or Instagram, using hashtag #INOXSwissSweeps

…and you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to WIN A GETAWAY to SWITZERLAND – including SWISS round-trip flights, Swiss Rail passes and a VIP Victorinox Factory Tour in Ibach where you’ll pick up your new I.N.O.X. timepiece!

So, what are you waiting for – post now to enter to win!

To learn more about…

 • SWISSwww.facebook.com/flyswiss

• Switzerland Tourismwww.facebook.com/MySwitzerland
OFFICIAL RULES

 VICTORINOX “I.N.O.X. TIME TO SWISS-AWAY GIVEAWAY” SWEEPSTAKES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN AND A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. ELIGIBILITY. The Victorinox “I.N.O.X. Time to SWISS-Away Giveaway” Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older.  Employees of Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. (“Sponsor”), and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, promotion, public relations agencies and their immediate family or household members are not eligible to participate. For purposes of these rules “immediate family” is defined as parents, legal guardians, spouses, siblings, children, and stepchildren.

2. HOW TO ENTER: There are two ways to enter the Contest; 1) visit www.facebook.com/victorinoxswissarmy and post a photo or video of what you would take with you on your SWISS getaway with the hashtag #INOXSwissSweeps; or, 2) post a photo or video to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #INOXSwissSweeps. Entries must be received between 12:00:01 PM ET on Monday, September 8, 2014 and 11:59:59 PM ET on Monday, September 22, 2014. Incomplete entries will not be accepted and are void.

Limit: One (1) Entry per person per email address during the Contest Period, regardless of whether entrant has more than one email address.

The Sponsor will review all submitted Entries and reserves the right in their sole and absolute discretion to reject, disqualify and/or remove any Entry that violates these Official Rules without any notification or warning.

By submitting an Entry, the participant understands and grants to the Sponsor permission for his/her Entry and other information to be posted throughout the world for viewing by visitors to the Website, Facebook.com, and as otherwise allowed in accordance with the Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to post sample Photos it has created in connection with the Contest on Facebook.com.

ENTRIES POSTED TO FACEBOOK ARE THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF SPONSOR OR FACEBOOK IN ANY MANNER.

All Entries must comply with the following minimum guidelines to be eligible:

  • Photo cannot contain content that is irrelevant to the purpose of the Contest.
  • Photo must be original and may not have been digitally altered.
  • Photo cannot be profane, pornographic, sexually explicit or suggestive or contain nudity.
  • Photo cannot be violent or promote firearms/weapons.
  • Photo cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco.
  • Photo cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about people, brands, products or companies.
  • Photo cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group or be derogatory to any ethic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group.
  • Photo cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate.
  • Photo cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
  • Photo may not include images of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person or any image which violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.
  • Sponsor reserves the right in their sole and absolute discretion to reject, disqualify and/or remove any Entries that violate these Official Rules without any notification or warning.

3. DRAWING. On Friday, 9/26/14, at or about 9:00AM (EST) at the Victorinox North America Headquarters the winner will be randomly selected from all entries received. Winner will be notified by direct message to the social channel and/or email address used to submit the entry. Person responding to the winner announcement must be the person whose name appears on the entry and must provide proper photo identification and proof of age, subject to Sponsor verification. Under no circumstance is the Sponsor responsible for lost entries.

4. PRIZE. The prize (“Prize”) consists of: A trip for 2 to Switzerland including: 2 roundtrip SWISS economy class tickets from one of SWISS’ US gateways (ORD, EWR, JFK, MIA, BOS, LAX, SFO) to Switzerland. Travel must be completed within one year from the date of September 26, 2014. Prize also includes two First Class Swiss Rail passes valid for 8 consecutive days providing access to unlimited travel on Swiss travel System’s public transportation network including classic scenic routes, public transport systems of 38 cities as well as 50% discount on most mountain railways and cable cars as well as free entry to over 400 museums; as well as a VIP tour for two of Victorinox headquarters in Ibach, Switzerland where the winner will receive one Victorinox INOX timepiece.

Winner is responsible for any connecting flights required to get to U.S. gateway city. All expenses not specified herein including, but not limited to, airline taxes, meals, spending money, airport transfers, incidental costs, incidental charges imposed by the airline, taxes and gratuities are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Prize must be accepted as awarded with no substitution. Prize is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or credit, in whole or in part. Winner and travel companion must travel together on same itinerary and is based on space availability at time of booking. Tickets and travel are valid on Swiss International Air Lines operated flights only. No frequent flyer mileage may be accrued.

Swiss International Air Lines is not responsible for failure for any reason whatsoever of selected entrant to receive notification. Arrangements for the fulfillment of the Prize will be handled by Swiss International Air Lines. Swiss International Air Lines reserves the right in their sole discretion to substitute any and all part of the Prize with a Prize of comparable value.

Swiss international Air Lines is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer system, property or anything stored on or related thereto as a result of participation in, or connection with, this drawing. Entrants release Swiss International Air Lines from all liability in connection with the drawing and any Prize won.

5. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Winner verified will be sent affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release forms which must be signed and returned within seven (7) days of receipt using prepaid overnight delivery envelope provided. Grand Prize winner’s guest (or a legal guardian if a winner is considered a minor in his/her state of residence) must also complete and return a liability/publicity release before travel arrangements can be made. A minor guest must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If a winner fails to complete and return documents within the required time, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. By entering this Sweepstakes, all entrants agree that neither Sponsor, its parent, related,  affiliated or subsidiary companies, nor their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees or agencies will have any liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by or in connection with any prize or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes or from acceptance, possession or use of any prize or participation in any prize-related activity, including travel, or use by Sponsor of the entry in any manner;  and agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, any prize provider and their respective successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, arm, damage, industry, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in this Sweepstakes and for any claims, based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy or merchandise delivery. Entrants who do not comply with these official rules or attempt to interfere with this sweepstakes in any way shall be disqualified. Submission of a Sweepstakes entry will constitute and signify the entrant’s agreement and consent (or that of parent or legal guardian if entrant is an eligible minor) that the Sponsor and/or the Sponsor’s assignees may use his/her name, photograph, likeness and/or prize information for promotional purposes in commerce and in all media worldwide now known or hereinafter developed without time limitation and without further compensation, except where prohibited. Winner is solely responsible for any local, state, or federal taxes on prize.  Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

6. NAME OF WINNER. For the name of the prize winner, available after 10/1/14, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with proper postage affixed to: Victorinox I.N.O.X. Time to Getaway Giveaway, 6240 Oakton Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053. Requests must be received by 11/01/14.

Sponsor: Sponsor: Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc., 7 Victoria Drive, Monroe, CT

 

 

Meat: An Education

For those that missed August’s event at Brooklyn Kitchen we had a lively discussion among the four panelists and Tasting Table moderator, Jamie Feldmar about the State of Meat in NY. While there were many revelatory insights about the nuances and challenges in sustainable farming and meat sourcing that came out of the discussion, one of the biggest consumer call-to-action themes for better understanding the meat they buy and eat, comes down to one key thing – the label.

When you go to the butcher, the supermarket or a restaurant and see words such as “organic” or “no antibiotics” or “all natural” to describe the meat you’re about to buy or eat, you expect a higher level of quality in both the sourcing and the processing of that meat, right?

And it’s true that sustainably run farms deliver us meat that is distinctively better tasting and we literally get more ‘bang for our buck’ with each and every bite. And yes, this meat is more expensive to procure but when you are nourishing your body isn’t ‘quality’ over ‘quantity’ a good rule of thumb?

Did you know you could actually help support more sustainable farmers bring quality meats to a market near you by buying less meat – but focusing that meat spend on only quality meats sourced from sustainably managed farms, whether they are within 100 miles, or 1000 miles. The key is, how is that farmer – or group of farmers – raising their animals. To eliminate the industrial agricultural model, we have to accept and support that sustainably raised foods of all types must cost more. Sustainable is not truly sustainable unless the farmer can afford to live on the land.

At DeBragga, we’ve long believed in the power of transparent information for the trade and consumers alike to make informed decisions about the meat they buy and serve.  This commitment to excellence enabled us to become the sole New York City-based distributor for “Certified Angus Beef” in 1982, which was one of the original branded heritage breed programs under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. This tradition continues still today as DeBragga is building its own local network with grass fed cattle in New York State, and raising its own heritage breed hogs with Amish farmers – Gloucester Old Spots, the rarest breed in America – and pure blood Berkshires. We also work with “local” networks of farmers around the country who share the ideal of protecting the land, respecting the animal, and earning a fair wage for their efforts. In some cases, the carbon footprint of working with a cooperative seven states away can be far less.

We invite you to help us keep the State of Meat in NY discussion alive and join us in this Meat education and information revolution. Our goal is to support a sustainable farming industry that can grow and flourish in the U.S., once again giving consumers the power of choice and better access to the best quality meats for themselves and those they love.

George Faison

DeBragga Meats

The Ultimate Two-Step for Meat Lovers – Say ‘Hello’ to Brooklyn Kitchen and The Meat Hook

Summertime is a prime time for enjoying all things meat. Be it backyard BBQs, meats on a stick at outdoor festivals, hot dogs at a baseball game, or entertaining family and friends at the beach or block party. And for those new to cooking meats, or those that are the go-to chef in the family, how do you know what you don’t know when it comes to using and choosing the right cutlery tools – and meats or cuts of meat – for the next meal you prepare?

Giving everyone access to the tools they need to cook anything they desire and the knowledge resources of interest to not only improve cooking and tools skills but also to use cooking ingredients with a conscience is the idea that Brooklyn Kitchen was founded on.

Here at Brooklyn Kitchen, as well as our partner The Meat Hook, we are committed to supporting and enabling a world of sustainable farming practices – or what you may know as #Farm2Table.

If you’d like to learn more about #Farm2Table and The State of Meat in New York we invite you to join us, in partnership with Victorinox Swiss Army, on Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET at our 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY store. We’ve brought together a standout panel of industry professionals to lead an interactive discussion that will be moderated by Tasting Table Senior Editor Jamie Feldmar.

The State of Meat in New York event panelists include;

If you aren’t local to New York and still want to participate in the discussion we’ll be accepting live questions during the event(!) via Twitter @thebklynkitchen.

And, of course no discussion on meat would be complete without delectable eats available for tasting along with beer from the Brooklyn Brewery.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Taylor and Harry, The Brooklyn Kitchen

The Meat Hook Team

JETSETTER SERIES: MICHAELANGELO L’ACQUA

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The Jetsetter Series is Victorinox Travel Gear’s ongoing conversation with some of the world’s most fascinating people where we discuss our favorite subject: travel. This month we had a chance to catch up with Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Global Director of Music at W Hotels. After more than five years with W Hotels, Michaelangelo has racked up some serious frequent flyer miles DJing for crowds all over the world. Read on to learn more about his career and where it has taken him.

1.     Tell us a bit about what you do as Global Director of Music at W Hotels.

W Hotels has a deep passion for music embedded in their DNA. My role as Global Music Director is to create the musical touch points that represent the soundtrack to their lifestyle and brand values. I oversee the music that plays in the hotel, produce their compilations, run their international DJ series and produce the live concert series. W’s mission statement is “New and Next” so I am constantly reading trends and curating the best parts that represent a W point of view.

2.     What is your favorite part of your job?

I would have to say the traveling. It has allowed me to view life beyond my wildest dreams as well as constantly strive to grow in everything I do.image-03

3.     How did you get started in music?

Music has always been a part of who I am. At age six I started playing violin and went on to attend The Manhattan School of Music for most of my childhood. I eventually graduated college with a degree in Jazz Performance from the New School. I transitioned into becoming a music producer creating works for major record labels and TV as well as fashion runway shows in Milan, Paris and New York. After 15 years of scoring and performing music, I acquired a unique set of skills that has allowed me to create an unconscious emotional connection between the individual and their environment through music. This is what has led me to working with W Hotels.

4.     Do you remember your first experience receiving a positive reaction from a crowd? 

At age 9 I performed my first solo violin concert. At that moment I discovered that music was a way I could communicate beyond the thoughts in my head expressed though words. I’ve been doing this ever since.

image-055.     Has your level of travel increased since you began as Global Director of Music?

Yes, very much. For years, I produced music for fashion shows in Europe and most of my travel was to and from Milan, Paris and London. I am now entering my fifth year working with W, and since I started, I have probably racked up nearly a million miles of air travel. Brand expansion in Asia has been a focus for W since I joined the team and I have had the amazing fortune to spend a lot of time throughout that region visiting most of the countries that I only dreamed of experiencing in my life.

6.     How many of the more than 70 W Hotels locations have you visited? Which was your favorite?

I’ve hit my fair share of W’s throughout the world, including Asia, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Russia and North America. My all time favorites are: Barcelona, Koh Samui, Bali, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Chile, Paris, Verbier and South Beach.

7.     How do you ensure that you’re carrying your gear securely but still doing it in style?

Travel gear that gives you the ultimate freedom to move at lightening speed without hassle is key to a life on the road. I am obsessed with trying to stick more stuff in a small suitcase that weights less and less each time. Many years ago I was hit with an overweight luggage charge (400 Euro extra, while the ticket was only 45 Euro.) Ever since, I have been on a mission to never again face such overages.

A short while later, a dear friend of mine gifted me some Victorinox hardside luggage and it changed my life. I have been obsessed with it ever since. Hardside, duffle bags, carry-ons, computer cases, backpacks – you name it, I’ve got it. I’m now like George Clooney in “Up In The Air,” no award miles ever left on the table. There is no better feeling than when you grab your bag from the luggage carrousel and everyone looks at you with luggage envy.

image-068.     On longer flights, what items do you keep handy in your carry-on?

I always keep headphones (noise cancelling) USB phone chargers, laptop, eye mask, ear plugs, hand sanitizer, water and a good book for when I’ve watched every movie they have on the plane.

9.     What’s on your travel playlist?

I’m currently loving the albums from London Grammar and Banks.

Below, you can listen to a travel playlist put together by Michaelangelo that include London Grammar and Banks! Or click here to listen

10.  Where do you find creative inspiration?

I find creative inspiration through human engagement. I’ve been blessed to meet so many individuals who are extremely passionate about what they do. Our cultural backgrounds might differ, but the passion to challenge ourselves, overcome and express your voice to the word remains constant. Creativity then becomes a byproduct of these experiences as these moments and people make me want to grow and be better in everything that I do.

11.  What are some interesting musical preferences/differences you’ve noticed playing for crowds around the globe?

I’ve watched over and over and over again how people become one moving organism when they feel music at their core. There are no differences or preferences between individuals when they are feeling music and letting themselves go. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever been apart of – especially when the source of the music is coming from one’s own hand.

12.  Do you have to cater specifically to different crowds or do you try and get them into new music?

I’m all about new music and educating people with it. Watching their reactions when they hear something for the first time is amazing.

image-1313.  Where are you off to next?

Well I’ve just come back from a dream trip in Asia. Bangkok, Maldives, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi Don. Next up is a U.S. run. SXSW in Austin, Winter Music Conference in Miami, IMS Enage in LA and a live concert with Alunageorge in San Francisco. In the Spring I head to Cannes to work with amfAR, followed by Ibiza for International Music Summit.

Designer’s Corner: Inside the Hybri-Lite™ Collection

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Victorinox is excited to introduce the new Hybri-Lite Collection to travelers in the U.S. The collection was first introduced internationally due to the overwhelming need for ultra-lightweight luggage in these markets. But you know Victorinox. We are never willing to sacrifice quality or durability so the result – an innovative new take on lightweight luggage. Hybri-Lite has become a staple for today’s global traveler. To give you an inside look, we sat down with the designer to learn more about this unique, one-of-the-kind Hybri-Lite collection.

What was the inspiration behind the Hybri-Lite Collection?   

We were inspired by the trends in the automotive industry. In the past, vehicles were very neatly separated into groups: cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, etc. Today many models are more difficult to classify. There are “hybrids”, and I don’t mean that in terms of the engine. This made us think about what hybrid luggage would entail – luggage that could also meet multiple needs and preferences.

So what is hybrid luggage?

We focused on combining the strongest aspects from hardside and softside luggage into one case. We used a polycarbonate chassis covered in durable nylon fabric. This unique construction allows you to enjoy the best of both. With Hybri-Lite™, your items are protected with polycarbonate just like in a hardside case, but you can enjoy packing flexibility like in a softside case. No one else in the market has anything like Hybri-Lite™.

The Hybri-Lite Global Carry-On weighs only 5.45 lbs. It is the lightest Victorinox bag yet. How were you able to achieve this?

We focused on making every aspect of the case as light as possible while still maintaining our standards of durability. By combining a flexible nylon exterior with a highly resilient 100% polycarbonate frame, we were able to reduce the weight of the bag without sacrificing its durability. The polycarbonate plays a large role in this. It offers a high level of protection and ruggedness while being very lightweight.

There are many lightweight bags on the market, what makes Hybri-Lite so special?  

Most lightweight bags on the market do not have framing, the structure that protects your packed items. Hybri-Lite includes a polycarbonate frame made of the same material used to construct some of the best hardside luggage cases on the market. We also kept all of the amenities like pockets and expansion. Hybri-Lite has all the features travelers expect in a fully framed bag. Additionally, Hybri-Lite was held to the same rigorous testing standards as the rest of our Victorinox luggage. There really were no compromises with this collection.

What are other features make this collection stand out from other luggage in its class?

With Hybri-Lite, you can truly expect more from your lightweight bag. The collection features premium Hinomoto wheels. The Hinomoto brand is known for high quality casters that minimize resistance for smooth roll. In addition, Hybri-Lite features an air-craft grade aluminum dual-trolley handle system that locks into three different positions so you can choose the one that is most comfortable for you. And did I mention that this bag has more packing capacity than any bag in its class?

What type of traveler will appreciate this collection the most?

This is a great option for the global traveler whose biggest concern is weight. International airline carry-on regulations are stricter than those in the U.S. putting more pressure on people to travel light. The Hybri-Lite Global Carry-On was developed to meet this need and make traveling abroad a little easier.

Have you traveled with this bag and where did you take it?

Recently I took the Hybri-Lite 20 Global Carry-On to New York for a three-day trip. We stayed in the Meatpacking District where we did quite a bit of walking. We visited the High Line as well as local galleries and restaurants. The bag coped with the cobblestones very well. I was able to pack everything I needed for the trip in just one carry-on and still had room for the clothes I purchased there.

From your personal experience, what is your best advice when choosing luggage?

Because you asked for my personal opinion, first, choose Victorinox luggage because it is going to outlast the competition. There is a reason why the Victorinox brand has built a reputation for unsurpassed quality and reliability. Second, if you are looking for ultra-light luggage, choose Hybri-Lite. It looks good and you will not have to worry when you throw it on the scale at the airport. Depending on how you pack, of course. I can’t help you if you insist on bring six pairs of boots on a five-day trip.

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