Announcing The iPad Pro Cases

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  • The Best Cases for 2018 iPad Pro 11 & 12.9

     

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    The new iPad Pros are here, finally! This is, hands-down, the biggest update to the iPad Pro since it's launched. Since our own launch in 2010, we have made an iPad case every year. When the new 11 and 12.9 inch iPad Pros launched, we went back to our roots and drew upon our most popular and beautiful designs. Protecting your new iPad means you're also guarding your investment, saving work, fortifying creativity. We used our signature materials: archival quality linen, full-grain leather, and Baltic birch to create the best-handcrafted iPad Pro case. Be among the first to get unparalleled protection, cases are available for pre-order now!

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  • iPad Pro, still deciding

    The Contega folio case for iPad pro

    Mr. PQ is good to me, I think.  I arrived home last week to find a brand new Apple iPad Pro propped cozily in our new bookbindery Contega iPad Pro case.  Mr. PQ knows how I love a good book, the more vintage the better.  So, there it was, the iPP(iPad Pro) in all its shining metal and glassy glory.  It was big, but this didn’t surprise me, I’d watched the Apple bigwig presentation on a big screen.  It had four, stereo speakers, at least that is what my 17 year old told me; something about left/right differentiation and sound perception and that did impress me.  It has a multitasking and split keyboard feature; neither my hands nor brain work this way so I have no comment.  

    As most people are aware, I am a very reticent early adopter and generally ascribe to Stockholm Syndrom any technical insight I might stumble upon.  Which is why when it came to making our a case for my iPad Pro I rely on our CNC design engineer to create a Baltic Birch frame, that, in spite of its streamline look and feel,  is as durable and beautiful as all of it’s predecessors.  Chris Stapleton never sounded so good!  (the Country Music Awards notwithstanding).  

    From there, Bruce in St. Paul, took over and crafted a stately and durable cover of Buckram Linen with a delightfully grippy internal surface that enables multiple propping positions as well as a surface to grip the otherwise greased pig like surface of iPP metal.   And yes, it holds the Apple Pencil nicely which is great because at a C-note per pop, the Pencil is not nearly so expendable as the various nubs and stubs that litter the bottom of my backpack.

    For you luxury leather aficionados, our craft partners in Leon have designed a Valet Bag that is far too versatile to define as a sleeve.  It props, it protects and it holds Apple’s  Smart Keyboard and iPencil.  This Valet Bag might easily be one of my favorite of the iPad cases we have produced.

    Finally, for those living the ironic life of being a minimalist in an iPad Pro world, we have crafted the Oxford luxury leather iPad Pro case.  American herdsmen produce great steers which explains why the Oxford folio case for iPad Pro can be crafted from a single piece of full grain bridle quality saddle leather.  The durability of leather combined with parachute grade thread used for stitching illustrates why we have no problem offering a 25-year warranty on all of our leather iPhone and iPad cases. 

    While I took possession of my iPad Pro a week ago, the jury is still out regarding whether I will weave it into my lifestyle or gift it to one of our many hard working employees.  At any rate, I’ll likely need to lock myself in my bathroom to actually have a go at iP Pro.

    Kari (Mrs PQ)

  • The Classic Apple Watch Bands by Pad & Quill

    Mr. PQ has always been quite the fashion guru, his wardrobe giving render to the colorful spectrum of his personality.  So, when Apple announced the release of Apple Watch he knew he must have one and he knew it needed to be accessorized with an ample array of Apple watch bands.  Not unlike the Swatch Watch phenomenon of the ‘80’s, Mr. PQ would like nothing better then to sport 5 or 6 Apple Watches on his wrist, each with a unique band, although his simple sophistication mandates he wear only one watch at a time.

    Problematically, once he acquired the gorgeous Milanese Loop and the Stainless Steel Link band (claiming business expense...), in addition to the black Sport Band that accompanied his original purchase, he felt he had run into a dead end.  Being all about full grain leather and artisan design, sadly, the Apple leather band offerings did not rise to his level of discriminating taste.  Thankfully, his hopes and dreams were not to be dashed upon the rubbage pile of knock offs and inferior craftsmanship, because we know artisans trained in the art of Italian Leather craft. So we turned to Victorio, a 4th generation Italian leather tannery artisan who uses  legendary soft-tumbled method to transform full grain American Steer hides into a luxury leather watch band that will hug your wrist with pliable comfort, while being as rugged and durable as your active life demands.

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    The mark of a fine leather watch band is that in short time you no longer notice its existence.  No pinching, no rubbing, the Pad & Quill leather Apple Watch bands will love your wrist as much as you love your watch.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

     

  • Briefcase to Cafe Racer

    Mr. PQ was busy becoming a major radio star the other evening but I had no idea what his topic was to be, I wasn’t allowed to be at the PQ World Headquarters while he was participating in 9to5Mac’s weekly podcast.  This has nothing to do with the fact that the FIFA Women’s World Cup is competing in Canada this month.  My exclusion from the taping also clearly has nothing to do with my propensity to scream insanely at the television when a goal is scored or mutter incoherently at the oops-I-fell-so-clearly-Christie Rampone-knocked me-over smathlete.   Who am I kidding?  When it comes to world-class soccer, I revert to my 18-year-old Colorado self; this would be the self, weaned on Bronco football, who lived in the mile high city where exuberant cheering is an art form.

    Art forms have been a significant point of conversation in the PQ household, or at least this is how Mr. PQ asserted his claim that surely the best way to be motivated to create world class backpacks and briefcases for Pad & Quill, was that he be fully immersed in the artful, gritty, urban world of the Café Racer.  To do so meant purchasing an artistically rich cafe racer motorcycle, specifically, a Triumph, preferably a Thruxton.  He appealed to my accounting side: “it’s a great tax write-off”.   Sorry babe, the IRS won’t see it that way.  He appealed to my affection for history: “Mom is English, it would tie me to my heritage.”  Honey, scones and tea would do the same but I don’t see you clamoring for them.   He appealed to my sense of nostalgia: “Steve McQueen and Anne Margaret rocked the Triumph in iconic photos and movie shots”. Me, having a lifelong love for Anne Margaret wavered.

    Original Photo by Cal West, 1964. Original Photo by Cal West, 1964.

    Once Mrs. PQ wavers, it’s not terribly hard to push her over.  Especially when the one pushing has worked 70-80 hours a week, month after month, year after year, putting food on the table and a roof over our heads.  There are people who might view Mr. PQ’s new bike as a mid-life crisis, I’d say it’s a ride well earned by a guy who’s taken loyalty and devotion to an art form.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Backpacks, Briefcases and Jurassic World

    “You’re wearing that, I didn’t know you wore that.”  The “that” Mr. PQ is referring to is an exquisite leather and copper bracelet he bought for me while on a recent visit to our manufacturing partners in Mexico.  It is also the “that” which has been on my wrist constantly for the past 6 weeks, how it took him that long to notice is beyond me.  The man is a stickler for fashion details.  This is never more apparent than when he is talking product design and Apple accessories.  Mr. PQ can spot a hand pounded copper rivet on a backpack or a Japanese nickel cast zipper on a briefcase from a mile away.  While the aesthetic details drive his designing mind, functionality governs the genesis of any new leather, tech-lifestyle products.  It’s a match made in heaven.

    The hybridization of some species can be an Indominus Rex type disaster, not so the marriage of 24 oz wax canvas and full grain American Steer leather when it’s crafted into a new line of  backpacks and briefcases.  Allow me to insert a note of gratitude toward Universal Pictures for their release of Jurrasic World, in which Chris Pratt screams across the screen on a Triumph Scrambler , the same weekend we had selected to release our new line of gorgeously versatile backpacks, and briefcases, inspired largely by Mr. PQ’s mid life crisis aka “the beast” aka Triumph Thruxton.

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    To be bequeathed with the PQ ampersand, a backpack or briefcase design needs to stand up to the rigors of a daily commute, passing through 4 seasons of slush, snow, sweat and slop, while still retaining it’s rugged beauty.  Mission accomplished!  We are fairly certain that if you are the poor tourist plucked up and digested by Tyrannosaurus-Rex, your Pad & Quill Backpack would live to tell about it.

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    Our new line of Backpacks and Briefcases will go with you from the conference room to the cottage and back again, and will easily become your go to bag for all the adventures you pursue.

    Check them out and we think you will agree!

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Why not to get an Apple Watch

    Contrary to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to the universe is no longer 42, the new answer is Apple Watch.  At least this is the conclusion the myriad of alarms sounding across my many Apple devices is driving me toward.  The new universal question should be, what color wood Pad & Quill Stand for Apple Watch should I purchase to complete my new horologic experience, Mahogany or Cherry?  It seems the universal question within the tech world is whether Apple Watch will really be that big of a thing.

    “It’s just a ploy to sell more iPhone 6 and 6P.” That’s a bad thing?  Not for our many Apple Store reps and techies who like their jobs and the great peripherals like Macworld.com, 9to5mac.com, MacRumors.com and others.

    “It’s going to go flat with such a short battery life” (The Stand for Apple Watch makes that an awesome inconvenience).

    “People just don’t wear watches anymore.” Well it’s high time we get our noses out of our iPhones and Apple Watch facilitates this fluidly.

    Finally, Boomers abound who grew up watching our heroes like Batman, Dick Tracy, and James Bond fight for world peace with the aid of a multifunctional time piece.  As Tim Cook said, he’s been waiting to talk into a watch since he was ten.  He is not alone in that.

    However, if waking up in the middle of the night to stand in a virtual line in your jammies doesn’t excite you, then click over to Pad  & Quill and take a look at our new Valet Sleeve and Timber Case for iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

    Here’s a little preview:

    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck….?  Frankly, up here in MN we leave the chucking to the beavers and the selection of our premium hardwoods to our craftsmen.  The Timbercase for iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6 plus) is conscientiously crafted from locally sourced cherry and hickory woods.  Because Mrs. PQ would be quick to advise, when it comes to iPhones and woods it’s best not to be caught completely naked.

    Mrs PQ

  • Making Time Stand Still

    Tim Cook and team Apple just released the advent of a revolution in time keeping and smart watch technology; so why is Pad & Quill, crafter of exemplary cases and bags for all things Apple, rambling on about making time stand still?  Simple, the battery life of the new Apple Watch is somewhere south of 24 hours and the watch needs to be recharged every night.

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    We believe even this simplest of acts should be a beautiful extension of the design and engineering prowess which is exemplified in the Apple Watch.  So, we drew inspiration from Brian’s grandfather, an Irish Canadian, World War I veteran and lifetime salesman for Firestone tires (which at the start would have been revolutionary, as the company founded in 1900 pioneered mass production of the pneumatic tire).  At one point, Grandpa Mac’s unflinching work ethic and exemplary customer service was awarded with a timeless, Elgin gold pocket watch.  Each night, He wound that watch and set it by his bedside.

    As we contemplated the life changing potential of the Apple Watch and coordinated Research Kit and Health Kit software, in addition to the complex process of metallurgy and horology represented in the final product, it compelled us to reflect on the expansion of time past and future.  As we look back, we see the virtues of dedication, respect for customers, craftsmen and service partners, and an unwavering commitment to excellence embodied in a great man’s watch, and as we look ahead, we see unlimited potential for those who dream and work and strive to bring change and beauty to the world around us.

    With these timeless thoughts in mind, we crafted The Luxury Pocket Stand for Apple Watch, The Luxury Travel KitTravel Pouch and The Roll Up Kit for Apple Watch.  A gorgeous celebration of ageless craftsmanship and appreciation for the beauty found in natural resources.

    Brian and Kari

    Mr and 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)

  • The wait is worth it.

    There are days when writing a blog post are easy, and then there are days you wake up wanting to spend the day in baggy sweats listening to John Denver on Spotify and crying because all your children are leaving home and Mr. PQ told you last night’s roast was a little dry.  You’d be dry too if you’d spent two days cooking in a crockpot.  Whoever is squelching the patent on the cure for PMS should really spend eternity in Dante’s fourth ring of hell.  Seriously, if we can engineer a smart phone that slides the screen content up and down with a subtle tap on the home button, (Yea iPhone 6, my fun size fingers thank you!) I’d think we could come up with a countermeasure aimed at reducing the monthly pseudo psychosis and histrionics of half the world’s population.

    I’m not holding my breath, because while the aforementioned iPhone doesn’t bend, it does consistently send out random voice texts to people on my contact list.  Mr. PQ would suggest this might be due to the fact that I’ve stuffed 17 credit cards and ID’s into my Luxury Pocketbook, so it bulges like an African hippopotamus, and I seemingly forget to reengage the auto-lock after streaming a favorite radio program, so my iPhone is always “on”, ready to text. I disagree, and today, since I am working from the home office, wearing baggy sweats and listening to John Denver music, Mr. PQ knows I am right.

    I don’t mean to incite fits of jealousy in all of you awaiting delivery of your new Bella Fino, Luxury Pocket Book or Little Pocket Book (which is a serious misnomer, there is nothing little about iPhone 6 plus) but as a product tester, I am now on my third PQ iPhone 6 case.    Let me assure you, I’ve stuffed them, dropped them,sat on them and shoved them into the strap of my sports bra while I worked out; these beautiful works of  art are impervious to the rigors of an active life.  Our craftsmen and women are working tenaciously; so let the two-week countdown begin!

    Kari

  • A Wallet Free Life

    The Superior Hiking Trail is about 300 miles of glorious north woods trail, which meanders from hamlet to hamlet, campsite to campsite.  The College Quill and I have plans to complete a thru hike next summer.  (For the uninitiated and Mr. PQ a thru hike traverses the entire trail in one outing).  Due to my rigorous effort alongside 18 of my new best friends, we will need to hike 2 extra miles next summer.  I spent the glorious bulk of last Saturday wielding a McCleod spade and exposing 2 foot wide stretches of path.  As we labored, a fellow trailblazer and I conversed about various hikes and the ideal gear for locations and seasons. Humorously, we had both experienced hikes we approached looking for the world like REI models, only to encounter a pair of tourists clad only in pedal pushers and sneakers.  My first summit of a 14’er taught me that a Sherpa is redundant when there is a conga line of girl scouts and grandmas making their way to the peak.  By contrast, we had also ventured into the wild and encountered folks who had no business being there and ultimately were trekked out by wilderness emergency personnel.

    If you are an iPhone 6 or Apple fan of any stripe, you know where this is going.  Apple has released a new iPhone that reduces our need for a wallet.  Apple Pay’s tap, pick and tick renders the need to carry a plethora of credit cards obsolete.  With Touch ID, iPhone 6 assures the merchant that you are who you say you are.  Minimalists of the world rejoice!  Consumers weary from a biweekly replacement of debit cards because yet another merchant you frequent has been hacked will join me in a little Apple happy dance.  (I love you Eddie Cue!)

    All I need to carry now is my license for the benefit of the TSA, liquor store clerks, night club bouncers (who seem to mistake me for a 19 year old, seriously? Did you not see the gray in Mr. PQs beard?  Do I need to show you my maze of childbearing stretch marks?) and the little old lady who swipes my card down at the local petrol station.  Speaking of, I need a credit card for her and the handful of locations that will remain in the pre Tim Cook era.

    So a wallet free life, yes. A wallet independent life, not quite. This is where our NEW iPhone 6 cases and iPhone 6 Plus cases fit in perfectly. Crafted by hand with the gorgeous baltic birch, the best American cowhides and craftsman who's fathers, fathers have worked the craft.

    Mrs PQ

    Kari

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