About Us

Our Why

Pad & Quill is a family business whose aim is to make versatile artisan-made bags and leather accessories that blur the line between profession and play. Using only the highest quality materials and workmanship, each piece is thoughtfully designed to meet the demands of our modern age while honoring the traditions of the past; where so many brilliant ideas begin with a Pad & Quill.

Our Story

As a couple, and business partners, we started this business with $1200 and a vision for creating unique products that bring the timeless designs of the past (Mrs PQ) with the modern technology of today (Mr PQ). We painted our web designer’s deck in exchange for a website and worked with local artisans to create 4 quality prototypes and started selling iPad cases online in 2010. After 3000 cases shipped out our basement window, Kari was done with our office taking over the basement, so we moved to our current warehouse located in a historical building on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis.

Our Promise

We are proud to work with some of the best craftsmen & women on the planet to make beautiful durable goods that will last. We refuse to compromise our quality or our integrity. All materials are responsibly sourced and our artisans take pride in their work and workplace. We do this so we can sleep well at night, and so can you. We not only feel free to say this, but we also back up our confidence with warranties that speak for themselves. Pad & Quill is first and foremost a family, and we treat our family well.

At Pad & Quill, we have a code we call our litmus test:

  • Is the product made with handcrafted quality by well-trained artisans?
  • Have we created something that our discriminating friends and family would be proud to own?
  • Is our product organic, sourced from natural elements and in keeping with good stewardship of our environment?
  • Have we maintained our dedication to preserving what is valuable from the past while merging with the remarkable technology of the present?
  • Did we exhaust ourselves in pursuit of excellence?

Only when it has passed our litmus test & honored our code, can a product be inscribed with the Pad & Quill Ampersand.

(Brian and Kari)