Monday, March 9, 2009


Words, Judith Ecochard, Images Courtesy Victorinix

Economic climes demand a polished appearance---for that key first impression or to pump up one's self-esteem---because ‘looking good/feeling good’ = confidence.

Capturing the spirit of master cutler Karl Elsener, the main brains of the 125 year old Original Swiss Army Knife under the Victorinox® name, are a bunch of new technically superior and trendy professional gear ready for sojourns…afar or to the walk to corner office.

1884™ Collection:
An easy blend of the classic and superior craftsmanship (like materials including Nano-Tex™ technology fabrics for micro- level superior resilience against stains and moisture and premium Mario grain leather trims), the upscale 1884™ Collection of premium business cases boasts the latest of “exquisite componentry” for today’s business executive…including:

Main compartments with stretch pockets that accommodate up to a 15" laptop or a few files; top flap secures with electronics-friendly dual magnetic closures
Organizational panel with two executive pen loops, passport and card slots, microfiber-lined personal electronics pocket and a key fob
Front zippered pocket for quick-access items
Removable, adjustable, padded, leather shoulder strap
Rear, leather magnetic strap for sliding over dual-trolley handle systems
Protective storage bag keeps case clean and dust-free


Maybe Victorinox had a Coombayah/S’mores eating confab with jetsetters because the company has managed to stylishly solve a major complaint of airport travelers-the need to remove one’s laptop for inspection.

The Trevi (suggested retail $259) , and airport friendly brief ---is one of several bags that feature the Secuirty Fast Pass a feature that allows one to keep the laptop in a padded compartment while undergoing X-ray screenings.

Other thoughtful bells and whistles include a removable, padded, non-slip shoulder strap, front stash pocket with electronics-friendly magnetic closure is great for quick access to travel documents, a patented, zip-away water bottle pocket, back sleeve slides over dual-trolley handle systems, padded, the aforementioned rear Security Fast Pass™ compartment that protects up to a 15.4” laptop and allows laptop, and the Swiss Tracker™ that provides comprehensive protection against the inconvenience of lost luggage.


We wanted the Wilshire (suggested $169) carry-all as soon as our eyeballs got a peak at this edgy hauler that we could see blending in with our professional attire worn to stuffy corporate board meetings as well as with our trendy garb that we slide into for hip downtown nights out. Part of the Curb™ Collection---for modern professionals----the Wilshire has:

the removable, padded Security Fast Pass™ sleeve…a dedicated, built-in padded sleeves provide laptop (up to 17 inches)- protection and storage and easy airport screening,

a molded back panel offers maximum comfort, adjustable padded shoulder straps, multiple organizational capabilities with legal-sized fan file system and dedicated peripheral pockets including PDA and MP3 pockets, pen slots and business card holders, durable 1680D ballistic nylon withstands the test of time and provides protection from everyday wear and tear,

lockable YKK® Racquet CoilTM zippers guarantee zipper alignment and keep the contents of the bag secure….and a lifetime warranty.