Sunday, November 4, 2018

Birthday Pen

For my birthday, I requested something special -- a new Montblanc pen designed by Marc Newson. Newson is the most acclaimed designer of our generation. His work is in museums around the world and he's represented by the prominent Gagosian Gallery in New York. TIME magazine named Newson one of the 100 Most Influential People.

Newson designed this pen for Montblanc where it's sold to benefit a charity named (RED) which raised $46 million for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Robin and I visited our local Montblanc boutique yesterday where they treat us like royalty. I wanted this pen for its vibrant red color. Handling the pen increases its appeal -- not only does it feel good in your hand but the cap is magnetic and moves toward the pen with pleasant gravitation. The pen feel magically sensuous.

Now I have an instrument to write you with!


  1. What a fabulous present for a milestone birthday, and you're getting to support a charity at the same time. Hope you had a great day and celebrated in style! xxx

  2. What a lovely gift to yourself. I think of you whenever I use my red pen!

  3. What a stunning pen, useful and beautifully designed. A wonderful gift to yourself and one that also gives to others. Fabulous Ally! Happy birthday!

  4. Happy birthday! What a fabulous gift to get for it. That pen sounds incredible. I love that it also benefits charity.

  5. Happy belated birthday. such a stunning pen. I think it's a fabulous gift for everyone.

    Have a nice day my dear.
    Rakhshanda <3

  6. Oh what an amazing present to mark a birthday- literally! :) Montblanc is the standard!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. This pen is beautiful and it makes a classy, beautiful and meaningful gift.

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion and beauty blog

  8. You do love your pens : P . It is very sleek and sexy.

    Robert was also addicted to high end pens as well when he was practising. Now he has moved onto sunglasses.


  9. What a fab pen!!! I have a lovely Cross pen my work colleagues gave me when I left the Royal Academy of Music 13 years ago and I really love to write with it.

    1. You hit on one important reason why some pens mean a lot to us -- how we acquired them. There's usually a story with emotion behind it. A gift when leaving; a gift from one since passed away; etc. The pen becomes an embodiment of our sentiment about the circumstances in which we received it.