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Extraordinary, limited, and up-to-date – these keywords perfectly describe the all new and exclusive Off-White™ c/o Victorinox Limited Edition. The co-created Swiss Army Knife brings together the best of both brands and ingeniously combines Victorinox expertise and its brand values of functionality, quality, innovation, and iconic design with the creativity and boldness of Off- White™. Off-White™ and Victorinox – two brands, one mission to equip the world with functionality and sophisticated style for any urban adventure.
It all started with the core idea of beginnings – the beginning of mankind’s oldest stone tool, the Stone Age “Swiss Army Knife” and at the same time the beginning of an exciting collaboration of two well- known established lifestyle brands. “We are excited about the outcome of the Off-White™ c/o Victorinox Limited Edition bringing together Victorinox tradition and knowledge with the young and up-to-date brand Off-White™ representing today’s understanding of urban adventure, an attitude that we share for all of our products”, explains Veronika Elsener, Chief of Marketing at Victorinox.
ADAM AND EVE. ANDROGYNY. THE BEGINNING.
The design of the blades represents the shapes of ancient tools made from stone and used for cutting, drilling, skinning, and other tasks in prehistoric times. The blades’ rounded edges slightly protrude from the corpus of the pocket knife giving this limited edition an absolutely unique look. Besides the extraordinary shape of the blades, the silhouette of the single tools, when positioned in the correct order next to each other, resembles a fig leaf. This allusion to Adam and Eve is linked to the core concept of beginnings. Limited to 3’000 pieces only worldwide, sequential numbering is engraved on the blade and makes every limited piece one of a kind.
The theme of the ancient stone tool is also represented by a completely new material which has never previously been used on a Swiss Army Knife. Corian® Solid Surface is a solid, nonporous, homogeneous surfacing material, composed of resin and natural minerals. These minerals are composed of aluminium trihydrate, derived from bauxite, an ore from which aluminum is extracted. Bauxite is a sedimentary rock with a relatively high aluminum content. The Corian® scales are like real stone to the touch, accentuated by their weight, matt surface, and resilience to scratches and wear.
The scales are white, complemented by black prints. On the front scale the Victorinox Cross & Shield logo and further iconic symbols representing the heritage of the brand are imprinted, along with the name and the year of this limited edition. On the back scale a series of images represents the evolution from stone to tool.
OFF-WHITE™ C/O VICTORINOX LIMITED EDITION
Off-White™ invited Victorinox to collaborate on a very special and limited edition Swiss Army Knife as the hero product of the “Equipment™” project in partnership with Post Archive Faction (PAF). PAF is a South Korean menswear brand launched by Dongjoon Lim and Sookyo Jeong in 2018.
In strong alignment with Virgil Abloh, the two brands worked hand in hand for the next two years to develop this unique design piece with innovative elements never seen before on at Swiss Army Knife.
For both Off-White™ and Victorinox, design competence is at the heart of everything they do. Creating an iconic product together was the driving force of the joint collaboration proving the continuous design evolution of the multitool driven by expert designers.
The Off-White™ c/o Victorinox Limited Edition can be purchased in selected stores and online. Victorinox guarantees all knives and tools to be of first-class stainless steel. Each item has a life-time guarantee against any defects in material and workmanship. Victorinox prides itself on more than 135 years of experience in the manufacturing of high-quality knives in Switzerland.
Victorinox AG is a worldwide operating family business, which today is run in the fourth generation. The headquarter of the company is located in Ibach, canton Schwyz, in the heart of Switzerland. This is where the founder of the company Karl Elsener I set up his cutlery business back in 1884 and, a few years later, designed the legendary «Original Swiss Army Knife». Meanwhile, the company produces not only the world-famous pocket knives, but also high-quality household and professional knives, watches, travel gear and fragrances. In 2005, the company took over Wenger SA in Delémont. The Wenger pocket knives were integrated into the Victorinox range in 2013, so that the Wenger product portfolio today consists of watches and travel gear. Products are available online, in own stores as well as via a widespread network of subsidiaries and distributors in more than 120 countries. In 2021, the company with its more than 2100 employees generated sales of CHF 408 million.
Established in 2013, Off-White™ is defining the grey area between black and white as a color. Under the brand name, seasonal men’s and women’s clothing collections, objects, furniture, and publications are articulating a current cultural vision. Collections are embedded in a recurrent backstory, with an emphasis on creating garments that have an identity by design. With a design studio based in Milan, Italy, the label harnesses the country’s history and craftsmanship, yet offers a global perspective on design and trends. With a clear vision of splicing the reality of how clothes are worn with the artistic expression of high-fashion, creative director and designer Virgil Abloh explored concepts in the realm of youth culture in the contemporary context.