Ritzenhoff

A colorful palette and an original design are just two of the many outstanding qualities that distinguish a product made by Ritzenhoff. The winter gift+home shows serve as the perfect opportunity for the company to present its new looks to buyers, retailers and media alike. This season, a total of 94 fabulous fresh designs from 17 different collections will hit the market. Below is a look at the impressive line-up:

Beer

The notable William Shakespeare once said, “For a quart of Ale is a dish for a King.” With six whimsical new introductions this season, Ritzenhoff’s line of beer glasses with matching decorative coasters mix royalty with good-humor. New decors range from a polka dot pup wearing an oversized jeweled crown to an amusing medieval jester.

Designs are by: Andrea Hilles, Harm Keilholz (2), Tim Davies, Gernot Gunga and Frank Keller.

Schnapps

Ideal for shots or clear spirits such as Obstwasser, also known as German Brandy, these glasses rank high in form and function.The six sassy decors with matching coasters coordinate with those from the Beer collection.

Designs are by: Andrea Hilles, Harm Keilholz (2), Tim Davies, Gernot Gunga and Frank Keller.

Clubstar

A nod to the 1970’s disco era, Ritzenhoff is introducing four new looks to its Clubstar collection.

With these motifs, designers Auge, M. Bieren-Broodspot, Anke Hellmich and Stephanie Roehe show us how to “shake your groove thing.”

Weizen

This original series, which draws its name from Hefeweizen, a German style of wheat beer, lets beer drinkers celebrate Oktoberfest all year long. Bavarian foods and folklore come to life in this colorful collection.

The range includes motifs by: Juliane Breitbach, Beppe Del Greco, Beppe Facente, Gernot Gunga and

Zwischenraum (2). Each pint-size glass comes with a matching decorative coaster.

Wine

According to the German writer, comedian and painter Joachin Ringelnatz, “The best magnifying glasses for the joys of this world are those from which one drinks.”

So whether the glass is full of the finest Bordeaux or Chardonnay, Ritzenhoff’s collection of red and white wine glasses is the perfect salute to the lighter side of life.

Using a platinum palette, artists Mirjam Hüttner, Lothar Klaschik, Nilesh Mistry and Dajana Brinkert each contributed a new silhouette design to both collections.

Champus

Simply elegant is the best way to describe the six new additions to the collection.

The delicate gold and platinum decors with matching linen napkin are by: Laurence Gartel, Petra Mohr, Nils Kunath (2), Katja Prewozny and Annett Wurm.

Pearls

With its long, sleek shape and alluring designs, Ritzenhoff’s line of prosecco glasses exude luxury.

Designers Nicolas De Waël, Sandra Kretzmann, Melissa Anne Kwee, Diana Sopha, Alena St. James and Ulrike Vater each add their colorful interpretation to this exquisite collection.

On Ice

A 30 mm thick glass bottom, also known in German as Eisboden or frozen glass bottom, was the inspiration for this versatile collection.

Available in two styles, long and short drink, On Ice has been an instant hit since it hit the market in 2006.

The six new stylish coordinated designs by Ina Biber, Oliver Hartmann (2), Gernot Gunga, Gerd Huss and Evelin Roth flaunt fresh faces, fabulous animated characters and flashy color.

My Tea

Two piping hot designs from Markus Binz and Julien Chung are steaming up the wonderful world of tea.

A woman’s face amid a field of green ivy and luscious red lips cover the surface of Binz’s teacup and saucer while Chung chose an oversized floral motif with heart-shaped petals for the saucer and rounded buzzing

bees for the teacup. Each tea set comes with a tea strainer and drip bowl.

My Darling

Nothing is more energizing in the morning than a good cup of coffee—especially when it comes in one of Ritzenhoff’s six new colorful designs.

Designers Sari Ahokainen, Petra Mohr (2), Tim Davies, and Martina Schlenke (2) have created fun, enlivening designs that are sure to delight all coffee drinkers.

My Little Darling

Ritzenhoff designers Laura Ferracioli (2), Melissa Sunjaya, Roberta Tinelli, Sandra Knuyt and Tim S. Weiffenbach have delivered six new motifs that are sure to make the heart of every espresso lover beat faster.

From a woman with a large pearl earring to a young artist in a painter’s hat, each cup features a friendly face.

The motifs on the matching saucers range from coffee beans and drip marks to morning flowers and bustling city streets, all of which depict moments from everyday life.

Amore Mio

After just one sip from Ritzenhoff’s sleek and stylish cappuccino cup, you’ll find yourself whisked away to la dolce vita.

This season’s four striking looks come from Albin Christen, Michel Canetti, Rosa Lisa and Ulrike Vater.

Romeo & Juliet

Black and white, yin and yang, sweet and sour—all the best things in life come in pairs. And Ritzenhoff’s new collection of bottle openers is no exception.

Phillip Argent’s design flips between Adam and Eve, while Douglas Day’s bottle opener reflects on the classic relationship of a cowboy and his horse.

Other designs are by Iti Janz, Tim Davies, Damien Ligier and Shari Warren.

Tipsy

Finishing a bottle of wine seems unthinkable with Ritzenhoff’s new collection of graphic, funky bottle stoppers.

The functional mix of stainless steel and plastic decorated with colorful swirls or images of champagne flutes toasting is a definite way to brighten up everyday life.

Designs are by Margarete Gockel, Büro Für Form, Monika Keller, Emmeke Van Der Put, Schrägspur and Monika Ernst.

Piggy Bank

Who thought that saving your pennies could be so much fun?

Ritzenhoff’s six new designs are an amusing take on the classic piggy bank.

Whether it is Tim S. Weiffenbach’s Robin Hood or Tim Davies’ smiling pirate, a penny earned will truly be a penny saved.

Other designs are by Sandra Kretzmann, Jens Rotzsche and Ben Hall.

Smoking

The perfect accessory for any cigar connoisseur is one of Ritzenhoff’s quality crystal ashtrays.

Nina Jawitz’s subtle, graphic design or Hans-Christian Sanladerer’s cheeky ‘smOKing’ design makes an ideal gift for any cigar-lover. Other designs are by Büro Für Form and Herman Reichold.

Swiss Army lives in Revolucion!

Swiss Army Brand is a recognized throughout the world by just mention about Swiss Army Brand watches and Victorinox Swiss Army knives. It is a world class importer, distributor and manufacturer of premium consumer products. Plus, their logo of a white cross in a shield set off against a bright red background makes it an outstand brand among travelers.

Let me tell you a bit about Swiss Army Brand. In 1897 the Original Swiss Army Knife was created in the small village of Ibach, Switzerland. Since that time, Victorinox has become well-known in more than 100 countries for precision, quality, functionality and versatility. This century old heritage has been extended to Swiss Army Watches, which reflect the ingenious design and outstanding durability Victorinox has come to stand for over the years. Uncompromising craftsmanship makes these watches worthy to carry the “cross and shield” emblem that symbolizes the legend of Victorinox and the Swiss Army Brand.

The VICTORINOX “Swiss Army Knife” is over 100 Years Old. This useful pocket Multi-Tool was legally registered on June 12, 1897. Over 34,000 of these pocket tools with the distinctive Swiss cross leave the factory in central Switzerland each day. Ninety per cent are for export to over 100 different countries and serve as ambassadors for Switzerland.

Karl Elsener, the company founder, wanted to create work in sparsely industrialized central Switzerland and counter the emigration spawned by unemployment. To go from hand-crafting to industrial production was at the time adventurous and required enormous determination. Today, this family business in Schwyz provides 950 jobs.

After the soldier’s knife, which every recruit receives upon entering the army, Karl Elsener developed a new, elegant and light weight pocket knife, with six practical tools. He called this new model the “Officers and Sports Knife”.

After an unparalleled success story around the world, the VICTORINOX “Swiss Army Knife” is even orbiting the earth as part of the standard equipment of the Space Shuttle Crew. The knife has also been successfully proven on expeditions: in the arctic ice of the North Pole; on the highest peak on earth, Mount Everest; in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon, and elsewhere. Time and again, it has been a life saver in situations of extreme danger and great need. The New York Museum of Modern Art and the State Museum for Applied Art in Munich have selected it for their collection of excellence in design, and, since Lyndon B. Johnson, US presidents present guests with VICTORINOX pocket knives.

However, their commercial distinctiveness correspondingly incorporates the red and white colors and a cross in a rounded square. You may think that they would in the long run come together or possibly any one of them would drastically revolutionize to another identity or trademark in the attempt to make a distinction from the other. Well they don’t. Typically, as a market leader, Victorinox does not mention Wenger at all who clearly plays the role of the ‘second-best’ either in its promotional material or advertising. Wenger on the other hand comes out to get a lot of mileage out of Victorinox reputation and addresses the competition directly in its advertising and promotion.

All Swiss Army watches are made in Switzerland with precision Swiss Movements. My choice of Swiss Army watch undeniably would be Maverick Chrono. As you are well aware, Maverick Chrono is also been made in Switzerland with precision Swiss quartz movement. It’s name already give us a clue of the type of this superior watch, a Chronograph watch which has a satin steel case with screw-in caseback and satin screw-down crown. It’s also complete with luminous hands and hour markers so that you still can check the time even in the dark. Lot’s of people unwrapped their wrist-watches whenever they get into water for they afraid their watch would be moisted internally. No need to worry, my choice of watch is equipped with water resistant to 100 meters or 330 feet. How’s that sounds like? Moreover you can always check for date on the watch. Maverick Chrono is also included with sweep second hand and mineral crystal to cover the whole facet. I also loved the satin steel bracelet with triple-looking safety clasp with diver’s extension.

Need to know more about the Swiss Army watches? Please come and see and we be happy to show you our collection.

Putumayo CDs are here to brighten up your winter spirits!

Putumayo is a river that begins in the South American country of Colombia and flows along the border of Ecuador and Peru until it reaches the Amazon in Brazil. Putumayo’s founder, Dan Storper, was traveling through the region in 1974, and was so enamored with its beauty, he decided to name his new handicraft shop after it.

The etymological origins of the word Putumayo in Quechua (indigenous Indian language) are as follows: Mayu (or Mayo) means “River” and Putu can mean either a gourd for drinking chicha, which is a homemade corn/maize liquor, or “nace” (birth) or “sale” (leaves). Therefore, the Quechuan origins of the Putumayo word could be understood to mean either a gourd river or “birth of the river.” Another literal meaning of the word Putumayo is a heron (type of bird).

Putumayo World Music was established to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Storper to help launch Putumayo World Music in 1993. In the past fifteen years, the label has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company’s motto: “guaranteed to make you feel good!”

Putumayo’s CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo’s goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity, a rarity in today’s artist-based music industry.

Putumayo is considered a pioneer and leader in developing the non-traditional market. A large portion of its target audience consists of “Cultural Creatives,” a sociological and lifestyle term for 50 million North Americans and millions more around the world with an interest in culture, travel and the arts. To reach these consumers, Putumayo has built a proprietary network of more than 3,000 book, gift, clothing, coffee and other specialty retailers in the US and thousands more internationally that play and sell its CDs, in addition to maintaining a strong presence in record stores.

Since it began in 1993, Putumayo World Music has contributed to many non-profits doing good work in regions where the music originates. For the past years, Putumayo has focused its non-profit efforts on various local as well as international NGOs working in different parts of the world. They intend to keep on supporting these organizations and other specific NGOs working in the countries where the music originates.

Putumayo’s products are protected by their Feel Good Guarantee. If you are unhappy with any purchase of a Putumayo CD, you may return it to Putumayo for a full refund. Send the CD, along with your receipt of purchase and your address to: Putumayo World Music, Attn: Consumer Returns, 411 Lafayette St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003