Pad and Quill Blog on iPad Cases, iPhone Cases and Technology

  • Important things

    I popped into my “other” job at the YMCA Tuesday, only to be met by a coworker informing me that “Crazy” Patrick had died.  While his demise is sad, sadder still in my mind is that he died alone in his house only to be discovered by his sister, his body already beginning to seep into the threads of a battered easy chair.  I suppose Patrick suffered the euphemism “crazy” attached to his name because he was quite possibly the only person I know who owned a different monochromatic outfit for every day of the week.  From headband down to matching sneakers it might be a blue day or a red day for Patrick, as he’d corner you into a conversation littered with adventurous tales which, when strung together, wove a story to rival that of Forrest Gump.

     

    Waiting eagerly for iPhone 6 to release, Mr. PQ and I have traveled to the north shore to work on a new project aimed at introducing a notable piece of the north woods to our product line.  Anyone who believes American manufacturing has gone the way of the clam shell phone, only need travel the side roads and byways where you’ll discover the heart of the country in the small businesses where employees cut, stitch and rivet each product by hand.  Our new bags for your Macbook, Air and other tech gadgets are going to be phenomenal!

     

    It’s essential for us to tour our vendor’s factories, meet the people and understand each craftsman's process.  The sheer volume of this factory lead me to think that heavy mechanization was being utilized, so it was rather mesmerizing to to hear the cacophony of sewing machines, the ring of hand hammered rivets and the rasping of shears as each piece is individually cut by hand. The integrity of the entire bag is ensured by the passion of each craftsman.  Guaranteed for life.

     

    Even when life takes a precarious turn.  Nothing underscored the vibe of these past days quite like the story relayed to us as we chatted with customer service.  A bag had been returned for repair to a zipper.  The CS rep noted a small hole in the bag and called the customer to ask whether he’d like the hole repaired as well.  The hole was created by a bullet, in Iraq.  The hole stayed.

     

    Nothing like the resonant brush of death to create a little sober thinking.   Nothing is certain, so I  value the ability to influence the adjectives attached to my name, hopeful that my actions evoke trust, integrity, passion, love.  Guaranteed for life.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Baby shipping

    Sometimes I find when I’ve retold a story a number of times, I lose the writing narrative of that story and it can take change of venue or thought process for it to return.  So, while I was fully prepared to regale our customers with wonderful adventures of the oldest kid and I in the vast wilderness boundary between the United States and Canada, I’m stuck.  Mr. PQ and I are heading back up north this weekend to cheer on Grandma’s Marathon participants, so perhaps by returning to the scene of the crime, I’ll get my mojo back.

    I desperately need my mojo back, we are busy preparing for the release of iPhone 6 and I am having the damnedest time stringing my thoughts together.  Perhaps I just need the World Cup #ibelievethatwewillwinit to conclude.

    Here’s how I know I’m losing my mind:  Brian texted the other day to inform me that a major online magazine wants to feature our packaging in an article.  I had to think for awhile about why on earth someone thinks Fedex and USPS mailing envelopes are interesting.  Then it hit me, “Oh, he means the brown parcel paper and wax stamps we wrap each iPhone and iPad case in prior to shipping”.   Yes, this would be the packaging we spent a lion’s share of 2013 designing.  Good lord, how do I forget these things?

    Then I was busy adding some items into our accounting inventory, among which were the nifty little Japanese mini pens we include with every Odyssey Wallet.  A rather handy and completely gorgeous wallet to take on your travels, the pen being our subtle amuse-bouche to the full entree of detail we impart to each product design.  For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name of this wallet.  So, I dialed up Pad & Quill on my phone, hit the home page and found Odyssey, the name I was seeking.  The full context of this being, I’m the one tasked with contriving names that will amply convey the emotive feel and functionality of each bag, case or book we design.  I think I’ll blame alien abduction for this one.

    However, I did notice on our mobile site that wallets are not included in the scroll view, and that seems an oversight on our part.   If I don’t even know that wallets we carry, how do we expect the average shopper to discover them?  Proof that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut.  Even a squirrel suffering from premenopausal disorder, or alien derangement syndrome.

    That’s how I’d also explain this nifty little piece of history as well. Baby shipping. My apologies in advance if you open your mailbox to find a little baby quill wrapped in parcel paper?!

    Uniformed_Letter_Carrier_with_Child_in_Mailbag Baby shipping used to be a thing?!!

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • More then just a bumper case

    When we came up with the idea around the Traveler case for iPhone 5/5S we were inspired by my late father who carried a coin purse with him his entire life.  You can read more about that story here from this past March.

    Check out our video as well  Story of the Traveler Case.

    We love bumper case function and the more minimal approach they provide for an iPhone. What we hate is tons of plastic and injection molding.  That's everywhere.  We really wanted the Traveler case to wrap leather around an iPhone like a cool evening jacket. Like that trusty coat, the cover needed to also be practical.

    After dozens of prototypes we arrived at a case that we think fits these passions. Gorgeous full grain leather, stitching and very intricately handmade by our brothers and sisters in Leon.  We can even attest to it's drop protection. We have done multiple drops with our iPhones in the Traveler on concrete, some planned and some not so much.  The traveler did it's job well and we simply applied some boot oil to the scuffs- good as new.

    Check out our Traveler and as with all our products there is a 30 day money back promise.

    Brian

    Mr PQ

  • I'm what you might call, 'In-Doorsy'

    So Mrs PQ just took are eldest daughter and headed off into the wilderness of the Great Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. Canoes and tents are the only items allowed in this area as all motorized vehicles, boats ect. are banned. Truly a ‘leave it as you found it’ vast preserve.

    Mrs. PQ hinted to our differences in her last post and I’ll offer another one right here.  When it comes to the great outdoors, I’m what comedian Jim Gaffigan might say, ‘In-doorsy’.  Never really understood why you take all the indoor stuff and bring it outdoors under nylon material that’s about as thin as my columbia shorts.

    Anyhow she’s been gone for about 4 days and that means one thing: To the dread of the other 3 quills, I’m the official meal planner. I’m actually fairly mean with a good frypan, organic eggs, spinach and some cheddar cheese.  My achilles heal might be around dinner time though. So let’s see what we did the last 4 days.

    Sunday night -Five Guys Burgers

    Monday night - Frozen Pizzas

    Tuesday night - Spaghetti (Due to the fact the rice cooker actually blew up, another story)

    Wednesday night - Store bought rotisserie chicken and instant mashed potatoes.

    The good news is I did manage to buy lots of salad supplies and pushed it on the kiddos without too much complaint.

    Back to camping. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind camping occasionally and I really love getting out in the natural forests.  Wether that be the redwoods north of San Francisco or local parks in Minneapolis.  I visit them and then retreat to what I call ‘protected domiciles’.  Another way to put it, somewhere with AC and a soft bed.

    My appreciation for the beauty of the woods extends to the beauty of lumber. As a former painter, I loved finishing gorgeous exotic wood species. The depth of the shimmer in these finished materials always provided a spectacular opportunity to worship.  So imagine my excitement when I get to do this again for iPhones and eventually other products at Pad & Quill. This week we introduced the Timer Case for iPhone 5/5S, a beautiful choice of either Cherry or Walnut Veneer that adheres to the back and/or front of the iPhone. Laser cut and then hand rubbed with preservative oil right here in our workshop in Minneapolis. A wonderful addition to our other wood iPhone cases and something Kari and I truly appreciate together!

    Brian

    Mr PQ

     

  • The Yin/Yang of the PQ marriage

    As my declaration of need for an audio office evoked such a lively discussion in our “comments” section on Facebook, I determined a trek to the Apple Store was warranted.  I have conducted audio experiments in side-by-side comparisons of Bose, Dr. Dre Beats, and Apple standard issue headphones. Dr. Bose won in a landslide.  Noise cancelling will be deferred for now, but sound quality will not, I'm going for the other Doctor of headphones.

    As the Memorial weekend brought luxurious weather, it seemed fitting that a paddle on our local chain of lakes should preface a trip to the Uptown Apple Store.

    “I need to get a hat.”  Great, Hoigaards, our local, family-owned outdoor store is on the way.

    “I was thinking of the haberdashery.”

    I seriously doubt they sell bucket hats at the local haberdashery.

    It’s a Henry vs Humphrey style debate that plays out regularly in our house.

    He says, “I need shorts”.  I say, “Great REI is having a sale. “  He says, “I was thinking Banana Republic”

    We go for cocktails.    I say, “Hand me a long neck Bud Light with a vodka shot in the neck.”   He says, “Hendricks, straight, on the rocks”.

    He is “shaken, not stirred” while I am known to belt my favorite rendition of “Jose Cuervo” while getting dressed for the night.  (Truth be told, I favor Don Julio Reposado but that doesn’t rhyme as well)

    It’s Pad & Quill in a nutshell.  We hold our love of natural beauty and skilled craftsmanship in a 24 year relational weave of yin and yang, black and white, “little bit country/little bit rock and roll” tapestry and somehow by God’s grace it all works out.

    It’s like how our product line compliments and works together.  The Bella Fino for my iPhone 5, which I love for its simplicity and ruggedness, slips perfectly in my Field Bag pocket.  It’s almost like Mr. PQ planned it that way.

    It’s almost like he knew Father’s Day was coming up so we are showcasing two of our most beautiful iPad cases this week.  The Aria for iPad Air and the new Walden Case for iPad Air and iPad mini

    I’m going off the grid next week, which should allow Mr. PQ a rejoinder to my many musings.  I’ll return with a full report on iPhone 5s GPS, Gaia GPS, GoalZero solar chargers and how to get lost without being lost in the Superior National Forest.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

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