Today may be just another “hump day” for those at work. But for adventurers, mountaineers, and thrill seekers alike, the day holds a special meaning. Exactly 60 years ago, on May 29th, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay successfully ascended to the top of Mount Everest, an endeavor thought to be impossible till then ever since British surveyor Andrew Waugh deemed the peak to be the world’s highest more than a century ago. In celebration of this daunting achievement, luxury label BALLY of Switzerland created a special capsule collection for the anniversary. Inspired by the original BALLY Reindeer-Himalaya boots worn by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay during his Everest ascend, creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz fashioned a series of luxurious footwear, travel accessories, and winter outerwear. Perfect for sub-zero environment or a visit to the ICEHOTEL, BALLY artisans fashioned each in the finest calf leather, premium metal hardware, and exotic design accents such as deer skin and real marmot fur.
Part of BALLY’s Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, the limited First Ascent to Mount Everest: 60th Anniversary Collection will be available in the coming months via select BALLY boutiques worldwide.