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Wallets

  • Best iPhone 7 Wallet Cases for Work & Play

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    These days it seems like we carry our iPhone more closely than our own wallets! In fact, thanks to the iPhone Wallet app, many of us have ditched our old billfold altogether. However, we still need a spot to carry our driver's license and that. holdout credit card. Plus, as grandpa says, always carry $21.51 on you at all times. Thankfully at Pad & Quill, we've got you covered with a plethora of iPhone wallet case options that combine the best of both worlds! Continue reading

  • Credit Card Wallets: Picking the Best Minimalist Leather Wallet

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    Often the choices for a credit card wallet can feel overwhelming. Enter slim wallets as the modern take on the varied history of the billfold. A great leather wallet can stand the test of time and with new slim designs from Pad & Quill, the functionality of a slim credit card wallet continues to grow. We’ve highlighted the functions of three of our favorite styles of credit card wallets from Pad & Quill to help you decide which best suits your lifestyle. Continue reading

  • Picking a Perfect Leather Wallet: From Classic to Modern

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    When it comes to modern wallets, there are plenty of options for picking a perfect leather wallet. Wallets today find themselves in two camps. Classic wallets, with their perfect sizing and throwback, traditionally march right alongside the Modern wallets, meant to keep up with the explosion of technology, carrying less and keeping everything slim. Here at Pad & Quill, we’ve built a collection of wallets to satisfy both parties, while staying true to our favorite materials and craftsmanship. We've collected together perfect leather wallets for everyone, from the modernists to the traditionalist and you can find which one is perfect for you here!

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  • Wallet Origins and the History of the Everyday Essential

    history-of-walletsGrowing up, a wallet was the mark of adulthood. From carrying your first paycheck to your everyday essentials, wallets journey with us through the ups and downs of life. The average guy keeps his wallet for about 7 years, and during that time it becomes a familiar companion. At Pad & Quill, we've quickly fallen in love with our wallets and the history they carry with us. From the simplicity of the Slim Credit Card Wallet to the sturdiness of the Classic Journeyman, each wallet we design is meant to travel with you on your adventures. During the process of designing and innovating new wallets, we have also taken a look back through time to see the journey the wallet has taken and the history it carries with it. Read on to learn the fascinating history of the wallet! Continue reading

  • 6 Wallet Carry Essentials, 6 No-Nos, and 5 Maybes...

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    A wallet is likely the most important piece of every day carry you have. It contains some of your most essential items. However, most of us carry way to many unnecessary things in our wallets. Here is a list of the 6 most essential things to keep in your wallet, the 6 most important things to NOT carry in your wallet, and 5 things you might never have thought of carrying until now... Continue reading

  • 5 Things The Best Leather Wallets All Have In Common

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    A leather wallet is one piece of any male's wardrobe that is indispensable. The average man keeps his wallet for 7-10 years. Over that time a wallet will become like a close friend. You carry it every day and it molds to you, it adapts to your hands, takes on its own personality, and becomes a part of your identity.

    So what should you look for when buying a quality leather wallet for men? What is it that makes a wallet the best leather wallet in terms of quality and style?

    Here are a few things to look for when buying a wallet that will be with you for the next decade. 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • Mrs. PQ needs Dr. Dre

    “Mom, I need help writing my turtle essay”.  “Mom, why don’t you write about me in your blog posts, I have good stories.”  “Mom, I need…blah, blah, blah, money, money, money.”  “Mom here are the 12 of the next 18 nights you will be preoccupied with attending my year-end concerts.”  “Mrs. PQ , I need you to re write the copy on our Etsy Store page.”

     

    I need a pair of headphones.  Not just the ubiquitous, white knobs that accompany every iPhone, iPad and iAnything Apple, but rather a large, glaringly red, pair of Dr. Dre’s Beats.  Apple, would you please accelerate your purchase of said company so I can become an in-office product tester.  Of course, Bose “noise cancelling” headphones would also do the trick, but I fear the house would burn down in a world muted to that degree.

     

    Rob Walker, @notrobwalker, Yahoo’s resident tech guru makes the case for me better then I could myself.  I’m going to paste the link here, but, you ADD folks who came here to buy your dad a Journeyman wallet or Aria for iPad Air should complete your purchase first. Then follow the link, or you’ll end up forgetting and then resorting to gifting another sleeve of “barely-range ready" golf balls you found end capped at the Stuffmart Fueling Station enroute to brunch.

     

    It’s not that I don’t love my family, and it’s not that I’m not more then happy to address their various needs and concerns, it’s just that every so often I need to bring work home with me, and writing blogs in the dead silence of O-dark thirty isn’t quite as feasible as it was in my youth.

     

    For the record, we got the turtle essay compiled, including the insertion of 20 ecologically minded words at various points.  I believe the kid didn’t quite grasp the point of the assignment as his first rendition included a string of 19 nouns with nary a verb or modifier to be found.  I assured the college kid that upon returning home, she would frequent these little vignettes as I’m certain conversations of Keats, Milton, Dunne and Steinbeck will produce a plethora of eye catching Google keywords.  I handed the credit card to the other kid, because, hey that’s why I work three jobs, and now I’m off to write Mr. PQ’s posts, somebody hand me Dr. Dre's Beats.

    Mrs PQ

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