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!

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!

Montblanc Wallet: Anatomy of Perfection

Above you will find the exact description that Executive Essentials uses for Montblanc Leather Wallets. I’ve seen this description countless times from Montblanc themselves. This makes sense since it accurately describes the product. However, I realized that even though I had read the description dozens of times, I’d never really taken the time to understand what it all meant. Since I wasn’t a leather worker none of the descriptions really made sense to me – although it all sounded very nice. Well, today did some research to see what all these descriptions meant. And here is what I found out.

Southern German Fullgrain Calfskin

Image result for montblanc walletsIt’s obvious that Southern German refers to the country and the region of that country that Montblanc chooses to procure their hides from. The best I can tell from the internet is that Germany has a strong history in leather goods – as evidenced by the German Leather Museum in Offenbach, Hesse. In general, South German seems a popular place for leather. So Montblanc is choosing a widely accepted source of leather.

The Full-grain aspect of the leather means the hide has not had the top-grain removed. The top-grain is the layer that has the fur and skin. Full-grain leather has not been treated in any way that would damage the grain. This gives the leather strength and durability, allows it to breathe and causes it to develop a nice patina with wear. The skin of a calf is used instead of a cow because calves have a softer and tighter grain than their elders.

Mixed Chrome Vegetable Tanning

Before a hide can be used to make leather products it must be treated in order to make it softer, pliable and easier to work with. The process is called tanning and there are a number of different ways to get this job done. It seems Montblanc has chosen a mixture of vegetable tanning and chrome tanning. Vegetable tanning involves the use of tannin, which comes from vegetables and other organic substances. The process is obviously very non-toxic and provides many benefits for the worker. However, the results of the tanned leather do not hold up well to water and extreme heat, which will make the leather lose its color and eventually become brittle.

Chrome-tanned leather, which first appeared in the mid-1800’s uses chromium sulfate — a type of salt –to treat the hide so that it can be worked into leather products. Leather treated with chromium sulfate is softer and doesn’t’ lose its shape when it comes in contact with water and heat like vegetable-tanned leather. Unlike vegetable tanning, chromium sulfate is a hazardous material. This may explain why Montblanc chooses to mix the two – in order to get the best of both worlds, without the worst of either.


Westside Leather Wallet 8cc Black;
Montblanc Leather Wallet

Semi-Aniline Dyed


Much like the skin of any other creature on this great planet of ours, the skin of a calf or a cow is marked and potted with imperfections and blemishes. A nice patina from wear and use will often time cover up these blemishes, but what really does the trick is dying. In fact, the original purpose of dying leather was to hide imperfections.  Aniline dying is just one of several substances used to not only provide a deep rich color to the leather but to enhance the pliability of the hide. Semi-aniline dyed means that aniline and other chemicals were used to enrich the look and feel of the leather. Another technique is to use only aniline dye.

Jacquard Lining

In the beginning of the 1800’s, Joseph Jacquard created a textile with an intricately woven pattern. He accomplished this by inventing one of the earliest programmable looms. Although the fabric that he created was eventually named after him, it comes in many different styles including Damask and Brocade. In Jacquard’s time, this style of fabric was expensive and much sought after. In modern times Jacquard lining is much more commonplace. However, the look and feel of the jacquard lining is a great touch.

Black & White Resin Star Logo with Palladium-Plated Ring

The black and white resin star logo simply refers to the world famous Montblanc emblem that tops the caps of all pens in their line. The Palladium-plated ring is a part of that logo. Montblanc is known for using a number of different precious metals in their pens. Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal discovered in 1803. Today it is used in the production of catalytic converters and electronic equipment. It’s also used by Montblanc to provide a nice finishing touch to their leather goods.

I hope that was useful in some way to give you a better understanding of what goes into making a finely crafted Montblanc Wallet. Go ahead and take some time to see the great selection of wallets we have here at Executive Essentials.

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.

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.


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.

Executive Essentials Launches New Website – April 2015

Executive Essentials is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website, We specialize in fine writing instruments that run the gamut from cool and funky Retro 51 rollerball pens to unique, luxury Limited Edition pens from MontblancLamyDelta, and Montegrappa. We also pride ourselves on being a refill destination, offering a wide variety of pen and agenda refills. Pen refills include ballpoint and rollerball refills as well as convertersbottled ink and cartridges for fountain pens. Additionally, many of our products can be personalized. Pens can be engraved while wallets and leather goods have a monogram option. This allows you to create a unique item for yourself or a thoughtful gift.

The new design was specifically created to provide a better browsing experience for the consumer. The brighter colors and fresh layout make it easier than ever to search and navigate the site. Every page highlights important brands and categories such as ballpoint pens or briefcases, and offers an expansive drop down menu. Filtering options on brand and category pages help narrow down your search for the perfect pentech accessory or umbrella. A search bar is also located at the top of every page.

The layout of the item pages is neat and organized, maintaining our high standards and attention to detail. You can easily view the details of any item by simply hovering over the image to zoom. Extensive product descriptions depict details and functions of every item, and customer reviews and ratings are found on each product page. To help narrow down a lengthy pen ink refill search, we list every pen with its available refill complete with images and color options.

Possibly the most valuable of the upgrades is the responsive web design. This technology allows the site to scale its pages to properly fit the viewing device. Customers can now easily browse and navigate Executive Essentials on their mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones. The responsive design ensures a practical and pleasant viewing experience.

Executive Essentials was established in 1990 with a retail store in Schaumburg, Illinois, and an online business followed in 1999. We are proud to offer an extensive selection of fine writing instrumentsdesk accessorieswalletslaptop cases and agendas. With a desire to offer the best customer service and products available, business professionals and pen enthusiasts will find name brand items available at competitive prices. We are proud to be an authorized dealer of many quality pen brands such as CrossWaterman, Parker and Montblanc.

The launch of our new site provides the customer with an unparalleled assortment of interesting, unique and specially selected products. Our family owned and operated business is proud of the redesigned, customer friendly site that fits our values of offering optimal selection, quality, value and superior customer service.