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  • The wait is worth it.

    There are days when writing a blog post are easy, and then there are days you wake up wanting to spend the day in baggy sweats listening to John Denver on Spotify and crying because all your children are leaving home and Mr. PQ told you last night’s roast was a little dry.  You’d be dry too if you’d spent two days cooking in a crockpot.  Whoever is squelching the patent on the cure for PMS should really spend eternity in Dante’s fourth ring of hell.  Seriously, if we can engineer a smart phone that slides the screen content up and down with a subtle tap on the home button, (Yea iPhone 6, my fun size fingers thank you!) I’d think we could come up with a countermeasure aimed at reducing the monthly pseudo psychosis and histrionics of half the world’s population.

    I’m not holding my breath, because while the aforementioned iPhone doesn’t bend, it does consistently send out random voice texts to people on my contact list.  Mr. PQ would suggest this might be due to the fact that I’ve stuffed 17 credit cards and ID’s into my Luxury Pocketbook, so it bulges like an African hippopotamus, and I seemingly forget to reengage the auto-lock after streaming a favorite radio program, so my iPhone is always “on”, ready to text. I disagree, and today, since I am working from the home office, wearing baggy sweats and listening to John Denver music, Mr. PQ knows I am right.

    I don’t mean to incite fits of jealousy in all of you awaiting delivery of your new Bella Fino, Luxury Pocket Book or Little Pocket Book (which is a serious misnomer, there is nothing little about iPhone 6 plus) but as a product tester, I am now on my third PQ iPhone 6 case.    Let me assure you, I’ve stuffed them, dropped them,sat on them and shoved them into the strap of my sports bra while I worked out; these beautiful works of  art are impervious to the rigors of an active life.  Our craftsmen and women are working tenaciously; so let the two-week countdown begin!

    Kari

  • A Wallet Free Life

    The Superior Hiking Trail is about 300 miles of glorious north woods trail, which meanders from hamlet to hamlet, campsite to campsite.  The College Quill and I have plans to complete a thru hike next summer.  (For the uninitiated and Mr. PQ a thru hike traverses the entire trail in one outing).  Due to my rigorous effort alongside 18 of my new best friends, we will need to hike 2 extra miles next summer.  I spent the glorious bulk of last Saturday wielding a McCleod spade and exposing 2 foot wide stretches of path.  As we labored, a fellow trailblazer and I conversed about various hikes and the ideal gear for locations and seasons. Humorously, we had both experienced hikes we approached looking for the world like REI models, only to encounter a pair of tourists clad only in pedal pushers and sneakers.  My first summit of a 14’er taught me that a Sherpa is redundant when there is a conga line of girl scouts and grandmas making their way to the peak.  By contrast, we had also ventured into the wild and encountered folks who had no business being there and ultimately were trekked out by wilderness emergency personnel.

    If you are an iPhone 6 or Apple fan of any stripe, you know where this is going.  Apple has released a new iPhone that reduces our need for a wallet.  Apple Pay’s tap, pick and tick renders the need to carry a plethora of credit cards obsolete.  With Touch ID, iPhone 6 assures the merchant that you are who you say you are.  Minimalists of the world rejoice!  Consumers weary from a biweekly replacement of debit cards because yet another merchant you frequent has been hacked will join me in a little Apple happy dance.  (I love you Eddie Cue!)

    All I need to carry now is my license for the benefit of the TSA, liquor store clerks, night club bouncers (who seem to mistake me for a 19 year old, seriously? Did you not see the gray in Mr. PQs beard?  Do I need to show you my maze of childbearing stretch marks?) and the little old lady who swipes my card down at the local petrol station.  Speaking of, I need a credit card for her and the handful of locations that will remain in the pre Tim Cook era.

    So a wallet free life, yes. A wallet independent life, not quite. This is where our NEW iPhone 6 cases and iPhone 6 Plus cases fit in perfectly. Crafted by hand with the gorgeous baltic birch, the best American cowhides and craftsman who's fathers, fathers have worked the craft.

    Mrs PQ

    Kari

  • iPhone 6 and a birthday

    Mr. PQ begins the slide down the backside of 40 this week and he has the dubious distinction of sharing a birthday with either Labor Day (yea, party) or the first day of school (birthday, what birthday?)  This year he has a few days of buffer between the first day of school and the Great Unveiling of ’14. In case you missed the announcement announcing the announcement of the official announcement, Apple is releasing a new something they won’t say. It’s an iPhone.

     

    So, in addition to thinking about school supplies and Tandoori Chicken (birthday dinner; why do I insist on making things I have no business replicating?) I am awash in iPhone 6 anticipation.  Will it organize my wardrobe?  I was told baggy sweats are not appropriate attire for our weekly staff meeting. (Even when said staff meeting is held on a surprisingly cold and rainy day and I foolishly wore uniform shorts to meet my morning training clients, and baggy sweats were the only warm thing I had in my car and it’s cold in our warehouse.).  Will it tell me if I drank enough water?  Will iPhone 6 know I drank 4 cups of coffee to offset the all-nighter I pulled, meticulously labeling school supplies, packing vegan-organic-bpa free-gluten free-nut free-taste free meals for the Quills?  (Ok, I admit, I got sucked into season 3 of Breaking Bad and they had Cheetos and pbj for lunch).  But we come from a simpler time when school supplies were limited to 4 Pee Chee All Sport Portfolios (quick: name the 3 sports depicted on the back cover? (No googling allowed) Three #2 pencils and a handful of spiral notebooks that even space age technology couldn’t prevent from unraveling.  Today, the supply list includes a stylus, an iCloud account and a Pad & Quill iPad case (we recommend the Contega self-propping case or if you have a kid with an artistic bent, the Graduate Edition for iPad which includes a marvelously blank canvas for your budding artist to personalize.)  Pad & Quill cases can be wonderfully theft deterring as we’ve learned over the years, because for better or worse, the thug who would knock a 10 year old to the ground to steal his iPad 3 is not likely to mug said kid for his diary.

     

    But back to iPhone 6.  As an allied health professional, I am keenly interested in the biometric data that may and might one day be available from the new iPhone and iWatch.  From a small business owner standpoint, the iPhone 6 offers a wonderfully blank canvas on which to create a whole new line of covers and cases.  So, sweats notwithstanding, we are seriously excited to introduce what our craftsmen have been up to in anticipation of this amazing new technology.

     

    So, I’ve packed up my sleeping bag and thermos of coffee, ready to plop myself down on the chewing gum riddled sidewalk alongside our fellow Apple geeks, to await the Great Release.  Happy queuing everyone and Happy Birthday to Mr. PQ!

  • Sexy should not be in your resume

    We are currently hiring to fill various positions in the Pad & Quill workshops.  After reviewing a few hundred e-applications I have the following advice to offer young applicants:

    Dear Job Applicants,

    Please refrain from sending me cover emails that begin with "yo, I'd like this job", or "Hey, call me about this position" etc. Please create an email for yourself that includes your first and last name and not your social media "handle" or email such as "mr.sexypants.mpls@seriously?.com" and please, for the love of god, consult with a resume writer so that you don't include lines such as, "I was a line cook and stuff like that" under employment history.

    Regards,

    Mrs. PQ

    If your professional correspondence contains the word “sexy” in any capacity, you are probably not a candidate to purchase our new Valet Luxury Sleeve for MacBook.

    If you believe Zumbaz and your favorite 80’s concert t-shirt is perfectly acceptable attire for “casual Friday”, there’s a chance you will not fully appreciate the supple, full grain leather of the Oxford Luxury Case for iPad Air.

    If you still own and readily admit that you possess a “snakeskin” jacket, the hand-hammered copper rivets on our new Attache leather bag might be lost on you.

    If Boonehill wine is still your go to on a date night, there’s a chance you won’t be impressed by our parachute grade thread that stitches our Valet Luxury Sleeve together.

    Having blown past your 25th high school reunion, you might be impressed that our Attache, Oxford, and Valet luxury leather, executive collection will be with you at your 50th reunion; we know we are  (long live the Oxford Comma).

    Mrs. PQ

    Kari

  • The Attache Leather Bag and Oxford case for iPad Air

    Mr PQ, myself and the team have been waiting some time to reveal these two new products.  We are thrilled to announce our new full leather bag and iPad Air case. This is what we mean when we say Crafted, Pad & Quill. - Mrs.PQ(Kari)

    The Short Story

    The Attache Leather Bag:  You’ve aged to the realization that your taste buds and your liver deserve top shelf, savored in a glass. Your clothes are tailored to fit and you exude a quiet confidence when you enter a room. The Attache is the perfect companion to a busy professional who works hard and has earned an appreciation for the finer things of life.

    The Oxford:  Pulling out your iPad Air just became a new experience in tactile perfection. Whether it’s reading in the evening or getting some work done, on the desk this handmade case provides a minimalist iPad Air case approach that adds thick, smooth leather and soft suede. Prop it, hold it like a paperback, either way your going to love touching it. We won’t tell.

    The Full Tale

    The Leather: The Best.

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    When you consider our leather quality, begin by sorting a 100 hides of American grass-fed cattle. You might select 20 hides and now you are holding the best hides in the world, period. Those other 80 hides are split, chopped, pressed, stamped, dyed and shipped to some overseas 'genuine' leather factory. Our hides are shipped to San Pancho, Mexico where they are skillfully tanned, old world style, all the way through top to bottom. Next they are dyed to deep onyx black or dark chocolate brown. The depth and character of our leather would make even ole Bessie proud.

    The Craftsman: Qualified

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    When Alvaro at our factory receives the leather, it is inspected and then turned over to our craftsman where every hide is marked to designate portions for each specific piece of your bag. Forget the automated assembly line, we entrust the cutting to 3 or 4 seamstress who work by hand to prepare the panels for assembly. Your bag is then stitched together with parachute grade thread by one of our guys who have been sewing on average for 15-20 years. In San Pancho, the seamstress art is passed from father to son, generation after generation.

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    You doubt the quality? Just glance at the tag inside your bag; it’s signed by the craftsman. Quality so exquisite you might just add our expert to your Christmas letter list.

    Hardware: Unbreakable

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    About the worse thing we can think of is you, inadvertently clinging to a branch, feet dangling over the raging Colorado River, the strap from your bag forestalling your drop into the river. Second only to this, you make an epic leap through the closing doors of the subway, your bag trailing behind, grasped in hand by above mentioned strap. At either point I’m glad you didn’t settle for some inferior bag held together by cheap alloy metals that snap under stress. No, what you really want at those times is the unbreakable, ultra-durable, high copper content hardware we procure to construct and embellish your bag. Think of it this way, when you “belay on” do you want a carabiner or a paper clip?  Yep, we thought so too.

    Stitching: Strength

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    See scenario one and two above.   Now substitute parachutes thread for that spool of stuff you used to fly your bi-colored kite as a kid.  You never did find that kite, did you?  Your bag is going to hold together for life.

    Lining: Durable. 

    We went to the automotive industry to find a lining that was soft to the touch, but seriously rugged. This high strength soft cotton lining will endure.

    Pad & Quill Promise

    We back up every bag with 25 year leather warranty and a 30 day Money back Promise. Welcome to the family!

    Kari and the PQ Team

     

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