• Pack Your Tote Bag for Travel: Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Carry On

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    When it comes to travel, it’s essential to have the perfect carry on. With airlines getting tighter seating everyday and flight delays abundant, no one wants to be stuck in the airport or on a plane without the essentials. Packing your tote bag for travel can feel like an overwhelming task, deciding what gets to come onboard and what will get checked to hopefully be seen again on the other side, but we’ve compiled our list of the top items to bring with you.

    The Absolute Essentials to Carry On

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    It’s good to start with the big things, packing them in and making sure they’ll fit snugly before throwing in the little pieces. Make sure to include your:

    • Laptop
    • Light Sweater
    • Notebook and Pen
    • Water bottle (empty to get through TSA)


    Make sure your laptop is stowed securely in a padded laptop sleeve so it can stay protected and use a designated water bottle strap to keep everything from tossing around. Packing layers will make mom proud and keep you warm. We love the Pad & Quill Journal Notebook, for tracking thoughts, making to-do lists and keeping your ideas sorted.

    The Secondary Items to Fill Up Your Tote Bag

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    After you’ve fit the big pieces into place, you can fill in the gaps with the smaller essential items. Remember to pack:

    • Travel-size toiletries
    • Headphones
    • Chargers + Compact Outlet Power Strip to charge multiple things at once
    • Snacks


    When it comes to the little pieces, personal preference will decide which direction you go in for packing. Need all your tech to travel? Investing in a TechFolio can help you organize your cords and charging essentials. Looking to maximize comfort, include your favorite toiletries, snacks and your iPad to watch your new favorite binge.

    Picking the Right Leather Tote for Travel

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    Perhaps the most important piece when it comes to packing your tote, is choosing the right one! A tote is an essential for travel, carrying everything you need and holding it together securely. While totes often are just catchalls for everything, at Pad & Quill, we wanted a bag that could be more than that. For us, a tote is meant to hold every piece securely but not require you to dig through it to find that one pen you need. That's why we included a padded interior pocket, external pockets and a clutch with wallet to let you carry every essential with ease.

    See great products like this and more at Pad & Quill

  • The Weekly Babble: Make Good Art

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    Join our founder Brian weekly, as he writes up his babbles, musings and thoughts from life as a father, entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. Read on to hear more from the life of the Pad & Quill team. 

    Hello Friends,

    One of the rules I preach to the team, is that we strive to make good art.

    The world is filled with beautiful things that are not that useful or useful things that truly lack style. A good example would be a handsome iPad case that falls apart in six months. That's bad art. For myself and the team, art in technology accessories should result in pieces that are uniquely beautiful yet useful and durable.

    This is a trial and effort commitment, I assure you. Some things we have worked on have truly stunk, others fantastically ugly. Then...sometimes we find something that is profoundly amazing. That's the best part of design!

    This quote from Neil Gaiman sums it up neatly:

    “And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.”

    Check out some of our Good Art!
    (in our humble opinion)

    Have a great week!

    (Mr PQ)

  • Buying Guide: Screen Protectors and Wallet Cases for Your iPhone 11 Pro

    Last month Apple announced the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. And while there were plenty of great new features including the 3 cameras, longer battery life and a new display system, one of the most exciting features was that the glass casing was supposed to be tougher than ever… even to the point of scratch resistance. However, a few weeks into sales, and reports have been trickling in of the phone scratching easier than any of its counterparts. We’ve collected the best ways to protect your iPhone 11 with a screen protector and wallet case so you can go back to focusing on how exactly to best use three cameras again.

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  • Interview with the Designer: The Gladstone Leather Duffel Bag

    Join us each month as we interview the designer behind some of our favorite Pad & Quill products. We'll talk design process, usability and more. Read on to hear about the Gladstone Leather Duffel bag.

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    This month Pad and Quill is giving plenty of love to the Gladstone Leather Duffle Bag. As both a functional duffle and leather laptop bag, it's the best of both worlds and can easily transfer from boardroom to business class with ease. We sat down with Brian, founder and designer of the bag, to learn about the inspiration behind the design.

    What was your inspiration for the leather duffle bag?

    leather duffel bagI'll always remember weekends up north with the family.  We were 2 years into making leather laptop bags at PQ when I looked around and realized I did not have a duffle to carry anything in.  I literally carried my stuff in a brown paper grocery bag.  That was the moment I realized I need to excercise my Mr. PQ design efforts into an actual duffle that I would love to carry.

    My inspiration for the Gladstone Duffle actually evolved from two things. A new friendship with a British fan of Pad and Quill and my love of the ‘Doctor's Bag’ closure. I had seen these types of bags in antique stores and occasionally on the production floor at our manufacturer.  That’s when I dug in and realized the Gladstone closure was purely British and truly remarkable in both appearance and function. My new British friend had no problem with the burden of prototyping it for me as well.

    What is your favorite part of a leather laptop bag?

    I think my favorite part of the bag, which is something I try to build into every single bag we make at PQ is accessible simplicity. I want something beautiful with easy access while still feeling secure.  The Gladstone Duffle has all of that.

    What exactly is herringbone fabric?

    leather duffel bagThe interior lining of our Gladstone Duffle is a herringbone fabric that is used in very high end upholstery. Herringbone patters are a beautiful classic texture that work well with the Gladstone design. This makes the bag significantly lighter, than those that use leather linings.  And when it comes to travel, it's essential to save on weight, which is why we love this fabric so much.

    Parachute grade stitching? Really? Explain.

    Yep. Parachutes. Sail cloth for performance sail boats.  Same stitching company, same quality UV resistant stitch. Designed to hold up for many decades when applied by skillful artisans. The same strong stitching is found in many of our products as well including our wallets!

    What the best way to pack and travel efficiently with these bags?

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    When packing your bag it's essential to start with the big heavy things to create a base. I'll put my Red Wing boots and Dopp Kit in the bottom first. Then it's just a matter of playing Jenga, with clothes and lighter goods in the nooks and crannies.  I generally place anything sensitive like my DJI drone or Sony camera in the middle so that it’s protected from all sides.

    A Leather Bag Meant To Go With You

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    The Gladstone leather duffel bag is as beautiful as it is versatile. With plenty of internal 'bucket' space and pockets, it's there perfect companion for all your travel needs. Bring yours home today from Pad & Quill.

  • The Weekly Babble: Chow Chow Times 2?

    Join our founder Brian weekly, as he writes up his babbles, musings and thoughts from life as a father, entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. Read on to hear more from the life of the Pad & Quill team. 

    Hello Friends,

    Another Chow Chow? Are you kidding Dad?

    That was the response of my youngest Quill (19 year old) when he found out that Dad was actually considering the adoption of a 2nd Chow Chow puppy.

    He really should not be that surprised. One aspect of my character is I don’t do boring. I like lots of variety in my life.  Therefore when you have a dog as cute as Philbert, it seems almost a moral imperative to give him a little sister.

    Right? I think I owe it to Philbert.

    Like the possible expanding variety of dogs coming to Mr PQ’s house. We are super stoked about our new Bella Fino Cases for iPhone X/XS and 11’s.  You can now tailor your leather iPhone case with a unique and protective strap color. Wait what? A strap? You mean something that wears out? Well, we thought that through too. It’s removable and replaceable!

    Have a great week!

    (Mr PQ)

  • How to Restore Your Genuine Leather Bag

    When you purchased your first genuine leather bag, you invested in a product meant to last. Why else invest in something so high quality? But with the unique beauty of full grain genuine leather, comes  great responsibility.

    Owning a high quality leather good for years can lead to plenty of wear and tear. Life happens. And by life we mean cats, coffee spills, babies and more. No matter what kind of wear and tear your bag has been through, we’ve collected the 5 best ways to restore leather and bring new life to your favorite leather bag.

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  • 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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  • The Most Protective Cases For the iPhone XS and XS Max from Pad & Quill

    best iphone xs casesProtecting your iPhone is protecting your investment. We gathered the best materials to make heavy-duty, rough and tumble cases that are svelte and timeless. We have an entire lineup of protective cases for the iPhone XS and XS Max. All of them are up for pre-order now and many of which are shipping out today. Continue reading

  • How to Organize Your New Leather Messenger Bag

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    You’ve brought home a new leather messenger bag and are hoping to instantly get using it. The full grain leather and Cordura fabric are ready for any adventure or business trip. But as you look at the countless pockets, sleeves, and compartments you begin to wonder how exactly to get the best use out of your newest leather bag. Here at Pad & Quill with a full lineup of tips and tricks to get the best use out of your newest Messenger Bag Continue reading

  • Leather Laptop Bags for Travel : Picking the Perfect Laptop Sleeve

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    Find a perfect leather laptop bag can feel as difficult as trying to pick out the perfect laptop. From the flimsy to the overbearing, a laptop bag has to keep your tech safe while traveling compact. From versatility to comfort, Pad & Quill has designed a perfect lineup of leather laptop bags for your every need. Continue reading

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