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  • 4 Tips For How To Clean Your AirPods

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    Let's face it, AirPods travel with us everywhere and they get gross. From the busy airport to a hard workout to jostling around in your bag... they're probably overdue for a cleaning.  When you pay more than $160 for AirPods, it's totally understandable that you'd want them to last! Now is a great time to give them a Spring clean. Prevent long-lasting crud buildup by giving your AirPods consistent cleanings. Here's how...

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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

  • 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

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