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

  • 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

     

  • Mr. PQ is pregnant, I'm not.

    “I’m pregnant”

     

    No, not me, Mrs. PQ, it’s Mr. PQ who’s expecting.  He mentioned he has been working on some new things, but him not being the science-y type, male fertilization never crossed my mind.  The man who runs to the emergency room for morphine with a little back pain ought to handle the whole transition labor quite well, I’m certain.  I caught him crying as he sang along with Disney’s Frozen soundtrack the other day, so the hormones must have kicked in by now.  He watched the movie with our oldest, while the second daughter and I were backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains (UP-Michigan) over the weekend.  We hiked the trails with a much- anticipated glimpse of black bears as the state park brochures promised.  In spite of being in the most remote portion of the park, we encountered nary a bear, print or slightest indication that bears were local inhabitants.  I travel prepared for bear encounters, daypack slung with safety whistle, mace/pepper spray, sidearm, and hiking poles that double as spears a la The Edge.  On my last trek north with the oldest, all armament proved unnecessary as the one encounter we had with a bear resulted in me emitting a “mom” scream that sent the poor creature scampering to the next county, as the kid stood in utter contempt and disbelief that I’d ruined her wilderness photo op.  Given her propensity for selfies, I’m not so sure my scaring the bear was a bad thing.  This is the kid who, on day 2 of a 3 day canoe trip, exclaimed, “Mom, I don’t get it, do you mean AM or PM?”  This inquisition was in reaction to me directing, for the prior 48 hours, with the 12-hour clock that aviators, military personnel and outdoorsmen in general use to indicate direction.  No wonder the canoe was seldom pointed along the right bearing.

     

    I’ve been away a bit this summer, which brings us back to Mr. PQ’s pregnancy and my curiosity as to who supplied the egg, presuming there was an egg and not some bizarre asexual dinosaur from frog DNA experiment being carried out.  That could get alien ugly real fast.  Alas, cell coverage being spotty as it is in the wilderness, left his text to me broken into segments.   What he actually meant to say is that he is so excited about the designs and prototypes being crafted by our team he feels pregnant with anticipation for all the projects in the works.

     

    Our whiteboard area is piled with prototypes of Little Cases for iPhone 6, and a new design for the for the iPad Air.  We haven’t left out you lovers of leather dry goods, with gorgeous full grain being transformed into bags and backpacks you’d be willing to watch a 26.2 hour Frozen marathon to own.

     

    Nine months is a long time to await the arrival of a newborn, thank goodness the fall is almost here!

    Mrs. PQ

    Kari

  • iPhone 6 round up

    Well it's that time of year again.  As you can imagine Mrs PQ and I are quite busy getting ready for the arrival of iPhone 6 in September.  We do have a couple surprises coming prior to September though.  Keep an eye on Instagram and our newsletter as we announce some beautiful products coming in a few weeks.

     

    Regarding the iPhone 6, we have been following all the various tech news sites to glean as much information as possible and incorporate that into our new designs.  The BIG news is that Apple is clearly going to launch a larger iPhone. Most sources agree that two sizes are likely, a 4.7 inch screen and a large 'phablet' like 5.5 inch. These new iPhone's will be impossibly thinner, faster and have even better camera improvements. Here's series of quotes from a few key sites we follow and some take aways about Apple's upcoming iPhone 6.  Rumors for sure, but quite interesting.

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    From 9to5mac

    Apple May release a larger 4.7 and 5.5 inch screen iPhone at same time or...maybe not?

    "There have indeed been rumors that yield issues with the larger screen of the 5.5-inch model iPhone 6 may result in it being launched after the 4.7-inch model. But even there, we’re hearing conflicting reports."

    Sapphire Glass. A super strong and scratch resistant screen on the new iPhones?

    "...we reported last year that Apple had procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200Million ~5-inch iPhone displays. However, the latest rumors claimed that the sapphire material might only make an appearance on a new 5.5-inch iPhone model, and not a 4.7-inch model, due to low yield rates expected through the end of the year."

    iPhone 5, iPhone 6 4.7 and iPhone 6 5.5 next to each other. iPhone 5, iPhone 6 4.7 and iPhone 6 5.5 next to each other. (via Macrumors.com)

    From MacRumors

    Apple is gearing up for the largest initial production run of iPhone's in history.  This is going to be a BIG launch in more ways then one.

    "Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture a massive number of 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones in anticipation of high consumer demand, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is seeking between 70 and 80 million units combined of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by December, its largest order to date..."

    With so many iPhones in so many hands, we are planning to make iPhone cases that protect, collect your valuables make sure that the new iPhone your holding is not the only thing people will ask you about.  These handmade iPhone cases will celebrate the craftsman and truly give your new iPhone 6 a fully Crafted experience.

    Stay tuned,

    Brian

    Mr PQ

     

     

     

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  • 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

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