Pad & Quill is a community of dedicated artisans whose aim is to make versatile luxury accessories at a fantastic value that blur the line between traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. Using only the highest quality materials and age-tested traditional techniques, each piece is thoughtfully designed to meet the demands of our everyday devices while honoring the traditions of the past.
As entrepreneurs and artisans, we started this business with $1200 and a vision for creating unique products offered directly to customers online. We painted our web designer’s deck in exchange for a website and labored with local artisans to build four prototypes, then we went direct online-only, selling our first iPad and iPhone cases in the summer of 2010. After 3000 cases shipped out the home basement window, we decided it was time to move to a warehouse located in a historic building on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis.
Today we continue to joyfully design, craft, and produce unique leather goods that intersect the crossroads of modern technology and traditional artisan craft. As technology evolves, so do our unique products. The one constant that remains is our desire to delight our customers with beautiful goods that add to the story of their lives in a small but essential way.
We are proud to work with some of the best artisans on the planet to make beautiful, durable goods that will last. We refuse to compromise our quality or our integrity. All materials are responsibly sourced, and our artisans take pride in their work and workplace. We do this to sleep well at night, and so can you. We not only feel free to say this, but we also back up our confidence with warranties that speak for themselves.
The Litmus Test
Pad & Quill is a community of makers that appreciates the beauty of traditional craft when combined with modern technology.
At Pad & Quill, we have a code we call our litmus test:
- Is the product made with handcrafted quality by well-trained and cared-for artisans?
- Have we created something that our discriminating friends and family would be proud to own?
- Is our product organic, sourced from natural elements that endure, and in keeping with good stewardship of our environment?
- Have we maintained our dedication to preserving what is valuable from the past while merging with the remarkable technology of the present?
- Did we exhaust ourselves in pursuit of excellence?
Only when it has passed our litmus test & honored our code can a product be inscribed with the Pad & Quill Ampersand.
Brian, Philbert our Chow Chow, and the Pad & Quill team.