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Sophie in Switzerland

Sophie in Switzerland

Switzerland is the little country that could. The tiny, alpine nation is an economic powerhouse with the world’s 20th largest economy. Not bad for a country with the same population as New York City. It always scores in the top 10 in quality-of-life surveys, and it has a wealth of geographical features, from staggering mountains to bucolic valleys. Its cities all seem to be the proper size, and everything in the country runs like clockwork, which it should since the Swiss watch industry is one of its largest business sectors. Switzerland is an incredibly diverse and well-educated nation. However, it also can be quite confusing. It borders France, Italy, Germany, and Lichtenstein. While Swiss-German is the official language, French, Italian,...

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Sophie Experiences the Nightlife of Hong Kong

Sophie Experiences the Nightlife of Hong Kong

Sophie travels the world as the LUC8K ambassador and visits some places of great beauty and demanding challenges. When it comes to urban areas, Sophie’s favorite city is Hong Kong, and for plenty of reasons. So for one day, Sophie gets to visit her favorite places in this dynamic city. It’s a world center of business and commerce. Its scenic harbor serves as one of the world’s busiest deep water ports. Its skyline can rival any in the world. It’s a truly 24-hour city. And it’s a meeting place for people around the world where they come to work hard and play even harder. Sophie lands at Hong Kong International Airport and takes the Airport Express Train, and in minutes,...

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Sophie in Rome and Monaco

Sophie in Rome and Monaco

So where has Sophie been all this time? She’s been spending her days (and nights) with Governor the meerkat in South Africa, living an idyllic life. But now it’s time to head back on the road so Sophie gathered her exclusive Luc8k bags, her trustee cell phone, and she heads to the Eternal City, Rome, and then onward to Monaco to represent Luc8k at the Monaco Symposium on Luxury. Sophie’s combination of travel-savvy, distinctive style, digital prowess, and her commitment to living a sustainably responsible life has made her a popular guest at conferences worldwide. It doesn’t hurt that she’s a giraffe and thus an intriguing conversation starter from the moment she enters a room—but first Rome. If you walk a...

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Sophie Goes To Argentina and Peru

Sophie Goes To Argentina and Peru

Sophie likes to move quickly when traveling, and nothing says fast, sleek, and stylish like the new Weekender duffle bag and the colorful new handmade leather belt. These items will come in handy with her new adventure, a trip to Argentina and Peru, two countries known for their rugged beauty, diverse cultures, and fine cuisine. Landed In Buenos Aires Sophie’s flight landed in Buenos Aires, the largest city in Argentina and one of the most important in South America. It’s a place known for its street art, contemporary design, and preserved Spanish architecture. It is a melting pot with residents and visitors from all over the world. Sophie is hungry, and she headed straight for Cucina Paradiso, one of the...

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Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

Ever since Sophie was in London and saw a BBC movie about meerkats narrated by Paul Newman, she’s been obsessed with these tiny animals. Their long thin furry bodies just over a foot tall are designed for speed above ground and burrowing underground. They inhabit some of the most difficult, barren and dangerous places on earth yet they appear to live happily in their large families. When they stand tall on their hind legs and peer out with their binocular-like eyes, it’s as if they scan entire swaths of the African deserts where they live. Meerkats are about as different from giraffes as any creature can be, yet Sophie is intoxicated with them. They live so close to her childhood...

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Sophie Goes To India

Sophie Goes To India

Instead, it is cacophony of colors, noise, scents and humanity. It’s made up of hundreds of provincial provinces with its own languages, religions, cultures and economies. India is also a place where the richest people on earth live in exalted luxury while the poorest of the poor survive in hopeless squalor. The economy is broken, the government is corrupt and the population is exploding. The dysfunctional social system can’t possibly cope with the endless challenges the population face. The country of over a billion people already is expected to surpass China as the most populous country by 2050. The country seems like a lost cause. But somehow India does move forward. The entrepreneurial spirit is voracious. New businesses form by...

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Sophie Goes Home to Botswana

Sophie Goes Home to Botswana

Sophie was born and raised on the Okavango Delta, a swampy fertile area formed by the Okavango River in the center of the landlocked country. Rich in plant life and animals it is a place that combines unparallel joys of a diverse landscape with abundant food and water. It also has the dangers of sharing a space with predators like hyenas and lions. Its main city is Maun, the fifth largest city in Botswana, the center of the highly lucrative tourism trade and the center of the agriculture trade. Tourists on their way to many safaris in the area mix with ranchers who bring their cattle to sell. Sophie loves the atmosphere but when she wants to get away and...

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Sophie Goes To Amsterdam With A Heavy Heart

Sophie Goes To Amsterdam With A Heavy Heart

After leaving the efficient and modern Schiphol Airport in a good mood ready to enjoy the city Sophie received terrible news. The giraffe has been moved from a species of “Least Concern” to “Vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the organization that administers the world’s official endangered species list. Numbers of giraffe have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015, according to the organization. The decline is due to habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest in many parts of Africa. The decline is particularly steep in East, Central and West Africa, while numbers are increasing in Southern Africa. The next stages on the IUCN list are endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild...

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Sophie goes to Belgium

Sophie goes to Belgium

<img width="885" height="542" src="https://luc8k.com/wp-content/uploads/Luc8k-Sophie-goes-to-beligium.jpg" class="attachment-full size-full" alt="" srcset="https://luc8k.com/wp-content/uploads/Luc8k-Sophie-goes-to-beligium.jpg 885w, https://luc8k.com/wp-content/uploads/Luc8k-Sophie-goes-to-beligium-300x184.jpg 300w, https://luc8k.com/wp-content/uploads/Luc8k-Sophie-goes-to-beligium-200x122.jpg 200w, https://luc8k.com/wp-content/uploads/Luc8k-Sophie-goes-to-beligium-700x429.jpg 700w, https://luc8k.com/wp-content/uploads/Luc8k-Sophie-goes-to-beligium-768x470.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 885px) 100vw, 885px"> Sophie travels everywhere and does everything but visiting Belgium has her so excited she can barely contain herself. As the ambassador of LUC8K she’s thrilled about seeing the first store that will sell LUC8K leather bags and accessories. But first there are adventures. For such a small country Belgium is extremely complex and vitally important within Europe and the rest of the world. It is also a divided country with the Dutch speaking Flemish in the north and French speaking Wallonia in the south. In fact the only thing the two sides can agree on is that they hold no...

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Sophie At The GoodFestival

Sophie At The GoodFestival

That’s why Sophie is in the beautiful city of Lausanne. It is where the GoodFestival is being held. The event discovers and promotes the “doers” who are building a better world. But first Sophie lands in Geneva and spends a couple days in the beautiful city on the lake. Her first stop was the Jet d’Eau, the huge Fountain on Geneva Lake. It is the tallest fountain in the world, streaming water 140 meters into the air. It is said to symbolize the “strength, ambition and vitality” of Geneva and Switzerland.” Karen with her bespoke Luc8k leather shopper bag in front of Jet d’Eau Sophie of course had to get as close as possible walking up the pier to the end...

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