Monthly Archives: January 2014

  1. Curated means?

    Curated means?

    I'm not always known as the grammar expert here at PQ. Not only does Mrs. PQ points this out, but occasionally a friendly customer. I had a general idea what 'curated' meant, but needed to back up with some authority so I went to the Internet...

    According to, one of the definitions is the following:

    "to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content"

    That's about right, I'm going with it. Several months back we wanted to bring in a local artist to showcase their work on our Author Series for iPad Air and Mini cases. The search was not hard as Tamrah Ryan is a good friend of Pad & Quill and has a great eye for design.


    Tamrah is a local photographer, business owner, wife and mom of 3 boys.  She recently opened her own Etsy Store (I know eCommerce guy, I'm not supposed to link to other stores then PQ, I don't care), so Check out her Etsy store! as it's filled with lovely curated vintage items that are worthy of purchase. I think you will see right away her passion for unique stuff.




    We reached out to her and asked if she would mind pulling together some patterns, sifting through them and getting her favorite ones ready to present to our customers.  Sound like a familiar definition?

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  2. How Will the New iPads Stand Up to the Competition?

    How Will the New iPads Stand Up to the Competition?
    The two newest iPads—the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2—were only released a few months ago, but it’s time to take a look at how they stack up against the competition. Some of the most notable rivals include the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Nexus 10 and though there are more, those two are the ones we’ll be comparing to the iPads.

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  3. Will Your Leather Bag Stand the Test of Time?

    Will Your Leather Bag Stand the Test of Time?
    A leather bag isn’t just a fashion accessory, it’s a style investment. Leather is one of the most durable, long-lasting materials out there, which is why it’s so important to take excellent care of your leather bag.

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  4. Which one?

    Which one?

    We get lots of questions about the differences in our new leather bags.  I thought it was time to discuss the design and features represented in our three carry bags.

    Messenger Bag

    When we set out to craft these bags one of our biggest litmus tests was the question:  Does this tie together old and new ideas? The messenger bag concept is a classic designed larger bag meant to sling over the back for the daily commute. This design holds lots of stuff and has pockets to keep everything in order.  We took that idea then added luxurious and organic materials to make something new, yet familiar.  We love the two large pockets for holding your cords, chargers, battery back ups or hard drives.  Along with a large laptop pocket designed to hold up to a 15 inch Macbook Pro retina. Finished off with a large leather flap that has a real cherry wood laser etched Pad & Quill mark to make quite a statement.


    The Satchel

    Think of the satchel as a slimmer version of the Messenger.  Same gorgeous materials in a more deft package. When we first made this design we had a more pronounced handle at the top and the flap did not go very far down, sort of brief case looking. We decided that was a bit too old school and we wanted something with a larger flap and more subtle handle at the top. A design somewhere between a satchel and soft sided bag.  We also wanted something that holds up to a 15 in MacBook Pro retina laptop as well as a journal or iPad. Add to that misc cords

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  5. Are Kindles and Other E-Readers Worth It?

    Are Kindles and Other E-Readers Worth It?
    In the last several years, Kindles and e-readers in general have seemed to take off. But how viable an alternative is it to paper books? We'll take a look here, comparing Kindles against paper books in a number of categories.

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  6. When Will the iPhone 6 be Released?

    When Will the iPhone 6 be Released?
    Although the iPhone 6 isn't out yet, never mind even having a vague release date, iPhone fans are already speculating when the date will be- and what the iPhone 6 will look like.

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  7. What Would an iPhone with iOS 8 Look Like?

    What Would an iPhone with iOS 8 Look Like?
    The newest software overhaul for the iPhone, iOS 8, is still months away, but that's good enough to start the clock. Here, we'll take a look at some of the early buzz surrounding iOS 8 (on the iPhone 6) and what should be on it.

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  8. A grave breach of protocol

    A grave breach of protocol

    I showed up to the PQ headquarters on the last day of 2013 with my Timbuktu bag and my Macbook conveniently slung into a repurposed, cotton bag.


    “You do know we own a bag and case company?” Quipped the mostly patient Brian.


    Yes, and the leather bags are shipped in these cotton bags, great for carrying my junk.


    At this point Brian rolled his eyes and noted two salient facts.  First, my $1300 Macbook Air probably shouldn’t be classified as junk and second, IT’S NOT EVEN ONE OF OUR BAGS.  I’d grabbed one of the many sample bags we tested this summer and it was emblazoned with some software company logo.  To Brian this stumble in protocol is roughly akin to wearing a New England Patriots 2012 World Champion t-shirt.  (To the NFL unaffiliated, the New England Patriots lost that game to my New York Giants and all those championship shirts that bear their name are adorning little kids in destitute corners of the world; the ultimate in re-purposing.)


    Once his eyeballs ceased their slot machine like spin, he painstakingly walked over to our inventory shelves and unwrapped a whiskey leather/green waxed canvas field bag and matching laptop sleeve and brought them to my desk.  He then took me through the exact “opening” experience our customers enjoy, meticulously attaching the shoulder strap and subsequently draping the bag over my shoulder.


    “Welcome to the Pad & Quill family.”


    What a family it is and what a year it’s been.  We’ve written about the months of brainstorming and designing, soul searching and rebuilding that we invested in bringing a new line of products

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