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!

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!

College Graduation Gift Ideas : For Him, For Her.

If you’re looking for gift ideas for your soon to be graduated college student then let me be the first to tell you that you have come to the right place. Over the last few weeks, Executive Essentials has gathered some of our favorite pens and talked a little about the unique qualities they contain. We know from years of experience that pens make the best graduation gifts, not only for college graduates but high school graduates as well.  And we will present more pens targeted towards specific majors over the next few weeks. But today I wanted to stray a little outside the pen-box and talk about some unique graduation gifts that Executive Essentials carries.

For those who are new to the world of Executive Essentials (EE), you may not know that we are more than just pen store in Mount Prospect, Illinois. EE carries all sorts of gifts and products that make life enjoyable, easier and stylish. In fact, we have many varieties of luggage, desktop accessories, laptop and tote bags, briefcases, wallets, and purses. An entire selection of fine goods made for the fast paced world of business. With that in mind, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at some of the non-pen products that freshly graduated students might find useful and fun in their new jobs.

Graduation Gifts For Men:

Acme Blueprint Business Card Case

boym-blueprint-products-card-cases-business-card-cases-01.jpgAcme is a company that loves fun and style and they are experts at bringing this style into the business world without making it goofy and childlike. There are a number of great business card cases made by Acme for both men and women, but this Blueprint Business Card Case is one of my favorites. Paying homage to the profession that Frank Loyd Wright made famous, this sleek, sturdy case is perfect for that young professional in their new career.

Bey Berk Lady Justice Bookends

Image result for Bey Berk Lady Justice BookendsBey Berk is one of my new favorite companies. I hadn’t heard of Bey Berk before coming to work at EE, but the more products from them I see, the more I understand how committed they are to quality and design. I was first introduced to them through their great pen boxes and cases. These amazing Lady Justice Bookends and just the thing to hold that newly minted lawyer’s law library in place. These bookends are cast in solid bronze and set upon solid marble, measuring nearly 9 inches tall.

Hartmann Horizontal Prescription Pad

We all know that having a degree to practice medicine is mandatory, but it’s not nearly as important as having completely illegible handwriting. Well, that doctor new to the world might have messing handwriting, but that doesn’t mean he needs to have an unkempt subscription pad. This Horizontal Prescription Pad from Hartmann Briefcases is just the thing to help him keep track of his daily doses. And you might consider a nice pen to go along with it.

TravelPro Executive First Checkpoint Friendly Briefcase

Image result for Travelpro Executive First Checkpoint Friendly BriefcaseOver the last handful of years that graduate in your life has been lugging around the same messenger bag from class to class. It’s got coffee stains on the bottom, a ripped lanyard with a broken clip, pretzel crumbs mashed into the pencil pockets and some sort of unidentified stain on the back — donut glaze perhaps? Sure, the strap still works, but only because they repaired it with a carabiner. All it’s filled with fond memories (and other unmentionable items) the ratty, old messenger bag just can’t accompany your graduate into the business world. Instead, they need a great briefcase like the one from Travelpro. This amazing bag is made out of ballistic nylon fabric. It has a pocket for your 17-inch laptop, water bottle and is large enough for legal papers. It has locking zippers and is sized to be checkpoint friendly at the airport. Bonus days!

Graduation Gifts For Women:

Hobo International Vintage Leather Rachel Clutch Zinnia

df48222da9b144aeb263246fc0835da0-job-wallets.jpgBeing organized in the real world takes more than persistence and determination. It takes a good system and the right tools. Not only will this amazing Hobo International Vintage Leather Clutch be a great place to keep your business cards, but its tri-fold frame design has eight credit card slots, an ID window, three bill pockets, a zip security pocket and a detachable cosmetic mirror. It’s basically a graduates best friend wrapped in cowhide and fringed with antique hardware.

Dilana Collection Leather iPad Easel Black

We can argue about this all we want –and people do — but in a handful of years, the Ipad (and the windows version of it when it comes out) will be the replacement for a laptop. The iPad, in general, can make any professionals life much easier on a day to day basis. Not only does it allow you to keep in constant contact with your clients, friends, and family, but the apps available on the Ipad range from insanely fun to hard-to-live-without-once-you’ve-used-it. Once you have something that important in your life (and expensive) you want to protect it. This Dilana Leather Ipad Easel is just the item to keep it safe and make it easier to use.

Winn Slim Ladies Briefcase Black

Slim Featherweight Laptop Briefcase;I mentioned a great briefcase for the men, so I thought I would pull one out of the catalog for the women. There are so many to choose from here at Executive Essentials that it was hard to choose. But I did finally find this Winn Slim Ladies Briefcase.  This great bag has a computer sleeve built in that is good for laptops (and Ipads) up to 15 inches. It comes with a makeup pouch in matching leather, metal feet to protect the bottom of the bag, an adjustable shoulder strap, a full-length zipper and a file folder pocket. She’ll be organized and stylish.

These are just a few of the many great graduation gift ideas available here at EE. The catalog is literally bursting with items to suit any taste and need. So take the time to look around and see if anything fits the character and needs of your soon-to-be-graduate.

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts

Hunting on the internet for a unique Mother’s Day gift is the last minute pastime for a lot of folks right now. Spinning around the internet in search of good deals for that one item that is fun and heartfelt. It’s a tough combination to find and it takes a great deal of thought to know what gift is perfect for your mom, but here at Executive Essentials, we have been trying to help out these last few weeks, by outlining some of the great pens and deals we have in the EE Catalog. And there are a bunch, just take a look at our post on Montblanc Mother’s Day Gift Pens and our general Mother’s Day Gift Pens posts.

But, now that we are in the final stretch before the big weekend, we thought we would talk about some of the other great gifts that we have here at Executive Essentials. Just a few basic necessities that every mother needs in their day to day life regardless of their occupation or disposition. With that in mind, here are 5 perfect gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Bags

 

Mayfair Grosvenor Place Nylon 15" Expandable Zip Tote - Black;
Knomo Tote

Did someone say bags? I don’t know about the Mom you’re shopping for, but my mom loves bags. She has bags for different moods, different occasions and even has certain bags she uses for certain people that she chums around with.  She even has bags that she keeps her bags in! It’s a bag obsession and I don’t think she’s alone in this. This seems to be a running trait in many moms. It makes sense too. Mom’s know that they need to be prepared for anything at any time — and they usually are. And where do they keep the items that keep them prepared? In their bags. Here at Executive Essentials, we have a plethora of unique bags that would work great as Mother’s Day gifts, so take a look and get you Mom one more bag that she’ll love!

 

Mother’s Day Wallets

 

Borrego Under Lock & Key Amanda Continental Clutch - Dark Brown;
Lodis Clutch

Ok, so your Mom isn’t big on carrying around a tote now that all the kids are out of the nest. Or maybe she likes to travel light at night as she hits the hottest restaurants in town with her friends. At Executive Essentials, we can help with that as well. We have a huge line of women’s wallets that will make heads turn. We have everything from the fun and stylish Alicia Klein to the super chic Pylones brand that minimizes the size of their wallets, without sacrificing functionality. From sophisticated to irreverent, we have a little of everything, so take a look and find the one that fits your mom perfectly.

 

Mother’s Day Wine Carriers

 

Connoisseur Wine Carrier;
Royce Connoisseur Wine Carrier

For the wine connoisseur mom in your life, these wine carriers are to die for! Now, you may be thinking that you can carry your wine in any old bag or tote to the next party, but these wine carriers go beyond just simple totes. Executive Essentials carry’s Royce and Bey-Berk leather carriers that defy the expectations. Many are for single bottles of wine, but some have enough compartments for two bottles at a time. Bring wine to a party or a picnic in one of these and people will automatically expect the wine to taste better — and it probably will. This is a unique Mother’s Day gift. And now you can Monogram it for free.

 

TSA Approved Laptop and Briefcases

 

W Series Verona Leather Checkpoint Friendly Ladies Briefcase;
McKlein USA Leather Briefcase

Is your mom a corporate headhunter, always on the go from point A to point B via plane. Then maybe what you need to do is upgrade her current laptop or briefcase. Executive Essentials has a smorgasbord of briefs to choose from and you are sure to find one that fits perfectly with the tastes and lifestyle of your mom. Be it leather or canvas, large or small, you can find just what you need in our catalog and at the right price!

 

Letter Openers

Do you live leagues away from your mother? Do you have infrequent contact with your mother, saving up your conversations for special holidays and cases of natural disaster and tragedy? You’re not alone if you do. It’s a trend that happens all too often. But, you don’t have to be just another statistic. Give your mom what she really want’s this Mother’s Day — more you! And here’s how you do it. You get your mom a letter opener from Executive Essentials and then you write her a nice letter. You put the letter opener in one box and the letter in another. On the outside of the box with the letter opener you write, “Open First”, in big letters. You can see what happens after that. Add a little snippet about how she’s going to get a lot of use out of that letter opener in the years to come so she had better keep it close. Then, make sure she does get some use out of it. It’s the gift, as they say, that keeps on giving.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. And, if you take a look at your calendar, you will notice that it is only several weeks away. That means you need to dust off the old idea box lying dormant between your ears and fire it into overdrive if you’re going to find a way to show your dad just how much you appreciate him in time for the occasion. But, don’t worry, because we here at Executive Essentials have a goldmine of ideas that we are willing to share with you over the course of the next few weeks.

 

Tribeca Collection Trifold Black;
Bosca Trifold Wallet

Now according to research done by the people that love numbers, it turns out that more phone calls are made and more gifts are given on Mother’s Day than Father’s Day. Unfortunately, the people with all the numbers don’t bother to tell us why it is this way. Do Mother’s just love gifts more? Are they easier to buy gifts for? Do we love them more? I would assume that the answer in most cases is no. Or at least not so much more than we actually buy a gift for one parent and not the other.  Regardless, let’s all get together and raise the numbers and give Mother’s Day a run for their money! (who says that?)

 

Here at Executive Essentials, we have a great line-up of gifts in all price ranges and categories to give to the special dad in your life. From briefcases to inexpensive pens, we have you covered. So make sure you check out what we have below and also come back to see what we outline in future posts leading up to the big Sunday on the 17th of June.

Father’s Day Pens

 

Johnny Cash Limited Edition Rollerball Pen Black;
Think Johnny Cash Limited Edition Rollerball Pen

I’m going to get into this in more detail in coming posts, so check back, but in general, a pen is a great gift for a dad. With so many brands, types and price ranges to choose from you won’t have a hard time finding one that is perfect for that dad in your life. We will, however, have a hard time figuring out what kinds to showcase and talk about.

 

To get you started, I’d take a look at Retro 51 for that goofy dad in your life, Montblanc for that sophisticated father who hangs out in his den all day, perhaps a nice Fisher for a father on the go, and check out Krone Pens for the dad who literally has everything. (Don’t be afraid to request a price!)

Father’s Day Briefcase

Sacks, satchels, cases, bags, duffels, briefcases. It doesn’t matter what he uses, we just know that dad has stuff to carry around. If your dad doesn’t have any baggage at this point in his life, it’s time you gave him some. And we have some of the nicest briefcases on the internet at prices that are hard to imagine.

 

Profile Collection 3" Slim Computer Brief Black;
Zero Halliburton Briefcase

Does your old man do a lot of traveling to and fro? Get him a nice TSA approved briefcase from Tumi. Is he a bit more rugged, but still likes to travel in style? How about a nice leather briefcase from Passage 2, with its Indiana Jones-esque appearance.  Is your father an international man of mystery? Well, make him feel like one with an attaché case from ZERO Halliburton. Finally, is he a jack-of –all-trades kind of guy? Then just look through the extensive collection of briefcases and decide for yourself. He’ll be happy with any of them, rest assured.

 

For other great ideas, try looking at our collection of walletsdesk accessories, and leather goods. With such a wide selection, you’re bound to find something that your father will cherish for years. Happy hunting.

Best Father’s Day Gifts

In Germany, Father’s Day, which they refer to as Vatertag, has a whole different type of style than here in the United States. Their Father’s Day celebration happens forty days after Easter on Ascension Day –which is a federal holiday and therefore a really good day to celebrate since everyone has off. But, their version of Father’s Day isn’t only about fathers, but about men –gentlemen to be specific.

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Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen

They call the day Mannertag or gentlemen’s day. It’s a day where males, teenaged or older, gather together and go on a day long hike. With them, they bring several small wagons, Bollerwagen, which they all take turns pulling. The wagons are filled with the alcoholic beverages of choice as well as some favorite foods. They then spend the day walking the trails and countryside of their area drinking and eating. As you can imagine, these days don’t end well for many of the participants. But, tradition is tradition.

If you don’t feel like adopting a German Father’s Day tradition, mostly because you know dad is going to make you pull the wagon, you can still give him a German gift this Father’s Day with a Montblanc Pen. As a manufacturer of fine writing instruments, jewelry, leather goods and watches, Montblanc has much to offer in the way of Father’s Day gifts. Here are just a few examples of what you can find at Executive Essentials.

Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen

If your dad is an art lover in either practice or appreciation, then the Montblanc Limited Edition Ludovico Sforza Fountain Pen is just the writing instrument for him. Sforza was revered as one of the most prominent patrons of the Italian Renaissance during his time as the Duke of Milan in 1494. During this period he supported many famous artists and many famous paintings. Among the most famous is Leonardo da Vinci’s, “The Last Supper” painting.

The pen that Montblanc has put together to commemorate this patron of the arts is limited to 4,810 pens. Each pen is Rhodium-plated engraved with Sforza’s coat of arms. The gleaming black lacquer is accented with silver inlays and the entire pen is modeled on the castle in which the Duke lived as evidenced by the cap top. As one package this pen is a masterpiece in craftsmanship, with subtle curves and bold lines.

 

Montblanc Albert Einstein Limited Edition Writing Instruments
Montblanc Albert Einstein – Great Characters Limited Edition Fountain Pen

If your father spends his time with his nose buried in scientific journals and can’t get all the way through the first, “Back To The Future” movie without arguing about the problems inherent in time travel, then the Montblanc Albert Einstein Fountain Pen is the perfect gift. A commemoration of the man who studied and posited theories on light, matter, gravity, space and time, this limited edition pen is both fun and functional. Montblanc Albert Einstein – Great Characters Limited Edition Fountain Pen

 

On the barrel of the pen, you will find engraved, many of Einstein’s famous formulas include E=mc2. The barrel itself is made of platinum as well are the fittings. The cap is lacquered in a deep, dark, blue meant to capture the essence of an endless universe. A true pen for a fan of science fact.

 

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Montblanc Westside Leather Wallet 8cc Black

Made of European full-grain cowhide with a Jacquard lining this wallet has 8 pockets for credit cards, 2 compartments for banknotes, and 4 additional pockets for pictures and other random items you might need to carry with you on any given day.than the Montblanc Westside Leather Wallet is perfect for this Father’s Day occasion.

 

Montblanc Westside Double Gusset Briefcase Black

Everyone dreams of having a nice leather briefcase to carry all their important materials around in. And if that briefcase just happens to have a double gusset, then all the better. Montblanc’s Westside Double Gusset Briefcase in black is made of Southern German full-grain calfskin with a Jacquard lining and Montblanc branding throughout. Ruthenium-plated metal fittings with satin finish, black & white resin star logo adorn the outside. It contains 2 main compartments, large zipped inner pocket, large back pocket, pockets for your mobile phone, 2 writing instruments, 1 medium and 6 small documents. The detachable branded shoulder strap is black and strong.

These are just some of the many great items we have at Executive Essentials, perfect for a Father’s Day gift. So take some time and look around and find a gift that will make your Dad smile on his special day.