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  • Our Customer Service Ethos and Meet the CS Team!

    We're all about the art of quality here at Pad & Quill, and that shows in our Customer Service Team. They are incredibly hardworking and available by phone, chat, and via email. You can chat with us about pretty much anything. We love leather, the art of crafting, and making people smile. Not many people get to say that they get to help spread joy to people for a living, but we are the lucky few!

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  • The Ultimate 2018 Gift Guide from Pad & Quill

    Have a special someone in your life, but not sure what to get them? Our handcrafted leather goods are a great way to add a personal touch to special events and holidays. The finest leather goods are up for pre-order and order now! They'll head out as soon as the next business day. Plus, if you happen to pick one or two up for yourself, we won't tell. ;) Continue reading

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Pad & Quill : A Personal Note from Our Family to Yours

     

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    We at Pad & Quill and the Bindery Blog want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving this year. 2016 has been quite a year for us, growing and adapting to new iPhones and MacBooks and trying to understand the Air Pods. It’s been a crazy year but we wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

    We’ve grown from a little company in Mr. and Mrs. PQ’s basement to a full-fledged small business that works hard to make crafted art. When we started those many years ago, we were just a little company with big dreams. With plenty of hard work and wonderful customers, we've been overjoyed with getting to continue to grow our brand. We are thankful for magazines like the New York Times and Wired for reviewing and featuring us, helping us grow each and every day.

    Sure, Apple gave us courage this year. But we’ve also learned the importance of adapting our products for everyone in our ever growing family. We've been pushed to be more creative and intuitive with each new release from Apple. From pencils to missing headphone jacks, we've been excited to design new products for each new step in innovation.

    It’s our busiest time at Pad & Quill but we are already planning out 2017 and we are so excited that you’ve joined us on this journey. We’re thankful for you and we can’t wait to make even more memories in the years to come. While our holidays are plenty busy, we haven't forgotten our loyal customers, who have sometimes felt more like family over the years. We're constantly thankful for your many jokes, ideas and praise.

    So bundle up your iPhone and pack your backpack, we wish you safe travels and good conversations. We can’t wait to keep innovating for you for years to come.

    A happy Thanksgiving from us here at Pad and Quill! May your day be filled with good food, family, friends, and joy.

    Sincerely,

    The entire Pad & Quill family

  • A Leather Apple Watch Cuff As Old As Time... Or At Least As Old As Elvis

    When we found out we could get our hands on a select stock of vintage leather from Europe, we didn’t just buy a little bit of it, we bought it all. Hailing from the 1950s with a beautiful patina color we created a leather Apple Watch cuff that will mold to your wrist and age with you and your watch. The Limited Edition 60 Year Luxury Leather Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch Series 1 & Series 2 comes from the time of Elvis, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Lindy and stands out as a cuff meant to last for years to come.

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  • Triumph, Pratt and Backpacks

    Mr. PQ forwarded an article to me that was written by a fellow early adopter, he thought it was insightful and humorous.  The author offered some simple, straightforward advice regarding how to introduce one’s friends and coworkers to the wonder that is the Apple Watch.  As I still wrestle daily against the Activity Target of Tyranny, driven to complete all three circles every 24 hours, the haptic tapping of impatience becoming yet one more voice of “I need” and “I want” amongst a cacophony of voices, I probably am not the model spokesperson.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the breakdown of data in the Health app, and I’ve figured out how to skip around to my favorite Miranda Lambert songs while running, so yea me.  However, I can’t escape the feeling of being shackled to the modern world.  So I’ve done what so many others in captivity have done before, I’ve succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome.  That’s the only explanation I can offer for why, on a gorgeously sunny day, I sat inside watching the bulk of the keynote speech of the Apple  WWDC (World-Wide Developer Conference).  I actually caught myself “oohing” when they announced that Apple Watch would do that thing that will make the Watch operate faster.  Fantastic!  Mr. PQ and I are in a race as to who will learn a second language faster: him learning enough spanish to order his own coffee at Starbucks or me learning to speak techno-geek.  Being that he runs on caffeine, I’m guessing he might be more motivated.

    I’m highly motivated to finish my work in time to join the youngest Quill at the midnight showing of Jurassic World.  Chris Pratt is awesome, and the fact that he is riding a Triumph Bonneville while chasing dinosaurs makes him a sexy, urban hipster guy, albeit a little short on beard.  We have a busy weekend preparing for our own global release (I think that is ok to say, Pad & Quill does ship internationally) of a new line of leather and wax canvas backpacks and briefcases designed with the sexy, urban, hipster cafe racers in mind.

    Stay Tuned,

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Mrs PQ gets the first Apple Watch

    It’s Mrs. PQ’s birthday today or, in other words, the annual rite of acknowledging I have the activity level of a 30 year old, the body of a dinged up 40 year old and the mind of a 92 year old.  Which explains why I’ve begun referring to myself in third persona.

    If it were up to me, we would be offering a 47% discount on every product purchased today, especially our Apple Watch Stand and Catchall for Apple Watch, but Mr. PQ has already lost enough hair trying to teach me to use my Watch that arrived upon my doorstop yesterday afternoon at 3:57pm. (Not that Mr. PQ was paying attention or anything).  You see, Apple must surely love me better and thus explains why my watch arrived before Mr. PQ’s.

    Allow me to set the scene:  As Mr. PQ was across the city on errands with the youngest kid, every other kid, including the adopted neighbor kids, were notified to be on the lookout for the Big Brown Truck.  I think for humor’s sake alone, numerous people wanted to be in audience for this grand unveiling, knowing full well that my reactions would be rich fodder for tweets and texts titled, “OMG, Mom! R U Serious?”  I believe the Oldest Quill has a blog entitled, I can’t believe the s@*% my mom says”. However, as Mr. PQ and I needed some quality time, we bought a bottle of wine and decided to wait until the kids were in bed to commence with the experience.

    Suffice to say, once I had rambled my way through the unpacking experience and began trying to figure the Apple Watch out, Mr. PQ was ready to switch to bourbon, straight up.  I insisted on attacking this like the plebe I am, seeing how much I could manage to figure out on my own.  Five minutes later, and Mr. PQ physically restraining himself, my Apple Watch blinked awake.  Pardon me for thinking the turn on switch should be the long narrow button by the knob.

    Then, for your iPhone to sync to your watch, you need to “take a picture of the Watch face”.    Apparently, this requires lighting on magnitude of the sun, so I allowed Mr. PQ to complete this step while I sipped my wine.  Since he is pretty cute when he is geeking out, it appealed to me to give way and let him walk me through the remainder of the set up.  He was cautious in trying to coach me verbally, and when our Watch vocabulary synced, I was deftly able to rotate the crown to navigate the home screen.  The whole scene was reminiscent of the Dad in “A Christmas Story” delighting in Ralphie’s newly opened Red Ryder BB Gun with the compass in the stock, except Ralphie didn’t kiss his dad in thanks.

    I have now sent my heartbeat to Mr. PQ and god only knows what strangers, I’ve fulfilled my Dick Tracy fantasies of my youth, talking to my watch to communicate and I’ve come to understand the most magical part of the Apple Watch is that you can set time forward by 7 minutes so you always feel on time for everything.  (yes, my clock setting fetish drives my family crazy).  The awesome thing here though, is that your alarms know the real time, so you actually can be on time for everything and have the added euphoria of being early.

    This great company Pad and Quill, has compelled me to become an early adapter of Apple technology, while it isn’t always a euphoric experience, it certainly is an entertaining one.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Mr PQ is pregnant, part 2

    It’s a new year, and here at Pad &Quill we are working with our craftsmen and our designers to roll out new products we love and we believe our customers will think are awesome.  Or in Mr. PQ parlance, 'areaweSOME!!' A compounded mutation of standard English with an obligatory crescendo as he stretches the 3 syllable word to 6.  He can hardly help himself however, as by the time a gold-standard prototype arrives on our marketing desk, the idea has percolated and incubated in his head, heart and soul for 6 months to a year.  Having left the percolating and incubating of the four quills to Mrs. PQ, it’s hard to say he fully understands the concept of being pregnant with a child, but, he fully comprehends the labor of love it is to bring a new product into the world.

    Speaking of pregnancy, I’ve noticed a new trend among our younger friends that brings announcements of new arrivals to an interstellar level of 'areaweSOMEness'. It appears one can no longer frenetically call every person on one’s contact list while one’s wife’s head hangs above the porcelain throne in a bout of morning sickness. Rather, announcing a new arrival has become an event.  An event bolstered by polaroid quality images Snapfish’d into a pleasing birth announcement, a color coded designer cake procured which brings tidings of the child’s gender when served at a smartly catered disclosure event, followed by a strategically placed Facebook declaration of what said child’s name is to be.

    Not being an overtly public person, it can take me a fair amount of rumination before I am ready to release any of my own creative endeavors into the public forum.  Understanding Mr. PQ’s passion for our products, it can take some time for our marketing team to formulate a name that encapsulates what is essential to say about a new product, to evolve a line of descriptive copy that conveys all the 'areaweSOMEness' of a design and to prepare a launch to bring tidings of gladness and great joy regarding our new cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.  Next round I think I’ll just order a cake.

    Mrs PQ

  • CES, Prop Bets and the Bella Vida Case

    Mr. PQ and I are headed to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.  (Disclaimer: For those savvy social media thugs thinking to burglarize our home while we are away, allow me to dissuade you with the knowledge that a very well-armed housekeeper is on the premises and frankly, you’d be disappointed as we don’t own jack: unless you include Mr. PQ’s invaluable beard grooming kit, which he will most likely take with him as he doesn’t travel anywhere without an impeccably groomed beard).

    Anyhoo.  Back to CES and Las Vegas.  I’ve not returned to Sin City and CES since our first traverse there in 2011.  Pad & Quill was a fledgling company with a few bookbindery cases for iPad and some paper napkin sketches of wallet styled cases for iPhones.   We walked 273 miles of convention center floor, barely surviving the epilepsy inducing lights and carcinogenic haboobs of second hand smoke.  As you can tell, the intensity of my desire to return is surpassed only by Mr. PQ’s enraptured knowledge of my Wild intent to hike a part of the Pacific Crest Trail, as we will be in the vicinity, sort of.

    Not being particularly interested in gambling, for the sake of gambling, the tables and slots hold little allure for either of us.  We might plug a few quarters into a Texas Hold  ‘em machine, while sipping comped drinks and watching NFL playoff games.  What truly intrigue me however, are prop bets.  For the uninitiated, a “prop” bet is a bet constructed as an ancillary to an event.  For instance, Superbowl prop bets might include:  In which quarter will Gisele Bündchen appear on the television camera, sipping Bollinger Blanc de Noir from a crystal flute in her right hand.  Or in which game minute will Jerry Jones come-over flop, in a Chris Christie like frenzy, down the center of his forehead?  And finally, if it is a Romo v Manning Superbowl, which team doctor will be better equipped to intervene with the Heimlich Maneuver, thus saving their team from Superbowl infamy.

    One prop bet I would certainly back is that folks are going to love our new self-propping Bella Vida for iPhone 6 Plus.  This American full grain leather wallet is a well- crafted masterpiece of functionality, replete with the beauty and aesthetic design you’ve come to expect from a Pad & Quill product.  Sadly, for us mere mortals who carry the iPhone 6, the Bella Vida is still in design production, and won’t be immediately available, so I will be stealing Mr. PQ’s iPhone 6 Plus at various times to post comparison pictures of the Bella Vida and various Vegas landmarks.   My contention that it is the small, thoughtful, supportive things that lend to a beautiful life.  Big, bold Vegas may prove me wrong,  but I wouldn’t bet on it.

    Kari

    (Mrs PQ)

  • 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

  • I'm what you might call, 'In-Doorsy'

    So Mrs PQ just took are eldest daughter and headed off into the wilderness of the Great Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. Canoes and tents are the only items allowed in this area as all motorized vehicles, boats ect. are banned. Truly a ‘leave it as you found it’ vast preserve.

    Mrs. PQ hinted to our differences in her last post and I’ll offer another one right here.  When it comes to the great outdoors, I’m what comedian Jim Gaffigan might say, ‘In-doorsy’.  Never really understood why you take all the indoor stuff and bring it outdoors under nylon material that’s about as thin as my columbia shorts.

    Anyhow she’s been gone for about 4 days and that means one thing: To the dread of the other 3 quills, I’m the official meal planner. I’m actually fairly mean with a good frypan, organic eggs, spinach and some cheddar cheese.  My achilles heal might be around dinner time though. So let’s see what we did the last 4 days.

    Sunday night -Five Guys Burgers

    Monday night - Frozen Pizzas

    Tuesday night - Spaghetti (Due to the fact the rice cooker actually blew up, another story)

    Wednesday night - Store bought rotisserie chicken and instant mashed potatoes.

    The good news is I did manage to buy lots of salad supplies and pushed it on the kiddos without too much complaint.

    Back to camping. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind camping occasionally and I really love getting out in the natural forests.  Wether that be the redwoods north of San Francisco or local parks in Minneapolis.  I visit them and then retreat to what I call ‘protected domiciles’.  Another way to put it, somewhere with AC and a soft bed.

    My appreciation for the beauty of the woods extends to the beauty of lumber. As a former painter, I loved finishing gorgeous exotic wood species. The depth of the shimmer in these finished materials always provided a spectacular opportunity to worship.  So imagine my excitement when I get to do this again for iPhones and eventually other products at Pad & Quill. This week we introduced the Timer Case for iPhone 5/5S, a beautiful choice of either Cherry or Walnut Veneer that adheres to the back and/or front of the iPhone. Laser cut and then hand rubbed with preservative oil right here in our workshop in Minneapolis. A wonderful addition to our other wood iPhone cases and something Kari and I truly appreciate together!

    Brian

    Mr PQ

     

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