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Birkenstories

BIRKENSTORIES

BIRKENSTORIES

Birkenstories are the tales and portraits of people in BIRKENSTOCKS all over the world, whether a taxi driver in New Delhi, an American Nobel laureate, a papaya farmer from the jungle of Borneo, or an eccentric German manufacturer of expedition vehicles. They focus on characters who are unique – some in a big way, some in a little way. And they have all been committed wearers of BIRKENSTOCKS for years.

Birkenstories are the tales and portraits of people in BIRKENSTOCKS all over the world, whether a taxi driver in New Delhi, an American Nobel laureate, a papaya farmer from the jungle of Borneo, or an eccentric German manufacturer of expedition vehicles. They focus on characters who are unique – some in a big way, some in a little way. And they have all been committed wearers of BIRKENSTOCKS for years.

Hermann Gerland

BIRKENSTORY #28:
HERMANN GERLAND

football manager with a unique eye for young talent


“Tiger, I wouldn’t be where I am today without you”
Thomas Müller, 2014 world champion


He was an assistant coach to Jupp Heynckes, Louis van Gaal, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, and Hansi Flick, and became a legendary trainer at FC Bayern Munich – the dyed-in-the-wool Bochumer Hermann Gerland.

“Tiger,” as everyone still calls him to this day, is a two-times Club World Cup winner and a two-times treble winner, and won Germany’s Bundesliga nine times.

BIRKENSTORY #28:
HERMANN GERLAND

football manager with a unique eye for young talent


“Tiger, I wouldn’t be where I am today without you”
Thomas Müller, 2014 world champion


He was an assistant coach to Jupp Heynckes, Louis van Gaal, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, and Hansi Flick, and became a legendary trainer at FC Bayern Munich – the dyed-in-the-wool Bochumer Hermann Gerland.

“Tiger,” as everyone still calls him to this day, is a two-times Club World Cup winner and a two-times treble winner, and won Germany’s Bundesliga nine times.

Nicholas Vreeland

BIRKENSTORY #27:
NICHOLAS VREELAND

ABBOT OF THE RATO DRATSANG MONASTERY IN SOUTHWEST INDIA


“He will never be an abbot. His nose is too big.”

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, about Nicholas Vreeland


The story of Nicholas Vreeland, Buddhist monk and only Western head of a Buddhist monastery, starts in the early 1980s, when the diplomat’s son left his expensive tailor-made shoes on the streets of New York and chose to live a simple life in simple sandals. Birkenstock visited the extraordinary man.

BIRKENSTORY #27:
NICHOLAS VREELAND

ABBOT OF THE RATO DRATSANG MONASTERY IN SOUTHWEST INDIA


“He will never be an abbot. His nose is too big.”

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, about Nicholas Vreeland


The story of Nicholas Vreeland, Buddhist monk and only Western head of a Buddhist monastery, starts in the early 1980s, when the diplomat’s son left his expensive tailor-made shoes on the streets of New York and chose to live a simple life in simple sandals. Birkenstock visited the extraordinary man.

Athénaïs de Béru

BIRKENSTORY #26:
ATHÉNAÏS DE BÉRU

FORMERLY A BANKER, NOW A GROWER OF BIODYNAMIC WINES IN BURGUNDY


“I did precisely the opposite of everything I was told.”


Athénaïs de Béru was once a banker, but in 2006 she took on her family’s 500-year-old wine-growing estate in the village of Béru in Burgundy. Traditions are strong here and people do things in a certain way. “I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but I did precisely the opposite of everything they told me,” Athénaïs told us.

BIRKENSTORY #26:
ATHÉNAÏS DE BÉRU

FORMERLY A BANKER, NOW A GROWER OF BIODYNAMIC WINES IN BURGUNDY


“I did precisely the opposite of everything I was told.”


Athénaïs de Béru was once a banker, but in 2006 she took on her family’s 500-year-old wine-growing estate in the village of Béru in Burgundy. Traditions are strong here and people do things in a certain way. “I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but I did precisely the opposite of everything they told me,” Athénaïs told us.

Maya Wasowicz

BIRKENSTORY #25:

MAYA WASOWICZ

KARATE FIGHTER AND EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE


“Feeling fear is part of losing.”


In the opinion of her coach, Maya Wasowicz is one of the ten best karate fighters in the world. When the Polish-born moved to New York at the age of eleven, she did not speak a single word of English. Her passion for sports introduced her to karate. Here, she could express herself perfectly.

Her big dream these days: to represent the USA and her discipline for the first time in the Olympics in Tokyo.

BIRKENSTORY #25:

MAYA WASOWICZ

KARATE FIGHTER AND EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE


“Feeling fear is part of losing.”


In the opinion of her coach, Maya Wasowicz is one of the ten best karate fighters in the world. When the Polish-born moved to New York at the age of eleven, she did not speak a single word of English. Her passion for sports introduced her to karate. Here, she could express herself perfectly.

Her big dream these days: to represent the USA and her discipline for the first time in the Olympics in Tokyo.

BIRKENSTOCK WANTS YOU BIRKENSTOCK WANTS YOU

Do you know any fascinating BIRKENSTOCK wearers whose story is just waiting to be told? Whoever it is, be it someone you know personally, a random discovery while on vacation, or anyone else anywhere else, we look forward to receiving all your suggestions.

Do you know any fascinating BIRKENSTOCK wearers whose story is just waiting to be told? Whoever it is, be it someone you know personally, a random discovery while on vacation, or anyone else anywhere else, we look forward to receiving all your suggestions.

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The people behind the Birkenstories

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