Art of Craft

  • PQ Style: History of the Button Up vs Button Down - What's the Difference?

    The button-down is one of the most valuable pieces a rugged gentleman can have in his wardrobe. However, you may have heard of a button-up too. Do you need both? Are they the same thing? It can be confusing! The terms "button-up" and "button-down" are used interchangeably all the time. But are they really different?

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  • The Best Professional Bags & Briefcases for Women

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    Capable, well-designed, and stylish bags and briefcases are rare, incredibly so. That's why we pioneered an entire line of professional women's accessories here at Pad and Quill. Your day might include heading out to a client meeting, meeting up with friends for coffee, a little league game, and more! Your bag needs to be adaptable enough to keep up. But how do you choose?

    First off, look for a clear design philosophy. Clean lines, well-tailored interiors and durable materials are indications that the maker put heart and soul into their bag. When we set out to design our own line of laptop bags for women we went through countless prototypes. We tweaked every detail until we got perfection. Our vintage-inspired line of bags and purses are designed to maximize functionality and style. Each bag has been incredibly designed to go the distance and look great while doing it. Every bag is handcrafted by our artisans. Their experience shines through in every stitch. Our bags are made to last and backed by an incredible 25-year warranty. Tackle your busy schedule in style, let's find your perfect bag!

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  • PQ Style: The History of the Gladstone Bag

    Here at Pad & Quill, we are completely dedicated to the art of leather craftsmanship. It's important to us that we preserve the history of the leather artisans that came before us. Specifically, the Gladstone travel bag sparked our imagination. It's got such a rich history and is an integral piece of menswear. We've plucked this bag out of time and given it modern functionality. Let's explore its amazing story!

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  • PQ Style: The Incredible History of the Herringbone Fabric

    Chances are, you are familiar with the herringbone pattern. In fact, you might even own a few pieces in your own wardrobe. Here at Pad and Quill, we love unearthing the unique stories of things in our everyday lives. Over the centuries, it's embarked on a long journey. After serving as the building blocks of an ancient empire, herringbone then evolved into a gentleman's fabric.

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  • How to Find the Perfect Laptop Bag

     

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    Do you have the right bag? How do you know? You may not ever leave your house without your work bag, and you need to have the right one. This bag will hold all your essentials like your notebook full of ideas, pens to sign contracts, a laptop with your afternoon presentation, and maybe even a book for the journey into work. In short, not just any bag will do. When you're working at your peak, it's vital to have a bag that can keep up. If we seem a little geeky about bags, it's because we are. A small part of your job is 100% ours.

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  • PQ Style: How to Tie a Bow Tie and its' Classy History

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    Here at Pad & Quill, we love to pair classic techniques with a modern sensibility. Nothing quite masters that combination as the bow tie. The bow tie has a long, storied history. Fashion mavens, political leaders, and comedians have all sported it. Today, bow ties are mainly worn on formal occasions. However, in the past decade bow ties for everyday wear, have seen a rise in popularity. It's a great way to elevate your look and stand out amongst the crowd.

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  • PQ Style: The Enduring History of the Windsor Knot and How to Tie One

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    Pad & Quill is all about bringing together the best of the old with the best of the new. Whether it's updated classic designs, old-world craftsmanship on new-fangled products, or even the best of enduring styles that have endured for decades like being able to tie a Windsor knot. There are literally hundreds of ways to wear a tie. New styles, materials, and trends are cropping up constantly. Yet, one style has endured, the Windsor. An iconic classic, worn by infantries and businessmen alike for nearly a century. Why and how did this become the penultimate fashion statement? Continue reading

  • Leather 101- Leather Grading & The Different Qualities Of Leather

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    Leather is a cherished material, renown for its flexibile and durable nature. However, there are different grades of leather that dictate the look, feel, and the lifetime of each unique piece. The industry has different techniques for each grade. We'll break down the four different grades of leather, from the best grade of leather to the worst.

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  • How to Make a Leather iPad Case

    Our cases for the iPads are an industry game-changer. We take our enduring designs and pair them with American full-grain leather to create individual masterpieces. Our inspiration is stoked by our entrepreneurial spirit and a love of the craft. Our designs are our way of honoring the past while looking to the future. American bridle leather has a supple and hardworking nature inspired our Oxford leather iPad Pro case and the inspiration for our Traveler cases came from a family heirloom. Join us along our journey in crafting a case for the iPad.

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  • How to Make an iPad Pro Case Like A Book with Pad & Quill Style

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    Back in 2010, we were a small startup with big dreams, to craft Apple accessories that are as functional as they are beautiful. After all, who wouldn't want to make a case for the iPad? Since then, we've gathered the best materials, located the best artisans, and honed our designs over time. When the new iPad Pros came out, we knew we'd be making new landmark cases for them. Take a look behind the scenes, and accompany us on the journey that is making durable traditionally bound book-style Contega Thin case for iPad Pro 11 & iPad Pro 12.9 3rd Gen! Continue reading

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