About Retro 51
George Kartsotis started Retro 1951 in 1990 in Richardson, Texas. He received his first nice pen as a gift for a job promotion and recognized the potential of the special gift. "We're a gift company." He says. "We are selling the accoutrements of life. A pen is not a pen, it's a vehicle to an end – a way of showing who you are." Although Retro specializes in fine writing instruments, they also offer leather accessories, games, lifestyle products and "other cool stuff!"
Retro 1951 custom designs and produces new products and packaging that provide both continuity and freshness year after year. From top selling pens to card cases and desk accessories, they consistently develop a wide range of products that have fueled their retail business. Retro 1951 has enjoyed working with companies like Tommy Bahama, Tumi, Boeing, and many others, designing and manufacturing products that enhance their brand identity. For instance, when developing a product for Harley-Davidson®, Retro 1951 captures the exciting feeling of roaring down a winding road with wind rushing through your hair so you can experience it, even when chained to your desk.
Always on the lookout for the latest trend or newest thing on the market, Retro merges the fashionable colors and designs of today with the vintage and quality standards of "the good ol' days." Products such as the Tornado retractable roller ball pens are being produced from materials such as titanium, stainless steel, .925 sterling, leather and cork. Every Retro piece is designed with the nostalgic, early American-dream.
Retro 1951's innovative products use the latest in design and technology to bring many years of pleasure to the end user. After all, "Life is too short to carry an ugly pen!™"