The Bindery Blog

  • Nothing Cool is Flat

    Mr. PQ and I have taken a break from all the iPhone 6S hoopla to travel to the Great state of Texas to convene a meeting with our marketing team.  Intent on best serving our customers by keeping them up to date on all things Pad & Quill.

    Mr. PQ, seeking some mental motivation, ventured to the hotel’s snack bar and returned with a box of Cracker Jacks.  iPhones and MacBook pushed aside, we embarked on a philosophical conversation about Cracker Jack prizes.  Back before choking hazards were found in every thing Froot Loops to Kinder Eggs, there were real prizes in cereal and Cracker Jack that would inspire civil war in most families.

    Our conversation turned nostalgic as we recalled the best prizes like the little parachute man, super balls and decoder rings.

    Mr. PQ got a sticker.  Not just any sticker, a Toronto Blue Jays sticker.  But we are in Texas where the Houston Astros are on the verge of cinching a American League playoff spot and the Texas Rangers have already sewn up the AL West division.

    We concurred that prizes simply aren’t what they used to be, causing Stephen to quip, “Nothing cool is flat”.  Hence the reason he still carries an iPhone 3g.  I on the other hand was happy to jump to the candy bar style of the iPhone 4.  What woman doesn’t want a reminder to buy chocolate every time they open their bag?  Now with iPhone 6 or 6s, who needs Cracker Jack, I’ll get my own darn prize ☺

    Mrs PQ


  • iPhone 6S line waiting

    Mr PQ has left me to stand in the iPhone 6S line at our local Apple Store, because, in case you haven't heard iPhone 6s and 6s Plus arrives at retail stores tomorrow. I haven't been much of a line stander since he had us queue up in our sleeping bags and overnight on the sidewalk to snag an iPhone 4S in 2011. I had to hide my shoes inside my bag so they wouldn't "walk" away in the middle of the night, and I'm still scrapping gum off my bag.

    Well there is no line as yet, so I'm off to run the lakes, because after all, what Mr. PQ doesn't know won't hurt him.

    Mrs PQ


  • Good Idea, Naked Idea

    Good Idea: maximize your time by fitting in a workout between training clients.

    Bad Idea: Leave your work out clothes at home.

    Good Idea: Decide to do your weight sets in spite of wearing your personal trainer uniform pants. Should work, you move in multiple planes while training clients, how is this any different?

    Bad Idea: Going with “should work”

    Good Idea: Walking lunges with arms extended overhead and holding a 35 pound weight to build stabilizer muscles for hiking and rock climbing.

    Good Idea: Listening to a sweeping rendition of Con Te Partiro on your iPhone 6 while doing said lunges.

    Bad Idea: pay no attention to static sound that has never been present in this piece before.

    Good Idea: don’t allow distractions to interrupt your workout, keep lunging.

    Bad Idea: Keep lunging until you realize that “static noise” was really your work pants splitting open from crotch to knee, exposing you for all the world to see.

    Good Idea: remembering to throw on jammers when you got dressed as a little extra insurance against wardrobe malfunction.
    Insurance that anticipates wardrobe malfunction is priceless when walking down the hallway at the Y with your leg gaping out of your work pants.

    The other day I read a great article at The Loop Insight about Apple iPhone 6s upgrade program. I’d summarize UP like this: The iPhone 6s upgrade program is essentially like leasing a car, except Apple provides the insurance against theft or damage via Apple Care and you can opt up to newer model without breaking your lease. Seems like a win win for Mr. PQ who can’t resist an technology upgrade.

    Mr. PQ also can’t resist redundantly dropping his iPhone 6 Plus from his desk, the table, his Jeep, all just to prove the point to me that our new leather Traveler Case for iPhone 6s/6s Plus is indestructible.

    Being trained in the detection of concussions, I would highly recommend the average person not drop their iPhone repeatedly to prove this point, Apple Care or not. An iPhone has no neck muscles and doesn’t wear a bite guard, so I can just see it’s poor little brains getting squished around with each impact like it’s been popped by an NFL linebacker.

    Being popped by an NFL linebacker is a bad idea, just ask Peyton Manning.

    Buying a gorgeous leather iPhone 6s/6s Plus from Pad & Quill is quite possibly the best good idea you could have all day.


    Mrs PQ

  • Mom, I want your iPhone 6S

    “Mom, can I see your phone?”
    “Mom, how is your iPhone?”

    Normally when one of my kids wants my iPhone it is either to play a video game that requires a larger screen like the iPhone 6S or it is because they want to enact some treachery on their technology deficient mother, like planting “shortcut” bombs into my keyboard or switching the home screen to something unseemly.

    However, with the pending arrival of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, two fortunate Quills are getting an upgrade as the release of each new Apple model generates a succession of hand me downs that rivals the excitement of opening day for Star Wars,The Force Awakens. Oh, who am I kidding? Mr. PQ will have us lining up for the midnight of the midnight showing in December.

    The fortunate kiddo who inherits my iPhone 6 is diligently insuring that it is well tended. Dear, it’s been in a Luxury Pocketbook since day 1, and it is in immaculate condition, except for the fact that it replaces the word “four” with a naughty word every time I type it, but I’ll leave you to figure that out.

    While we await Star Wars and the new Apple Tv to arrive in stores, we have iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases to make ready. Our design team has been busy crafting new cases and reengineering old ones and we are pretty darn thrilled with what has evolved.

    The Traveler for iPhone 6/6 Plus and for iPhone 6s/6 (you have no idea how nice it is that the “S” models keep their original body) takes all the great features of our original bumper case, and rolls them into a rugged, clean-cut case that defies drops, and drags (but not drips-it isn’t quite otter proof).

    Sadly, none of our cases are water-bottle proof as Mr. PQ discovered last week when he left his iPhone 6 Plus on the seat with a open squirt top, it slowly dripped the life out of his phone; this made for an anguished heir until we discovered Dad had Apple Care. #abrandnewphoneareyoukiddingme?!

    On the Customer Service front, we would like to announce that all of our gorgeous leather wallet and sleeve style cases will accommodate an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. Did I mention how happy we are the dimensional specs didn’t change?

    So, after you finish mentally downloading and sorting the span of data from Apple Event, pop over to the Pad & Quill store and commence accessorizing. For all you hand me down-ees, nothing says brand freakin “new” like a gorgeous Pad & Quill iPhone case, so live it up with some coupon love from Mrs. PQ. (can we have a #youngersibling coupon for 10% off iPhone 6/6P inheritors?)

    For 10% off any order, Coupon Code: MOMS6


    Mrs PQ


  • Wine from Gatorade

    Mrs PQ is busy prepping for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases in Addition to prepping the Quills assault on higher education and the oncoming school year.  She will return with musings and hilarity next week.  Not that she thinks she so insightful or funny, but summer is over, back to routine and as Jimmy Fallon Tweeted: "First day of school, the day moms can go back to drinking their wine in clear glasses rather then a Gatorade bottle."

    Big Apple week coming up, big announcements here at PQ!


    Mrs PQ

  • Granny Panties

    Some friends of mine and I were recently discussing our adventures with surfing, focusing primarily on the times when, having been rolled by a wave, we exited the surf with significantly less clothing on then when we entered. Being as we were all wearing bikinis at the time, there isn't much modesty remaining when a significant amount of your clothing is shredding down the beach with the returning tide. We all agreed that about the only antidote to death by embarrassment (bar ass just shouldn’t be the formative part of that word) was to observe someone else in the same predicament. Never underestimate the value of a sympathetic soul.

    I have recently grown a very sympathetic soul for grannie panties. Not because I have aged up to that category of lingerie, but rather because a few of our customers have been blighted by this affliction of their iPhone case. At least that is what they have taken to calling the over stretching of the elastic band on their Little Pocket Book, Luxury Pocket Book, or any of the many products we sell that enclose by this method.

    At Pad & Quill, we strive to source materials that are durable, functional and beautiful. However, just as those silky sundries the senior gals don in the locker room at my local gym tend to fail under consistent duress, so too will some elastic bands begin to show age and wear.

    Which is why we offer the PQ public a repair service. Dawn the Queen of Fulfillment deftly replaces cracked wood, destickified adhesive tape and most importantly granny panty elastic bands. Our crack customer service staff, who recently revealed to us the secret handshake that allows you to send a “mooning” emoticon via Skype, will be happy to inform you the procedure for initiating a repair or advise you if replacement parts can be mailed to you gratis.

    While iPhone 6s and 6S Plus are about to be unveiled to the public, there are still those who will remain faithful to their 4’s and 5’s, for you frugalians, this post is for you.


    Mrs PQ

  • Force Touch or Free Touch

    Mr. PQ wants me to write my assessment of the pending iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. I imagine this has more to do with the fact that I keep referring to the new “free touch” feature and that he has been away on business for a week; Mrs. PQ talking free touch is sounding pretty sexy right about now. While dreams of “free touch” have floated through Mr. PQ’s head, I’ve occupied my evenings reading up on MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, The Loop, CNET, Wired etc to broker an understanding of what all the hub bub is about.

    Last night I learned that there is no such thing “free touch” in Apple iPhone parlance; rather the term is “force touch" which frankly doesn’t sound appealing at all. Especially as I just took the 18 year old to AT&T to swap out yet another iPhone that she has “force touched” through 3 replacement glass screens, a home button and ultimately an entire 5c encasement. I frankly don’t think the words “force” and “touch” should be used in tandem any where near a child who mountain bikes and rock climbs, generally with her iPhone in her back pocket.

    I do like the rumor that the 6s series may be constructed from the same aluminum as that used in Apple Watch. Yes, the phone will be stronger, but better still, we will get to hear Jony Ive say al-lu-minium repeatedly…simply dreamy.

    I’m certain there are any number of intelligent things I could say about the S upgrade, but I will leave that to those far more adept. In the mean time, my thoughts will linger on the new, magnificently crafted Pad & Quill women’s leather Apple Watch bands Mr. PQ is returning with, picking up a bottle of wine and some quality free touch time when Mr. PQ returns later this evening.


    Mrs PQ

  • Today my name is Jezebel

    Whenever Siri sasses me, as she is frequently wont to do, my rejoinder is inevitably that of Linus, as spoken to his femme fatale, in A Charlie Brown Christmas, “Jezebel was the evil wife of king Ahab in the Old Testament. In II Kings, it says that her servants threw her out the window and she landed on her head.”

    Just as Linus’ new love interest was intent on keeping him guessing, so Siri Apple Watch changes identities faster then Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.  (Loved this character!)  Last week, Siri and her Activity Watch app went all in as psychotic personal trainer.  Mr. PQ and I took some much-needed time away, reviving ourselves in the brilliant, blue-sky town of Breckenridge, CO.  While Apple Watch granted me 9 minutes of heart pounding exercise for 2 hours of bear climbing up a bowl with a 40 percent grade, Mr. PQ was gifted 40 minutes just for ambling down the street to the local coffee shop.  12 minutes for a 3-hour rigorous ascent of Baldy Mountain, while Mr. PQ received 10 minutes for commuting up the jeep trail.  She keeps this up and she will not be getting an upgrade to her wardrobe compliments of our new Pad & Quill Apple Watch Bands.

    Who will be getting an upgrade is my new Pad & Quill Backpack.  We humped our haversacks over miles of rock and trail, ascending to the highest chairlift in North America, and they performed sublimely.  My PQ backpack is now to be named my Favorite Daypack for Adventures.  While I generally carry a Camelbak trail running pack, I was very happy with how my Pad & Quill pack performed in rucking my hydration and nutrition in addition to extra layers and sundries up and down the mountain trails.  While not suitable for a multi day trail excursion (we are working on accessories to enhance that ability) I was pleased with the overall balance and adjustability of this pack.  Unlike its nylon/synthetic counterpart, this leather and wax canvas creation will not be worn out by years of rugged use, weather, and the occasional tumble down a cliff.  A good backpack is an investment, and my field research tells me this one is worth every dime.

    Siri on the other hand…..


    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.

    thumbnail 7 Apple Watch Band in British Tan with polished black hardware
    Thumbnail 1 42mm Apple Watch Band in Chocolate Brown leather
    38mm Apple Watch band in Whiskey leather 38mm Apple Watch band in Whiskey leather

    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.


    Mrs PQ


  • Sharknado 3 and a Macbook Case

    Mr. PQ has tasked me with promoting our new Luxury Leather Valet and our Cartella Linen bookbindery MacBook case for the ultra sleek Macbook 12 with retina screen. However two problems exist. First, the keyboard on the Macbook has a quirky new keyboard that for all the world sounds like the the tapping of the aliens in the movie Signs. If you don’t think that is distracting then you really ought to revisit that cache of terror and suspense. From what I understand, Apple did this on purpose so folks can hear themselves typing, I just fashioned ear muffs to my tinfoil hat so I’m all good. The other dilemma being that tonight is the global premiere of 'Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No!'. Yes, I too want to be inducted into the “Royal Order of the Golden Chainsaw.” The youngest Quill and I are closet fans of the franchise and pretty much fall off the couch laughing while watching.

    Well, our artisans weren’t tasked with building a 60 mile tower of flames that can burn hotter then the surface of the sun to stop the shark apocalypse, but they were asked to design a luxurious full grain leather valet sleeve that could survive a daily commute on the NYC subway system. Our Cartella Linen moleskin journal style Macbook case has never withstood an alien assault, it has stood up to drops, cycle crashes and a dog named Bear who can’t help but chew anything I’ve touched. So whether you are looking for a rugged, archival quality bookbindery case or a sleek, luxurious leather Valet, Pad & Quill has you covered. Regarding protection from sharks attacking from outer space...well...good luck.


    Mrs PQ


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