VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY À LA MAISON DE LA SUISSE AU FESTIVAL MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2015

Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. fera partie des marques suisses de premier plan présente dans la Maison de la Suisse à l’occasion de Montréal en Lumière 2015, festival annuel ayant lieu en hiver sur deux semaines et invitant à une découverte des sons, des saveurs et des vues du pays à l’honneur, différent chaque année. Pour cette édition 2015 du Montréal en Lumière, la Suisse sera le pays à l’honneur.

Le dôme hébergeant la Maison de la Suisse propose des animations attractives et des produits gastronomiques pour vivre une véritable expérience suisse, offerts par des marques suisses renommées telles que Victorinox Swiss Army, SWISS International Airlines et Lindt, pour ne citer que celles-ci, et vous accueillera dans une atmosphère moderne et chaleureuse dès le 19 février 2015.

Come visit the Victorinox Swiss Army Exhibit at the MOntreal en Lumiere Festival's House of Switzerland

Les visiteurs de l’exposition Victorinox Swiss Army auront l’opportunité unique de réaliser leur propre couteau Swiss Army en bois et d’admirer la collection de couteaux traditionnels de la société comprenant l’évolution innovante de la conception Du couteau Swiss Army du début des années 1900 jusqu’à nos jours. Une occasion rare de voir le tout premier couteau Swiss Army de l’histoire !

Pour en savoir plus sur la Maison de la Suisse au festival Montréal en Lumière et pour connaître les horaires des expositions et des activités, rendez-vous sur http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/home.aspx.

Victorinox in Montreal: Montreal en Lumiere

Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. will be among the featured Swiss brands in the House of Switzerland during
Montréal en Lumiére 2015, the annual two week winter festival that celebrates the sounds, tastes and sights
of a different featured country each year. Switzerland is the official country celebrated during Montréal en
Lumiére 2015.

The House of Switzerland dome, featuring engaging ‘Swiss Experience‘ activities and gourmet fare for visitors from renowned Swiss brands such as Victorinox Swiss Army, SWISS International Airlines and Lindt, to name a few, will welcome visitors within a warm and modern atmosphere starting February 19, 2015.

Visitors to the Victorinox Swiss Army exhibit will have the opportunity to build a wooden Swiss Army knife and view the company’s exclusive heritage knife collection featuring design innovation evolution of the Swiss Army Knife from the early 1900s through to present day. This is a rare opportunity to see in-person the first-ever Swiss Army Knife design produced! Photos of the exhibit are encouraged along with social media sharing with hashtag #VxMEL2015.

To learn more about the House of Switzerland during Montréal en Lumiére, including exhibition schedule and hours of operation, please visit http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/home.aspx.

#VxMEL2015

JetSetter Series – Dr. Jane Goodall, Part II

As a continuation of last week’s discussion with Dr. Jane Goodall, we’re back to hear about some of her most memorable travel experiences. For someone who has been actively traveling the world for more than 50 years, we were anxious to see what she had to say. Read on for Part II of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Jetsetter Series post. (Above photo courtesy of Anthony Collins / the Jane Goodall Institute.)

One of my most memorable travel experiences was a journey from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to the Ruaha National Park. I was with my late husband Derek and my son “Grub” when he was about 7 years old. We were in a four-seat Cessna plane and a small wisp of smoke curled up from the instrument panel for the last 45 minutes of the flight. Needless to say, we were all relieved when we finally made our descent.

However, our relief lasted only a few moments. A herd of zebras were grazing along the landing strip, blocking our touch-down. The pilot flew low to scare them off, but panicked and ended up among trees on the wrong side of the Ruaha River. Derek, a Second World War pilot, told me afterwards that had one wing tip not clipped a tree and slowed us down, we would have had a less fortunate outcome.

As it was, we got out safely – but on the far side of the crocodile-infested river. It was Grub who said “If God didn’t let us die in the crash, he won’t let us be eaten by crocodiles”. And so we carried on, crossing the river with water up to our chests, rather than wait for rescue by ferry and Land Rover.

Dr. Jane Goodall at sunset in Nebraska. (Photo courtesy of Thomas D. Mangelsen / Images by Nature.)
Dr. Jane Goodall at sunset in Nebraska. (Photo courtesy of Thomas D. Mangelsen / Images by Nature.)

Without a doubt the most significant journey I ever made was back in 1957. I had been working as a waitress to save up enough so I could get to Africa. My family came to London to see me board the Kenya Castle, an all-one class ship, and I was off. As we travelled to Africa, we stopped and went ashore briefly in the Canary Isles, Cape Town, Durban and what was then Lorenzo Marx. Those glimpses of new lands and cultures were fascinating to me, though the apartheid system in South Africa was utterly horrifying. There was beautiful scenery, marvelous animals and exotic fruits, but it was a horrible regime.

What I remember most from that journey is standing alone watching the sea; the grey water of Britain giving way to strikingly blue tropical waters. The first flying fish I saw and the dolphins that occasionally played around the boat were simply magic.

I was met in Nairobi by my school friend, whose invitation to stay had provided the opportunity to follow my dream. We drove to the Kinangop, an area of what was then known as the White Highlands. There, I saw my first wild giraffe up close, an aardvark cross the road in front of the car and, once at the farm where I was staying, I was shown the pugmark of a male leopard who had passed through that evening.

I knew then I had truly arrived in Africa.

For more information on Dr. Jane Goodall or the work of the Jane Goodall Institute please visit www.JaneGoodall.org and RootsandShoots.org.

Jane Goodall surveys the tundra from a mountainside in Denali National Park, Alaska.  (Photo courtesy of Thomas D. Mangelsen / Images by Nature.)
Jane Goodall surveys the tundra from a mountainside in Denali National Park, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Thomas D. Mangelsen / Images by Nature.)

Spotlight On: Victorinox Adventurers – Cory and Bethany

Want to know more about the two explorers tapped by WIRED Insider and Victorinox Swiss Army for this year’s Victorinox Adventures spanning from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Switzerland? Read on for a Q&A with Cory Staudacher and Bethany Olson and a behind-the-scenes look at their Victorinox Adventures!

 

What did you say to each other when you found out you were selected to participate in this special project with Victorinox and WIRED?

We were beyond thrilled to be working with such wonderful companies, and were excited to capture Switzerland’s beautiful landscapes.

 

There were were two legs to the Victorinox Adventures journey – Seattle, Washington and Ibach, Switzerland. How did you plan out your adventures for these two destinations?

For the US trip, we wanted to showcase the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We went to Lake Cushman on the Olympic Peninsula, and documented our weekend adventure. For Switzerland, we were excited to photograph the beautiful landscapes and wanted to go to some of our favorite landmarks.

 

Cory and Bethany

The photos you both take are stunning and you both have mass Instagram followers always eager for more (including us!) to prove it. What’s the thought process you each go through for every photograph you take? 

We like to plan the locations and concepts, but let the moments organically come.

 

And how many are impromptu shots versus planned?

We like to set up the concept to match the location, but let the photos speak for themselves.

 

Was this the first trip to Switzerland for you both? 

Yes! And it was incredible.

 

What was the most unexpected surprise from this leg of your journey?

We were happy to discover that everyone in Switzerland was extremely nice and friendly. We got to travel the countryside, and loved seeing the different landscapes we encountered.

 
Victorinox Adventures - Cory in Switzerland

You took a tour of the Victorinox factory in Ibach where the iconic Swiss Army Knife is made – and met with CEO Carl Elsener. Did either of you learn any fun facts about the Swiss Army Knife that surprised you?

We didn’t realize how much work was produced at the factory. They assemble, stamp, and package the knives, along with making each part in house. We had so much fun using a machine and assembling our own pocket knives!

 

Congratulations on your engagement! We were so excited to hear about that. What’s up next for the two of you?

Lots of traveling and shooting photo jobs for Tinker Street*. Along with planning our wedding set for September 2015! 🙂

Bethany Travels Switzerland in Style

To see more photos from Cory and Bethany’s Victorinox Adventures be sure to follow @VictorinoxSwissArmy on Instagram!

JetSetter Series: Molly Beauchemin (Part II)

Picking up where we left off last week with Molly Beauchemin – a fashion, food and culture critic always on the move. While she resides in Brooklyn, New York, her job requires frequent trips to report on culture – from local fare to up-and-coming bands at music festivals.

 This is Part II of Molly’s JetSetter Series post where she shares with us how she preps for her frequent weekend adventures and her technique for packing a bag that allows her to experience new cities without feeling weighed down.  As Molly puts it…

Packing is a game of aesthetic strategy, and over the years, I’ve gotten very good at it.

I’m particularly proud of one such situation a few years ago, when I was invited to a wedding at the King’s Garden in Copenhagen. My guest and I wanted to spend the morning up north at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, but we knew we wouldn’t have enough time to return to our house and change before the wedding. With a little ingenuity, we made it work. I invested in a wrinkle-resistant dress that slipped in my bag as we explored the coast of Nordsjælland. We caught a train back to the city just in time to change in the bathroom of a coffee house across the street from the castle grounds. I’ll never forget the look on the barista’s face after I walked into the bathroom looking like a disheveled backpacker and came out wearing three-inch heels and crimson-red lipstick (We arrived at the wedding dewy and breathless, but we made it.)

I didn’t know it at the time, but this moment was a small victory of packing. A savvy traveler can “do as the locals” without the giant suitcases that betray us as tourists.

I’ve learned with time that good luggage makes it easy to pack well. The train ride from New York City to Montreal is one of the top five train rides in the world, according to the people whose job it is to say so. It’s also one of my favorite places to write. You travel under bridges, around granite cliffs on the Hudson River, through gorgeous sailboat marinas, in and out of castle-filled islands, and past the sheltered farm towns of upstate New York (think apple orchards, horses, tractors and rusty barns).

JetSetter Molly Traveling the Montreal Countryside by Train

With so much to do and see just on the train, having the right bag was key. Like any writer, I like being able to access my laptop from an external pocket. I write about everything from music and fashion to travel and the environment, so I need hard-cased, water-resistant luggage so any accidents won’t ruin clothes I might have to wear to an event or interview. Mostly though, I’m neurotic – I want to have my luggage close. This is important because I’m constantly rummaging. On the train to Montreal, I found myself grabbing for my camera in moments of inspiration, working from my computer on and off and reaching for my sunglasses so I could take in the view.

Victorinox Travel Tip: Need a carry-on that combines durability with easy-access? Try the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On. This sleek, break-resistant bag features a front-access door, making it easy to grab the things you need most while traveling.

Ultimately, it’s the ritual of packing that makes it a point of intrigue for me; there’s a sense of peace whenever I fold clothes for an adventure. Once I arrive in a new place I’m usually rushing around, but with the right mindset – and the right luggage – I can always make room for what’s important.

Molly Beauchemin
Molly Beauchemin

Swiss Army Marvel: Bridle Path Walking Sticks by Tyler Leonard

 

No two days at the Swiss Army offices are ever the same. One day we’re chatting six blade hunting knives with a seasoned hunter at the SHOT show and the next we’re discussing the fine points of tailoring with fashion editors for the next season’s collection launch. We love meeting and hearing Swiss Army Knife stories from so many interesting people all around the globe.

One recent story we wanted share came through just last week. We were so excited to learn about Tyler Leonard, an 11 year-old boy from Connecticut who has started a business making walking sticks – and is doing it all with his Victorinox Swiss Army Knife!

We were so impressed with this enterprising 11 year-old we couldn’t help but pick his brain and get all the details behind this wunderkind’s business venture.

Read on for a Q&A with Tyler and one of the best ‘how it’s made’ videos we’ve ever seen!

1. What made you want to start making walking sticks?

I was outside one day bored. I wanted to use the tools on my new Swiss Army Knife, so I took the saw and cut a branch to size. Then flipped out the knife and shaved it.

2. How do you make your Bridle Path Walking Sticks?

First, I find a suitable sapling or tree branch. Next, I cut it to size with my saw. Later, I
shave the bark off with the long blade on my Swiss Army Knife.
After that, I let it dry out a little bit, over the course of about 24 hours.
Then, I wood-burn the purchaser’s name into the wood, if they want it.
Soon after, I put a clear coat of varnish on the stick.Lastly, I drill a hole, with the help of my dad, and put a leather strap in it along with my tag.

3. Do you sell them? If so, where can we get one?

Yes, I sell them. Usually the purchaser calls me or Facebooks my Mom and orders one. I don’t have a fixed location.

                                 Tyler L 1       Tyler L 2

4. What is your most favorite walking stick you’ve made so far?

Probably my white oak one, it is very sturdy and light colored. I think the pattern in the grain is very cool.

Tyler L 4

5. What is your favorite Swiss Army Knife tool?

The long blade part. It shaves very efficiently and is very easily controlled. For the people who are just trying this now, a Swiss Army Knife is recommended.

6. What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up, I would like to be a programmer for video games and computers.

Watch the video below to see Tyler in action!

Impressive, right? Head over to the Bridle Path Walking Sticks Facebook page to support Tyler.

Victorinox Adventures with WIRED Insider

This fall, WIRED Insider and Victorinox Swiss Army tapped two outdoor explorers for their stunning landscapes and adventure photographs and sent them on a journey stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Switzerland.

Equipped with their cameras and Victorinox Swiss Army Gear, Cory Staudacher (@withhearts) and Bethany Olson (@bethanymarieco) spent time in one of their favorite spots in Seattle. From there, they visited Ibach, Switzerland, home to Victorinox’s headquarters, where they traveled by train and spent time in the majestic mountainous and lake regions of the countryside. Explore their journey on this event page…and via WIRED Insider throughout November and December 2014.

Bethany Olson

Behind the Adventurer: About Bethany

Bethany Olson is a commercial and fashion photographer located in Seattle, WA who has gained over 100,000+ followers on Instagram. She is also a fashion blogger, coffee enthusiast, and loves exploring the Pacific Northwest in her spare time. And, with her fiancé Cory Staudacher, travels all over the globe on photography assignments. @bethanymarieco

Cory Staudacher

Behind the Adventurer: About Cory…

Cory Staudacher is a photographer based in Seattle, WA. Taking his photography style inspiration from simplicity and minimalism, Cory brings you into moments that evoke hope and peace. Currently he is part of Tinker Street* a photo agency in New York that works with brands on Instagram campaigns. Most days you can find him outside in national forests taking photos on Instagram with his fiancé Bethany Olson. @withhearts

Spreading the HOCR Celebration Nation Wide

We had such a great time in Boston at the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) this past weekend that we wanted to extend the celebration activities nation-wide. For a limited time, if you visit ANY of our Victorinox Swiss Army brand stores in the U.S. and show the below post card (e.g. can be an image on your phone or print out this page) at the checkout you will receive a 20% discount off your purchase.

HOCR Limited Time Promotion

Pretty incredibly, right? So, what are you waiting for?!  Visit our Store Locator page here to find the Victorinox Swiss Army retail store closest to you. (And, don’t delay, this promotion is only available until November 19, 2014.)

JetSetter Series: Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-SomethingTravel.com

Each day at Victorinox, we are surrounded by extraordinary women who inspire us. In celebration of the launch of Victoria – our first collection designed by women, for women; we’ve teamed up with some inspiring ladies who love to travel as much as we do.

Stephanie Yoder, author and writer of travel blog Twenty-SomethingTravel.com can’t sit still. Since 2010, she has traveled all over the world – living in some places, visiting others – and even met and fell in love with her husband along the way. Read on for Stephanie’s story, as well as her top travel tips.

 1. What sparked your travel itch?

My senior year of college, I studied abroad at University College London and just fell head over heels with the freedom and excitement of travel. I didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduation, but I knew I had to explore the world. I’ve pretty much been on the move ever since!

2. What makes a great travel partner? 

Compatibility is a really tricky thing. I think that the most important thing is being on the same page in terms of budget, travel style, itinerary etc. If one person wants to go out partying every night and the other one prefers to sit in and read, you’re going to have friction.

I also think it’s important to be able to give each other space and alone time when needed. Split up for the day or at least take a walk by yourself. My husband and I have become really talented at being alone, together.

3. What are some of the benefits of solo travel in your twenties? 

I really believe everyone should travel alone at least once in their twenties. It gives you such great insight into your own personal preferences and travel style. You have to really listen to your inner monologue and make your own decisions, which isn’t always easy if you are used to going along with someone else.

It’s important to get used to spending time alone. You can practice this when you’re not traveling by going out to dinner or the movies by yourself. It feels really strange at first, but with experience you start to feel more comfortable. All of a sudden a whole new world opens up.

4. How long do you typically spend at home in Washington DC? What are some of your favorite spots there?

It really varies a lot. Earlier this year my husband and I spent seven months in Mexico; before that we were in DC for almost six months uninterrupted. We are actually moving out of the area very soon and we’re not sure what our home/travel split will look like.

I grew up in the DC area so I have a lot of favorite spots, but one of my absolute favorite things to do is to visit the National Monuments at night. There are barely any tourists out after dark, the monuments are all lit up and it’s just beautiful.  

5. For someone who’s always on the go, what are some little conveniences that keep your life running smoothly? 

Thanks to travel, my most prized possession is my Kindle. I’m a huge (and fast) reader and I used to lug around two or three books in my suitcase at a time, which got really old really fast. I bought a Kindle and never looked back. It’s so great to have my entire library in my hands, no matter where I go.  

Victorinox Travel Tip: Protect and easily access eReaders and tablets in many of the new Victoria Collection pieces, including the Charisma, Sage, Divine and Harmony day bags and Brilliance wheeled carry-on, all of which feature padded pockets to guard tech gear on-the-go.

6. How do you keep yourself organized on the go?

I try to keep things simple: minimal make-up, clothing that matches and one or two comfortable all-purpose pairs of shoes. I try to pack light and make liberal use of space organizers like packing cubes and a toiletry bag with many compartments. Having everything in its place makes it easy to repeatedly pack and unpack.

My husband is more of the “throw everything into a suitcase and stir it up a bit” school of packing, and he can never find what he needs, so I like to think my way is better! 

Victorinox Travel Tip: Organize essentials with the Lifestyle Accessories 3.0 Packing Cube Set and hanging toiletry kit like the new Victoria Muse. The convenient detachable zippered pouch even allows you to take a few beauty items on the go. 

7. What are your top 5 travel essentials? 

  • My Kindle (naturally)
  • My Laptop – I am always working on the road so I can’t live without it!
  • Sunscreen – no matter where I’m headed
  • Comfy sweatpants – great for lounging around the hostel or hotel
  • Snacks – granola or crackers fend off low blood sugar bad moods

 

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

Really good face moisturizer. I go back and forth on the brand, but I always have some in my suitcase. Travel can be terrible for your skin: changes in weather, dry air on planes and hours out in the sun. A good moisturizer feels so luxurious after a long day on the road.

9. Of all your travel experiences, why was “A Year Without Makeup” the most significant lesson learned? 

The title really encompasses an entire philosophy of life and style rather than in the literal sense. Yes, I didn’t wear makeup for a year, and I still usually don’t bother to put any on, unless I’m going out somewhere nice. The bigger lesson however, was that I learned that beauty standards are basically arbitrary, and that I can pick and choose the ones I want to prescribe to. That is very freeing.

So, while I still like to get dolled up on occasion, when I’m traveling I generally choose comfort over sex appeal. You will never catch me in heels. Being able to walk for hours through a new city is more important to me.

 10. Where are you off to next?

My next big adventure has been a secret for awhile: I’m actually moving cross country – to Seattle! I’ve never lived on the West Coast of the U.S. and am really excited for this big change in scenery and lifestyle. That doesn’t mean I’m done traveling though. I simply refuse to sit still.

One Night Only! #VxHOCR VIP Shopping Event at Boston Copley Place

It just keeps getting better in Boston this weekend!

For one night only – on Saturday, October 18 – the Victorinox Swiss Army Store in Boston’s Copley Place will host an after hours VIP shopping event starting at 8:30 p.m. EST.

During this flash event visitors to the store will enjoy a 30% discount simply by showing this promo card at the door.

We look forward to seeing you there!

#VxHOCR #HOCR50