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Leather Bags

  • Leather Laptop Bags for Travel : Picking the Perfect Laptop Sleeve

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    Find a perfect leather laptop bag can feel as difficult as trying to pick out the perfect laptop. From the flimsy to the overbearing, a laptop bag has to keep your tech safe while traveling compact. From versatility to comfort, Pad & Quill has designed a perfect lineup of leather laptop bags for your every need. Continue reading

  • Clean Your Bag: How to Clean Canvas and Leather Goods

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    You’ve brought home your new Pad & Quill bag and love it. Your bag has traveled with you all over. But as Mrs. PQ says, with life comes dirt. From those old candy wrappers stuck to the bottom to that unfortunate coffee stain on the corner, a good bag ages with its owner. Follow these steps to clean your bag and have it looking like new in no time. Continue reading

  • The Perfect Multifunctional Bag: How to Pick the Best Lifestyle Bag

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    You’ve reached the point where your reliable old bag can’t possibly last another minute. The straps are fraying, the bottom is nearly worn through and its original color is indistinguishable. But search through the internet and there will be more bags to choose from than new Fast and Furious movies. At Pad & Quill, we’ve crafted a full lineup of multifunctional bags for the professional, the adventure-seeker and everything in between. Picking the perfect multi-functional bag will feel like a breeze with these helpful tips here.

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  • Cold Weather Leather Care: How to Keep Your Leather Goods Conditioned In Winter

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    The warm happy glow of the holidays has worn down and New Year’s resolutions are starting to look a bit less enticing. But winter has yet to get the memo that everyone is ready for spring. While the cold wind blows, you and your leather goods are starting to feel the effects of winter. From cold arctic winds to slushy snow, winter can do a number on your leather goods. At Pad & Quill, our leather goods are a piece of our family, so we’ve come up with the best tips and tricks for taking care of leather in cold weather. Continue reading

  • What To Look For In A Luxury Leather Bag

     

    leather bag quality

    Whether you've just entered your first official job or are looking for a new way to carry your favorite tech, the perfect bag is one that will hold up to the test of time while also helping accomplish all your needs. Your bag needs to be one durable enough to travel with you every day, and survive the elements to boot. At Pad & Quill, we've crafted a full lineup of bags meant to last with you for years to come. From gorgeous leather to durable canvas, we’ve created a full collection meant to go with you from boardwalk to boardroom.

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  • Leather 101- Leather Quality

    guide to leather

    There's nothing in the world like leather. It's been used for thousands of years as a textile to create durable, protective, and fantastic looking goods. It is a time-honored material and turning it into useable objects has been honed into an art that is like none other.

    However, if you are anything like us when we started this journey, we had no idea about leather grades, quality, tanning processes, or how to tell a good piece of leather from a cleverly painted piece of scrap hide.

    The truth is, not all leather is created equal. When buying a fine leather bag, leather jacket, wallet, iPad Case, or anything else, knowledge is power. Many so-called "leathers" are not what they appear to be. So this series will explore the amazing world of leather so you can avoid getting burned next time you are in the market for some great leather goods. Continue reading

  • How To Get Scratches Out Of Leather

    At Pad & Quill, we use very high-quality full-grain bridle leathers in all our bags and leather iPhone and iPad cases. Full-grain leather is an amazing thing, it is extra thick, super durable, and among the highest quality of leather available. Our full-grain leather is of the "pull-up leather" variety. This leather has waxes, dyes, and oils deeply impregnated in it instead of being painted or coated with color. This process gives the leather a beautifully rich color & depth. You will find this leather used on the highest quality couches, leather jackets, boots, and of course, our all of our leather bags.

    One of the best features of our full-grain pull-up leather is that it ages with you and develops a stunning patina over time. High-quality pull-up leather scratches. That is a fact of life. With use, these scratches build up over time, blend together, and soften into a unique and gorgeous patina.

    However, not everybody likes scratches on their leather, or maybe there are one or two unsightly scratches you want to remove. Read on for our tips on removing scratches from leather, and how to get scratches out of pull up leather. Continue reading

  • How To Take Care Of Leather

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    At Pad & Quill, we use extremely high-quality full grain leathers from one of the most reputable leather tanneries in North America. Our leather bags and cases are fully oiled, tanned, and waterproofed from day one. We are confident in the quality of the leather, and it's workmanship, which is why we guarantee it for at least 25 years.

    However, well-maintained leather can last much much longer if it is taken care of properly. There are leather bags from over 100 years ago that are as good now as they were the day they were made and maybe even better!

    All products made from leather will age with time. The aging effect on leather is called a "patina" and can't be replicated by any artificial means. A patina develops from everyday use and handling of your leather product. As you use the bag, it gets marks and scratches, lighter spots where the leather flexes, darker spots where your hands touch frequently, and smoother spots where it rubs. The oils and waxes from the leather move around and balance everything out into a bag that has a character and life-story that is as unique as you are. These leather goods become true heirlooms to their owners.

    This is why we are proud to release three new leather care products: our waterproofing Leather Balm, conditioning Leather Oil, and our deeply restoring Leather Cleaner. With proper care, your leather bags, wallets, and cases will stand the test of time and age beautifully as well.

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  • Meet The New Pad & Quill Leather Bags

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    We are proud to introduce Pad & Quill’s latest additions to our leather bag lineup: the Roll-Top Backpack and the Leather Tote Bag. Adhering closely to our core design principles of superb craftsmanship with unfettered fashion, the bags are stylish, functional, and iconic. Our roll top backpack is a ruggedly charming leather laptop backpack that harkens the James Dean in us all. While the leather tote bag features a refined and classic look that looks straight out of Mad Men. Continue reading

  • iPad Pro, still deciding

    The Contega folio case for iPad pro

    Mr. PQ is good to me, I think.  I arrived home last week to find a brand new Apple iPad Pro propped cozily in our new bookbindery Contega iPad Pro case.  Mr. PQ knows how I love a good book, the more vintage the better.  So, there it was, the iPP(iPad Pro) in all its shining metal and glassy glory.  It was big, but this didn’t surprise me, I’d watched the Apple bigwig presentation on a big screen.  It had four, stereo speakers, at least that is what my 17 year old told me; something about left/right differentiation and sound perception and that did impress me.  It has a multitasking and split keyboard feature; neither my hands nor brain work this way so I have no comment.  

    As most people are aware, I am a very reticent early adopter and generally ascribe to Stockholm Syndrom any technical insight I might stumble upon.  Which is why when it came to making our a case for my iPad Pro I rely on our CNC design engineer to create a Baltic Birch frame, that, in spite of its streamline look and feel,  is as durable and beautiful as all of it’s predecessors.  Chris Stapleton never sounded so good!  (the Country Music Awards notwithstanding).  

    From there, Bruce in St. Paul, took over and crafted a stately and durable cover of Buckram Linen with a delightfully grippy internal surface that enables multiple propping positions as well as a surface to grip the otherwise greased pig like surface of iPP metal.   And yes, it holds the Apple Pencil nicely which is great because at a C-note per pop, the Pencil is not nearly so expendable as the various nubs and stubs that litter the bottom of my backpack.

    For you luxury leather aficionados, our craft partners in Leon have designed a Valet Bag that is far too versatile to define as a sleeve.  It props, it protects and it holds Apple’s  Smart Keyboard and iPencil.  This Valet Bag might easily be one of my favorite of the iPad cases we have produced.

    Finally, for those living the ironic life of being a minimalist in an iPad Pro world, we have crafted the Oxford luxury leather iPad Pro case.  American herdsmen produce great steers which explains why the Oxford folio case for iPad Pro can be crafted from a single piece of full grain bridle quality saddle leather.  The durability of leather combined with parachute grade thread used for stitching illustrates why we have no problem offering a 25-year warranty on all of our leather iPhone and iPad cases. 

    While I took possession of my iPad Pro a week ago, the jury is still out regarding whether I will weave it into my lifestyle or gift it to one of our many hard working employees.  At any rate, I’ll likely need to lock myself in my bathroom to actually have a go at iP Pro.

    Kari (Mrs PQ)

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