Timbuk2 Messenger Bags Invite Environment and Customer Approval

Timbuk2, a city in the Tombouctou Region of the West African nation of Mali…no that is Timbuktu; Timbuk2, a San Francisco based messenger bag company started in a garage, in the 1980’s…yes, that is the Timbuk2 I am talking about!

Who made the first messenger bag? New York based company Globe Canvas for telephone linemen.  However, New York City bicycle messengers soon realized the benefits of the design, and Globe Canvas “messenger bags” were soon spotted all over town.  Timbuk2 wasn’t far behind, and they soon began to capture the hearts of mainstream America. People walking down the street noticed the brightly colored, well-made bags, and wanted them for themselves.Image result for timbuk 2 D-Lux Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 is a young company that not only provides durable messenger bags but also is concerned with the environment. “Like rice and beans, we keep it simple when it comes to being pro-planet. We make durable bags that are tough as hell and built to last. So while our competition is piling up in landfills, we stay on your back, hugging you for a lifetime. Tales of Timbuk2 bags outlasting jobs, lovers, pets, and train wrecks are not uncommon. These stories give us the confidence to guarantee our bags will last a lifetime.”

Some of Executive Essentials’ best-selling bags include the:

  • D-Lux Messenger Bag
  • Netbook Messenger BagImage result for timbuk2 Netbook Messenger Bag

Along with all Timbuk2 bags, these are both made of rugged ballistic nylon, heavy-duty stitching, and waterproof liners.  Each bag comes with a padded adjustable shoulder strap, and many organizational features like a key ring tether. While the messenger bags share many desirable features, they also have characteristics that make each unique for the particular needs of their owners. Check them out at Executive Essentials!


Backpack Deals

Jester Backpack TNF Black;Most schools are back in session on Monday and the time to purchase a backpack for your child is now and Executive Essentials has a broad selection of backpacks at fantastic prices, 10-56% OFF!!

The most popular backpack brands this year are JanSport and The North Face. In particular the JanSport Plaids and The North Face Heckler.

Image result for JanSport PlaidsIf your child has a need to purchase a new backpack every year; the less expensive JanSport might be a better choice. For children who can use the same backpack for several years in a row; the more expensive, lifetime warrantied, North Face will be the better option. For even a greater value on a North Face backpack, check out the 25% off older styles that are currently available!

Womens Jester Backpack TNF Black Emboss / Petticoat Pink;Some children prefer messenger bags. Our most popular messenger bags by far, Timbuk2, are available in a multitude of different colors and styles and are also on sale at 20-25% off!

Get your child off on the right track this school year with the right backpack or messenger bag, by purchasing one today at exceptional prices at Executive Essentials!

The zebra is one of those highly distinctive and well-loved animals. And, even though they live in only one country, Africa, they are known worldwide. They are primarily known for their black and white striped coats which give them striking physical features. The pattern actually evolved as a defense against predators, which blurs the outline of the animal and confuses distance, making the zebra harder to hunt during dawn and dusk. And, although in a group all zebras may look the same, each pattern is as individual as a fingerprint or a snowflake.

The zebra pattern has been lifted from the animal and used in fashion and design in clothing, furniture, and numerous other products. Here at Executive Essentials, we have several products that carry the distinctive zebra stripes including a few zebra print pens.

Cross Sauvage Fountain Pen Onyx Zebra

In the world of accessories for women, the Cross Sauvage Zebra Fountain Pen stands high above the rest. Cross specifically engineered this one of a kind pen to suit a woman’s hand for writing by adjusting the balance and shape. The Sauvage features a curvy outline of silver and onyx that echoes the feminine form. The deep engraving of this pen mimics that of an exotic zebra print. This pen is hand-polished and is covered in a jewel-toned lacquer. It is tipped with an 18-karat nib.

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JanSport Black and White Cosmo Zebra Elefunk Messenger Bag

Image result for JanSport Black and White Cosmo Zebra Elefunk Messenger BagIt’s been years since messenger bags replaced the standard backpack as the de facto carrying accouterment for urban dwelling individuals and the designs and styles just continue to expand and evolve. Case in point is Jansport’s Elefunk in zebra print. This is a great messenger bag for books, school supplies, or even hauling groceries from the Good Food Store. It comes complete with an adjustable shoulder strap with a removable pad, one large main compartment, an organizer that keeps essentials handy, dual side pockets with one for a cell phone and a fully padded back panel for cushioning comfort. Did I mention it has a zebra print? Classic!

Retro 51 Exotic Animal Prints Rollerball Pen Zebra

Retro 51 Pens goes 1980’s with this great Zebra print pen from their Exotic Animal Prints series. I am a huge fan of Retro 51. They know how to have serious fun when it comes to writing pens. Not to mention that many of their pens are extremely affordable for the quality you get in both the ink and the barrel. So slide in the Tears for Fears cassette, raise your bangs, cuff your pants and get your 1980’s on with this ultra fun pen.


Ogon Aluminum Credit Card Wallet Zebra

Image result for Ogon Aluminum Credit Card Wallet ZebraI don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that nothing goes together better than an aluminum credit card holder and zebra print. The Ogon Credit Card Holder is a unique carrying case that allows men and women to carry the essentials in a pocket size case. Easy to find in a purse, it also fits perfectly in a jean pocket. The open fan-shaped compartments are functional in design and allow easy access to each card. The wallet features seven expandable pockets made of resistant PVC to fit up to 12 cards. The aluminum is made of water-resistant material and it has a simple button that makes opening and closing easy.

Fashions, fabrics, and styles come and go like the tides. But some designs and patterns are timeless. Make sure to check out these and other great zebra print products from Executive Essentials. You won’t be disappointed.

Back To School: Messenger Bags and Backpacks

Even though it’s only early August, it’s time to start thinking about that special time of year that parents love and kids tend to forget about – back to school. There are still plenty of opportunities to swim, camp, travel, and vacation, but you don’t want to get caught at the end of August with all your back to school shopping to do and all the great sales behind you. Planning ahead can mean the difference between getting the school supplies you want rather the school supplies that are left over. More importantly though, getting an early drop on your back to school shopping means having the time to browse all the new bags, pens, notebooks and other school essentials that you will need in the coming year.

Here at Executive Essentials, we have a wide array of items that every back to school student – from grade school to college — could use. In particular, the Executive Essentials online catalog has a plethora of backpacks and messenger bags, including brands like The North Face, JanSport, Ed Hardy and Timbuk2, just to name a few. These are bags that are sure to inspire the creative side in anyone while exceeding the requirements for function and comfort. Take a look at my top 5 picks for backpacks and messenger bags that will make any student look forward to that first day of school.

Timbuk2 D-lux Messenger Race Stripe in Red and Cement

Image result for Timbuk2 D-lux Messenger Race Stripe in Red and CementIt’s hard to say enough good things about the Timbuk2 messenger bags. My wife purchased me one when my son was born to use as a ‘cool’ diaper bag. I immediately fell in love and long after the diapers disappeared I still strap it on daily and head off on down the road. In recent years I’ve used this bag for just about anything, including carrying live fish, which is possible because of the rubber-ish interior that holds water well – or keeps it out.

The exterior of these bags is made out of ballistic rubber an extremely durable substance. There are a ton of different sized pockets that accommodate everything from pens and pencils to bicycle helmets. The straps are ultra comfortable and adjustable, so no matter what your body size you can keep the bag tucked to you firmly regardless of how over stuffed you have it with groceries. Perhaps the best aspect of these bags are the colorful and unique designs that they all come it. Truly a unique and wonderful bag that does it all. And right now they are on sale at Executive Essentials.

JanSport SuperBreak Backpack Blinded Blue Block Check

Image result for JanSport SuperBreak Backpack Blinded Blue Block CheckJanSport is a company that has been sending kids to school for decades. It makes sense then that they understand how to make a reliable, comfortable backpack that can make it through a school year and still have use left over for the summer. JanSport backpacks have a great design that screams function. The backpack itself is wide, with a squared bottom to more easily accommodate books. The inside is uncluttered and cavernous, perfect for younger students who often loose items in more complexly designed backpacks. The outside pocket is great for carrying pens and pencils and the padded back-rest gives enough comfort to walk to and from school. And they have many patterns and styles to choose from.

David King Leather Jumbo Backpack

Image result for David King Leather Jumbo BackpackFor those older students with a taste for leather, you should take a look at David King Leather Backpacks. These leather backpacks have a great stylistic flair, reminiscent of the Indiana Jones era. These vacuous bags have an astonishing 962 cubic inches of storage capacity, wrapped up into 5 simple compartments for neat organization. The handy oversized flap keeps unwanted weather elements away from what needs to be kept safe. This bag has everything you need for your daily routine. And it comes in 4 great colors to match any mood and taste.

The North Face Borealis Computer Backpack

Borealis Backpack TNF Black;If your college bound these days your biggest expense is no longer books – it’s your laptop. And in order to keep that laptop safe from the world, you need a well functioning laptop bag that can also double as a backpack for everything else you need to learn. Even though The North Face is well known for their outdoor gear, their more urban equipment holds up just as well to coffee stains and road rash as it does to bear encounters and mountain climbing. This spacious, but light pack has a padded laptop compartment and a secondary compartment to carry additional supplies. The backrest is a breathable mesh to keep you cool on those daily commutes. It also has dual water bottle compartments, a sturdy top handle, and reflectors for when you have to stay late at the library.

Briggs & Riley Verb Go Messenger Bag Moss

Image result for Briggs & Riley Verb Go Messenger Bag MossI’ll admit, I’m a bit hesitant to even mention other messenger bags when Timbuk2 has all the bases covered. But, after checking out this moss colored Briggs and Riley bag, I have to say there might be room for more than just one messenger bag in the Executive Essentials catalog. Besides having a more elegant, less young-urban look, the Briggs and Riley messenger has a considerable number of features and pockets allowing it to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs. It’s water repellent and scratch resistant, has a buckle clip and magnet front flap closure, an adjustable shoulder strap that can convert to cross body and it fits laptops up to 15 inches. At 2.7 pounds empty this bag is light and just waiting to be filled.

So that’s a quick look at just a small fraction of the backpacks and messenger bags you can find at Executive Essentials. So don’t delay. Back to school will be here before you know it and be prepared for it, is the first step in succeeding.

Back In School Supplies

Well, it finally happened. After spending all of August ignoring the commercials and radio spots, after failing to read the color inserts of the Wednesday and Sunday paper, after brushing off the conversations that all your friends and family were trying to have with you, it happened. School started! Now you’re at your desk, dreaming of your bed and your favorite television shows or envisioning yourself on an early morning walk in the woods with a great cup of coffee and a friend, while the professor drones on about Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. August is over, it’s September. Welcome back.

Because you weren’t paying attention you more than likely rushed out to the store the night before school started and dug through the near empty bins, picking over what was left of the supplies you so desperately needed. Now you have a drab brown knapsack, filled with 4 ring binders, wide ruled loose leaf, #3 pencils, green ink pens and a trapper keeper with a picture of a puppy hugging a kitten. It’s cute, but it’s not how you wanted to start the year. But, don’t worry. Just because you let the first day of school pass you by, doesn’t mean you can’t still get the stuff you need and Executive Essentials is here to help.


The North Face Happy Camper Backpack


The good folks at Executive Essentials put together a whole online section dedicated to the back-to-school crowd and even though it’s been picked over, there is still a ton of great stuff left to get you back in the swing of things. So cast off that 4 ring binder and that drab brown knapsack and get some school supplies that make you excited to learn.

Student Backpacks

The backpack is the single most important piece of equipment for your school day. Don’t just settle for a bag – get a pack. Get something that speaks to your personality, like a pack from North Face that can handle being stuffed to the gills with textbooks and still rock the trails on the weekend. Or something more eloquent and functional like a leather backpack from Passage 2 that can tote your books and still meet up at the mall for some exhibition shopping. We have it all.

Student Messenger Bags


Tucano Neoprene Laptop Sleeve


If you think backpacks are so 2011 then slip on a messenger bags. For too long these one-strapped bags were restricted to use by those who rode fixed gear bikes. But, no longer. Now anyone is allowed to tow their homework around in a single strapped messenger bag. Plenty to choose from so don’t hesitate to browse the selection.

Laptop Cases

No one ever thinks they are going to need a laptop sleeve until their table mate accidentally pushes their brand new MacBook onto the floor. Or worse, spills their $3.50 latte all over. Laptop and iPad cases save friendships not to mention your bank account. Invest a little in a good laptop sleeve and someday you will be able to tell yourself, “I told me so!”


Lamy Special Edition Rollerball Pen


Rollerball Pens

A good rollerball pen will give you something to write about. At Executive Essentials, there are plenty to choose from. The good thing is that most are priced to sell. Reasonable prices on high-quality pens are hard to find but that’s all we have here. Take a look at Lamy’s selection of special and limited edition pens where you’re sure to find a good looking pen for under $30 that will give you a school years worth of writing and no hassle.


Ballpoint Pens

Rollerballs, not your thing? Then go ahead and get yourself a trusted ballpoint pen. But, don’t go buy a box of plastic and ink for $5. Instead, spend under $25 and get yourself a pen that can take you places. The Snapper Tornado in Safety Yellow from Retro 51 is just one of many ballpoints in the EE catalog.

So go ahead and hunt up some back-to-school savings on supplies you need, but forgot to purchase. We’ll get you all set to go.

Backpacks… Not just for school anymore

Business backpack guide

With Father’s Day fast approaching, now is the time to start shopping for a great gift. One trend that has really taken off the past few years is the business backpack. They offer the necessary features of most traditional cases yet free up your hands for the daily commute. Here are a few tips to pick out the right backpack for you or as a gift.

First, you will have to decide which material you want for your backpack. Nicer BRB-KP375C-BLKbackpacks tend to use either leather or nylon. Leather backpacks offer a classic look that many prefer and can be monogrammed. However, they are a bit heavier and do take on a worn look over time (or character as we like to think of it). Nylon has become very popular and is the longest lasting. The weight of nylon backpacks can vary based on the quality of the nylon and the features of the bag. The least expensive and usually the lightest material is polyester. They do tend to wear quicker than the other backpacks so they might not be great for daily use but are ideal for the occasional backpacker.

BRB-KP375C-BLK_1Once you have picked a material the next question is size. Many companies have made their backpacks smaller due to customer demand, but larger ones still are available from some companies. Your size needs will depend on what you plan to carry with you. First, consider the size of your laptop. If you have a larger (16”+) laptop make sure that you purchase a backpack that can handle that size. Next, will you be carrying a lot of files or bulky items (such as an extra pair of shoes)? If you make sure that there is a large pocket to place such items in. If you have a smaller laptop and you don’t carry much with you a smaller backpack should be perfect for you.

Last major decision to make is the design of the backpack. What truly differentiates a TP-405160601_5business backpack from other backpacks is the pocketing. Most business backpacks have smaller front pockets that have compartments for items such as business cards, phones, tablets, keys, and passports. Also, many of them have a strap in the back for putting over a luggage handle. Other popular features are pockets for a water bottle and an umbrella.

If you are still unsure of what size you need or if this backpack is going to gift a good guide is to measure the briefcase being used now. That will be a good place to start then if you feel like it’s too much or not enough room go from there. Also, when you pick one, try it around the store or house and see how it feels on you. Slight differences in padding can make one feel better than another. After all, a quality backpack will be yours for many years so it should feel just right.