The Bindery Blog

  • Bright Lights, Big City, A Leather Apple Watch Band to Match

    Here at Pad & Quill, we definitely have a soft spot for our home city of Minneapolis. It's called the "mini apple" for good reason, with a huge theatre scene, obsession with food on a stick and green space stretching for literal miles, it's the New York of the Midwest with a whole lot more 'you betcha'. Enter a line of leather Apple watch bands, made in the heart of Minnesota.  While the Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch offers a sturdy full-bodied strap, the Lowry Leather Band for Apple Watch Series 1 & 2 comes with a slimmer feel and clean finish. With its classic look and traditional leather techniques, you’ll forget it’s holding a micro-computer and not a Timex.

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  • The Apple Watch Can Spit Water and Watch Bands Are Keeping Pace

    Here at Pad & Quill, we consistently strive to be Terminator of  Apple watch bands in terms of toughness and durability (not in terms of causing an evil apocalypse, though). With the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 2 and it’s ability to spit out water, there was some general excitement. However, most people were waiting for something bigger and reacted like this:

    We here at Pad & Quill, however, were relieved and excited about this new tougher Apple Watch because it gave us a chance to design a tougher watch band that can handle  anything, from world travels to grocery store runs for more Halloween candy. Enter the Field Band for Apple Watch Series 1&2 .

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  • 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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  • When You Look At Me

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    Mr. PQ and I wish for the Quills to be well rounded and to neither hold back nor be held back from exploring all the facets of their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. At times this has called for a little Mrs. PQ “mom nudge”, like signing the 5th grader up for tackle football league, knowing that linemen don't need so much coordination and team sports shouldn’t be defined by the ball hogs and the hyper-athletes who rule the soccer field at recess. Continue reading

  • Won't You Be... My Neighbor?

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    Being a neighbor is somewhat inevitable; unless you are the Unabomber holed up in a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere. I think we can all agree that there are some neighbors we like to have close enough to wave to, but not so close that you need to actually talk to them, and some neighbors you would donate a kidney to, even if it’s for their 3rd cousin twice removed.

    Be it the post-WWII tiny boxes neighborhoods or the post Y2K cubicle office spaces or the annoying people who insist you maintain them as a Facebook “friend”, you are going to have neighbors. Continue reading

  • New iPhone 7 Cases & iPhone 7 Plus Cases Leaked!

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    The new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus may not even be announced yet, but already we are already seeing iPhone 7 cases and covers being released into the wild. What can we learn about the new iPhone from the leaked case images? Continue reading

  • Mr. PQ, A Meandering Soul?

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    One would never describe Mr. PQ as a meandering soul, he is the prototypical entrepreneur driven by vision and optimizing resources in order to succeed. Our youngest son would never be described as “outdoorsy”. He has been known to decry our walks in the woods as a form of medieval torture and has been known to cry out, “why would anyone do this to themselves on purpose?” He is his father’s son. Unfortunately, while his soul may indeed be half robot, the other half tends towards the meandering kind, wandering Walden, albeit the latter appears a deeply recessive gene. Continue reading

  • 6 Essential iPad Pro Accessories & 1 Bonus

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    The iPad Pro is one awesome tablet. Whether you have the 12.9 or the 9.7, both are powerhouses and workhorses replete with refinement and classy design. A few of the best iPad accessories can really kick it up another notch, though. Check out this list of essential iPad Pro accessories to get the most out of your new tablet. Continue reading

  • Paper Bag Getaway To Crazy Town

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    For whatever reason, in spite of the overall square footage of the PQ house, our entire lives seem to be lived in about 200 square feet of living space, aka the kitchen and den. It’s no wonder then that Mr. and Mrs. PQ feel the somewhat frequent urge to rent a hotel room for the night. Twenty-six years of marriage has taught us that sometimes you’ve got to go crazy. First, the fact that we view a night in a hotel as “crazy” is a bit disconcerting, however, the fact that we still want to get away together generally outweighs any consternation. Continue reading

  • Leather 101- Leather Quality

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    There's nothing in the world like leather. It's been used for thousands of years as a textile to create durable, protective, and fantastic looking goods. It is a time-honored material and turning it into useable objects has been honed into an art that is like none other.

    However, if you are anything like us when we started this journey, we had no idea about leather grades, quality, tanning processes, or how to tell a good piece of leather from a cleverly painted piece of scrap hide.

    The truth is, not all leather is created equal. When buying a fine leather bag, leather jacket, wallet, iPad Case, or anything else, knowledge is power. Many so-called "leathers" are not what they appear to be. So this series will explore the amazing world of leather so you can avoid getting burned next time you are in the market for some great leather goods. Continue reading

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