There are at least two of us on the TUAW staff -- myself and Megan Lavey-Heaton -- who have a serious computer bag addiction. There may be more on the team who hide their "problem" more successfully than we do. When Megan and I saw yesterday's news from Minneapolis-based Pad & Quill about its new line of leather gear bags, the phrase "OMG" was on our lips almost immediately. The company is taking pre-orders now for the first batch of these bags to be delivered in time for St. Nick to put them under the tree.
The line is made up of The Satchel (US$309), The Field Bag ($329) and The Messenger Bag ($369). While these aren't exactly inexpensive, they're probably the last computer bags you'll ever need to buy. All three have a 25-year leather warranty and a 30-day, no-questions-asked return policy. They're made with full-grain American cowhide leather, use a twill woven waxed canvas in one of three colors (charcoal, navy and olive) and are even signed by the artisan who created your bag. Inside areas are lined with a soft orange, suede material, while each bag has a special tag crafted of cherry wood.
All three of the bags provide room for up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, with the differences being in the design (horizontal or vertical) and the amount of space and pockets on the inside. The Messenger Bag has an interior pocket large enough to house an iPad mini comfortably encased in one of P&Q's gorgeous iPad cases, in addition to your laptop, charging adapter and more.
Along with the new bags are a pair of sleeves designed for the 11-inch MacBook Air ($79.99) and 13-inch MacBook Pro/Air ($89.99). They provide that extra level of protection for your laptop when you slide it into another bag, whether or not it's one of Pad and Quill's.
We'll hopefully have one of these bags to review in the near future. In the meantime, start using every trick in the book to get your significant other to buy you one as a very special gift.