The classic that never went away, the catalog case

Everything seems to be getting smaller these days, and this includes briefcases. However, if you work in a paper-dependent profession, you might feel left behind. The good news is that catalog cases (also sometimes called sample cases) are still around and there are still many options for you to choose from.

The first choice to make is wheeled or a non-wheeled catalog case. Most cases are wheeled, but a few options for a non-wheeled still remain. The only reason to do a non-wheeled case is just personal preference, for most people the wheeled cases are better due to the NET-15011-BLKweight of the paper. The second choice is materials. The main three materials are nylon, vinyl, and leather. Nylon holds up the best over time, vinyl gives a leather look with more durability, and leather gives a rich look that can’t be beat.

Once you decide on your material the next decision is if you want an 18’’ or 20’’ and what kind of pocketing you are looking for. Most catalog cases have a front pocket to put your small items in and have a place for a laptop computer. Some even have side pockets. Also, almost all catalog cases have combination locks built in, but once in a while they don’t so make sure your case has it before you buy.

USL-BC-B151-BLKBefore you use your new catalog case make sure to pack it how you are going to use it and try wheeling it around the house. Make sure that it fits everything you need and feels comfortable to walk with. If you are using it outside in the snow make sure to give the case a wipe down every so often and oil up the wheels, because the road salt does dry things out. Taking good care of your case will allow it to have a dependable life.

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!


Montblanc Leather

Montblanc Leather is exquisite!  I am a leather snob and the quality of this leather is like none I have ever seen. Made from Southern German full grain calfskin and put through a unique mixed chrome vegetable tanning, semi-aniline dying process, these leather goods stand out above the rest!

Westside Leather Wallet 8cc Black;The Montblanc line offers a variety of leather pieces including briefcases, backpacks, wallets, portfolios, messenger bags, wheeled luggage and of course pen cases!

I love leather!  My husband often gives me a hard time about my addiction to leather…..handbags,  furniture, coats, seats in my car, wallets, …whenever I have an excuse to buy leather, I do!!!

Leather Blank Journal Sketch Book;Did you know leather has a longer life on average, is stronger, more fire resistant, retains its shape, and breathes better than many other fabrics on the market! It’s classic look has stood the test of time and it continues to be conceived as a high-end, quality product that even the fashion industry has grown to love!

Montblanc leather products have a unique deep shine and a beautiful Jacquard lining. The quality craftsmanship and finishing materials used, contribute to the unsurpassed quality and the reputation Montblanc holds as a luxury goods manufacturer!

Take one look at these bags…..their distinction is evident!

Top Ten Corporate Gifts Under $100

Century II Ballpoint Pen Medalist;The 2010 holiday season will soon be upon us and many companies are searching for the perfect gifts to thank their hardworking employees, while still keeping an eye on the all important bottom line. Executive Essentials is the perfect place for corporate gift orders, due to their volume discounts; monogramming, screen printing, and embroidery capabilities; practice of providing samples upon request; and wide selection of quality products for business personnel, with pricing to fit a 2010 budget.

Top companies that have already chosen Executive Essentials for their corporate gift giving include McDonalds, Phillip Morris, United Airlines, Motorola, Proctor & Gamble and more.

Top Ten Corporate Gifts under $100 include:

  1. Bosca Nappa Leather Letter Pad Black
  2. Cross Century II Ballpoint Pen Medalist
  3. Tumi Meridian Slim Card Case Black
  4. Bey Berk Small Globe On BaseColombian Leather Single Compartment 13” Slim Laptop Portfolio - Black;
  5. Parker Sonnet Rollerball Pen Stainless Steel GT
  6. Movado Crystal Sphere Clock
  7. Kenneth Cole Briefcases – Leather What’s The Bag Idea Computer Messenger Bag
  8. Bey Berk Bull Pen Holder
  9. Andrew Philips Leather To-do Flip Pad Black
  10. Johnston & Murphy Dividends Collection Passport Holder

Remember personalizing with monogramming and engraving can make all the difference! Contact Executive Essentials today!

2010 Holiday Sales Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, check out the great deals and unbelievable pricing at Executive Essentials this holiday season: sales, sales and more sales; coupons; clearance items; free monogramming; and many free gifts with purchase!!

Hundreds of gifts at unbeatable prices including:

Fine Pens! Laptop Totes and Briefcases! Leather Duffels! Agendas, Writing Pads, Wallets, Desk Accessories and more…..all on sale at Executive Essentials! Executive Essentials the holiday gift center for all your favorite professionals.

Happy Holidays from Executive Essentials!

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women and Men

13" Laptop Bellagio Sleeve - Red;
Bellagio Laptop Sleeve

Ah…..falling in love, there is no feeling like it! Racing heart, sweaty palms, the sensation that you are just going to burst at the seams with excitement.  You cannot get enough of him or her, all day, every day. They occupy your every thought and boy does it feel great!!!

Come on you remember, don’t you?  It has not been that long since you’ve experienced the high?…..Even if you are deeply committed and truly love the one you’re with; whether you have been together one year or fifty, it is time to recapture that giddy feeling, reignite that flame and fall in love all over, with that special person in your life!

Audrey Leather Vicky Convertible Crossbody Clutch - Red;
Lodis Leather Crossbody Clutch

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and what better time to start the ball rolling! Come on life is too short, let’s give it all we got!!!  You cynics out there who say Valentine Day is a Hallmark holiday, so what, who cares; why not take advantage of it anyways, take the opportunity to get back that gosh darn fantastic feeling when you first fell in love!Below are some great Valentine gifts she will just love and they won’t be gone in a week: the Andrew Philips Leather Heart Shaped Paperweights; luxurious red and pink pens from Faber-CastellWaterfordAuroraCrossWaterman & more; exquisite red and pink leather wallets, agendas, totes and briefcases from LodisKnomo, McKlein and Clark & Mayfield;  or even a fun red or pink umbrella from Shed Rain and Knirps Umbrellas.

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Aurora Ipsilon Ballpoint Pen

For that special guy in your life this Valentine’s Day:  Piel Leather Golf Accessories;  Bey Berk Bull & Bear Bookends;  Clava Leather Wine Carriers; extraordinary fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pens from MontblancNamiki, Cross or Waterman; or top quality leather briefcasesmessenger bags, wallets, portfolios and more.

Falling in love….ooooh what a feeling! Happy Valentine’s Day from Executive Essentials!

Our Own Blue Light Specials

When I was a kid growing up in the heart of Wisconsin, the one thing  I dreaded more than anything was going shopping with my mother. It didn’t matter what kind of shopping it was either; grocery, clothes, Christmas, odds and ends or just browsing — I hated it all. And not because my mother wasn’t pleasant to be around, because she was lots of fun. But, she liked to take her time in stores and I was impatient and easily bored. I mean, how long can any child play, ‘don’t touch the lava’ by themselves before they start to feel their very lives dripping away one minute at a time. I know this is universal too, because I see my kids now going through the same process of gloom whenever I mention we have a few things to pick up at the store. First you get a sigh, then you get reluctant obedience. At the store you get a few minutes of ‘don’t touch the boiling acid’ (a more modern version of don’t touch the lava I can only assume), that quickly devolves into I’m bored. To which I reply, ‘So am I. Now go in aisle 3 and get a 2 pound block of chedder… And stay out of the boiling acid!’

There WAS one store that I loved; K-Mart. Let me be clear, I didn’t love K-Mart more than any other department store because it had better products or design. Because it didn’t. I didn’t love it because it had a larger toy section or better video games. Because it didn’t. It didn’t have cleaner bathrooms or nicer employees. For all intensive purposes it was the exact same store as any other store in my mind. Except for one important factor.


Blue Light Specials.

executive essentials clearanceI lived for Blue Light Specials. And when we were in that store I prayed for blue light specials. In most stores, my mother kept a short verbal leash on me at all times while shopping. It had been a policy adopted early in our shopping relationship. I was to stay within the same aisle as her at all times and never stray from sight. But in K-mart, the rules were different. From the moment we entered that store I would be circling her cart looking for the mobile pole with its blue light firmly affixed to the top. I would stay in a near constant state of panic, ready to hear the favored phrase, “Attention K-mart Shoppers, we have a Blue Light Special in aisle…”. When this phrase was uttered over the crackly loudspeaker my mother would calmly smile at me and say, “Go ahead.” She would utter this phrase with a sort of relief, as if HER prayers had been answered.

At her allowance I would bolt off into the store, careening through aisles like a dog on the hunt, trying to catch a glimpse or flicker of blue light off the ceiling as an indicator of proximity. Dashing and dodging in and out of shoppers I would simultaneously look left and right down long sections of goods while at the same time scanning customers body language for any signs of where that sale-giving pole and light were located. Sometimes I found it by sight or sound. Sometimes, just through pure luck. But mostly I found it because they wanted me too. Regardless, I was never disappointed.  And when I’d report back to my mother that we could get $1.50 off a 250 count pack of paper plates, she would smile and tell me we didn’t need that. And I would nod my head, catch my breath and hope we stayed long enough for the next blue light announcement. Good times.

Here at Executive Essentials, we don’t have the Blue Light Special, but we do have a clearance section that has much more to offer than $2 off a king size pack of plastic silverware. In fact, right now you can get up to 60 percent off Waterford Pens like the Kilbarry, Arcadia II and Glendalough. In the fountain pen clearance category my favorite choice is the Honeycomb Fountain Pen in Red from MacKinnon Pens and the Cross Townsend Fountain Pen in Slate. There are also limited edition pens available as well as pen sets. But, the clearance section isn’t just limited to pens.  A great deal of seasonal leather goods are on sale now including attache cases and laptop bags.


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MacKinnon Honeycomb Fountain Pen in Red


So take the time to wander over to the clearance section here at Executive Essentials and see if we have something to complete a collection you started long ago or just to find a new purse pen. You probably won’t have as much fun as I did in Wisconsin all those years ago, but your bound to find much better deals.