Pad and Quill Blog on Leather Bags, Apple Watch, iPhone and technology.

  • Granny Panties

    Some friends of mine and I were recently discussing our adventures with surfing, focusing primarily on the times when, having been rolled by a wave, we exited the surf with significantly less clothing on then when we entered. Being as we were all wearing bikinis at the time, there isn't much modesty remaining when a significant amount of your clothing is shredding down the beach with the returning tide. We all agreed that about the only antidote to death by embarrassment (bar ass just shouldn’t be the formative part of that word) was to observe someone else in the same predicament. Never underestimate the value of a sympathetic soul.

    I have recently grown a very sympathetic soul for grannie panties. Not because I have aged up to that category of lingerie, but rather because a few of our customers have been blighted by this affliction of their iPhone case. At least that is what they have taken to calling the over stretching of the elastic band on their Little Pocket Book, Luxury Pocket Book, or any of the many products we sell that enclose by this method.

    At Pad & Quill, we strive to source materials that are durable, functional and beautiful. However, just as those silky sundries the senior gals don in the locker room at my local gym tend to fail under consistent duress, so too will some elastic bands begin to show age and wear.

    Which is why we offer the PQ public a repair service. Dawn the Queen of Fulfillment deftly replaces cracked wood, destickified adhesive tape and most importantly granny panty elastic bands. Our crack customer service staff, who recently revealed to us the secret handshake that allows you to send a “mooning” emoticon via Skype, will be happy to inform you the procedure for initiating a repair or advise you if replacement parts can be mailed to you gratis.

    While iPhone 6s and 6S Plus are about to be unveiled to the public, there are still those who will remain faithful to their 4’s and 5’s, for you frugalians, this post is for you.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Force Touch or Free Touch

    Mr. PQ wants me to write my assessment of the pending iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. I imagine this has more to do with the fact that I keep referring to the new “free touch” feature and that he has been away on business for a week; Mrs. PQ talking free touch is sounding pretty sexy right about now. While dreams of “free touch” have floated through Mr. PQ’s head, I’ve occupied my evenings reading up on MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, The Loop, CNET, Wired etc to broker an understanding of what all the hub bub is about.

    Last night I learned that there is no such thing “free touch” in Apple iPhone parlance; rather the term is “force touch" which frankly doesn’t sound appealing at all. Especially as I just took the 18 year old to AT&T to swap out yet another iPhone that she has “force touched” through 3 replacement glass screens, a home button and ultimately an entire 5c encasement. I frankly don’t think the words “force” and “touch” should be used in tandem any where near a child who mountain bikes and rock climbs, generally with her iPhone in her back pocket.

    I do like the rumor that the 6s series may be constructed from the same aluminum as that used in Apple Watch. Yes, the phone will be stronger, but better still, we will get to hear Jony Ive say al-lu-minium repeatedly…simply dreamy.

    I’m certain there are any number of intelligent things I could say about the S upgrade, but I will leave that to those far more adept. In the mean time, my thoughts will linger on the new, magnificently crafted Pad & Quill women’s leather Apple Watch bands Mr. PQ is returning with, picking up a bottle of wine and some quality free touch time when Mr. PQ returns later this evening.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Today my name is Jezebel

    Whenever Siri sasses me, as she is frequently wont to do, my rejoinder is inevitably that of Linus, as spoken to his femme fatale, in A Charlie Brown Christmas, “Jezebel was the evil wife of king Ahab in the Old Testament. In II Kings, it says that her servants threw her out the window and she landed on her head.”

    Just as Linus’ new love interest was intent on keeping him guessing, so Siri Apple Watch changes identities faster then Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.  (Loved this character!)  Last week, Siri and her Activity Watch app went all in as psychotic personal trainer.  Mr. PQ and I took some much-needed time away, reviving ourselves in the brilliant, blue-sky town of Breckenridge, CO.  While Apple Watch granted me 9 minutes of heart pounding exercise for 2 hours of bear climbing up a bowl with a 40 percent grade, Mr. PQ was gifted 40 minutes just for ambling down the street to the local coffee shop.  12 minutes for a 3-hour rigorous ascent of Baldy Mountain, while Mr. PQ received 10 minutes for commuting up the jeep trail.  She keeps this up and she will not be getting an upgrade to her wardrobe compliments of our new Pad & Quill Apple Watch Bands.

    Who will be getting an upgrade is my new Pad & Quill Backpack.  We humped our haversacks over miles of rock and trail, ascending to the highest chairlift in North America, and they performed sublimely.  My PQ backpack is now to be named my Favorite Daypack for Adventures.  While I generally carry a Camelbak trail running pack, I was very happy with how my Pad & Quill pack performed in rucking my hydration and nutrition in addition to extra layers and sundries up and down the mountain trails.  While not suitable for a multi day trail excursion (we are working on accessories to enhance that ability) I was pleased with the overall balance and adjustability of this pack.  Unlike its nylon/synthetic counterpart, this leather and wax canvas creation will not be worn out by years of rugged use, weather, and the occasional tumble down a cliff.  A good backpack is an investment, and my field research tells me this one is worth every dime.

    Siri on the other hand…..

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • The Classic Apple Watch Bands by Pad & Quill

    Mr. PQ has always been quite the fashion guru, his wardrobe giving render to the colorful spectrum of his personality.  So, when Apple announced the release of Apple Watch he knew he must have one and he knew it needed to be accessorized with an ample array of Apple watch bands.  Not unlike the Swatch Watch phenomenon of the ‘80’s, Mr. PQ would like nothing better then to sport 5 or 6 Apple Watches on his wrist, each with a unique band, although his simple sophistication mandates he wear only one watch at a time.

    Problematically, once he acquired the gorgeous Milanese Loop and the Stainless Steel Link band (claiming business expense...), in addition to the black Sport Band that accompanied his original purchase, he felt he had run into a dead end.  Being all about full grain leather and artisan design, sadly, the Apple leather band offerings did not rise to his level of discriminating taste.  Thankfully, his hopes and dreams were not to be dashed upon the rubbage pile of knock offs and inferior craftsmanship, because we know artisans trained in the art of Italian Leather craft. So we turned to Victorio, a 4th generation Italian leather tannery artisan who uses  legendary soft-tumbled method to transform full grain American Steer hides into a luxury leather watch band that will hug your wrist with pliable comfort, while being as rugged and durable as your active life demands.

    thumbnail 7 Apple Watch Band in British Tan with polished black hardware
    Thumbnail 1 42mm Apple Watch Band in Chocolate Brown leather
    38mm Apple Watch band in Whiskey leather 38mm Apple Watch band in Whiskey leather

    The mark of a fine leather watch band is that in short time you no longer notice its existence.  No pinching, no rubbing, the Pad & Quill leather Apple Watch bands will love your wrist as much as you love your watch.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

     

  • Sharknado 3 and a Macbook Case

    Mr. PQ has tasked me with promoting our new Luxury Leather Valet and our Cartella Linen bookbindery MacBook case for the ultra sleek Macbook 12 with retina screen. However two problems exist. First, the keyboard on the Macbook has a quirky new keyboard that for all the world sounds like the the tapping of the aliens in the movie Signs. If you don’t think that is distracting then you really ought to revisit that cache of terror and suspense. From what I understand, Apple did this on purpose so folks can hear themselves typing, I just fashioned ear muffs to my tinfoil hat so I’m all good. The other dilemma being that tonight is the global premiere of 'Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No!'. Yes, I too want to be inducted into the “Royal Order of the Golden Chainsaw.” The youngest Quill and I are closet fans of the franchise and pretty much fall off the couch laughing while watching.

    Well, our artisans weren’t tasked with building a 60 mile tower of flames that can burn hotter then the surface of the sun to stop the shark apocalypse, but they were asked to design a luxurious full grain leather valet sleeve that could survive a daily commute on the NYC subway system. Our Cartella Linen moleskin journal style Macbook case has never withstood an alien assault, it has stood up to drops, cycle crashes and a dog named Bear who can’t help but chew anything I’ve touched. So whether you are looking for a rugged, archival quality bookbindery case or a sleek, luxurious leather Valet, Pad & Quill has you covered. Regarding protection from sharks attacking from outer space...well...good luck.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

     

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