Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Laptop Bag for MacBook 12 review

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It has been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to review anything from Pad & Quill. They have recently released a new line of minimalistic bags engineered to carry your MacBook and a bit of EDC gear in old world style. For this review, I’ll be reviewing the Valet Luxury Laptop Bag for MacBook 12, an ultra-slim leather briefcase for the 12″ MB and smaller iPad Pro. 


Pad & Quill’s Apple-focused gear is always made from top quality materials with excellent workmanship, design and finish meant to withstand the test of time. And the Valet Luxury Laptop Bag for MacBook 12 is no different.


  • Fits the iPad Pro 9.7, or MacBook 12
  • Full-grain American bridle leather
  • Three leather options: Chestnut, Galloper Black, or Dark Chocolate
  • Hand-pounded copper rivets
  • Extra pocket area for iPad, journal or power cables
  • 2 Apple Pencil / pen slots
  • 1 catch-all compartment
  • Easy-carry top mounted handle
  • Specially cut easy-access opening
  • Parachute-grade nylon stitching
  • Classic Pad & Quill bookmark accent closure
  • Free Domestic Shipping
  • 25-Year warranty & 30-Day Money Back Promise
  • Dimensions: 12.25 in x 9.25 in x 0.6 in
  • Weight: 1 Lb.


The Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Laptop Bag is made from full-grain american bridle leather. The leather is soft, supple and very well finished. This sleek and slim satchel is held closed by an envelope style flap featuring Pad & Quill’s signature bookmark pull-through closure system with hand-pounded copper rivets for added style and strength. This simple, yet effective low-tech closure solution is much less likely to fail than any mechanical clasp or button system.


The leather sections are held together with parachute-grade nylon stitching done in black. All the stitched lines are straight and precise. The top of the bag has an easy-carry handle or the bag can be carried under the arm or in a larger carryall.




As its name describes, the Valet Luxury Laptop Bag for MacBook 12 is obviously engineered to carry Apple’s smallest retina display MacBook. Pad & Quill also says this slipper case can hold the 9.7″ iPad Pro as well. But in actuality, this P&Q leather briefcase is 12.25″ x 9.25″  x 0.6″ in size and can accommodate any 12-ish inch ultra-slim laptop/tablet or smaller.


Truth be told, (sadly) I do not have either the 12″ MacBook nor iPad Pro. But this Pad & Quill bag fits my Microsoft Surface Pro 4, 12″ Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, and iPad Air 2 very well.


Despite its slim design and minimalistic profile, the Valet leather bag can also hold power cables, smartphone (in the secondary pocket), a few pens and a bit of paperwork too.


The Valet Luxury Laptop Bag is an ideal size and weight to carry your MacBook and essentials between meetings, to the coffee shop or toss them in your sports bag to protect them from your other gear.


The Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Laptop Bag is available in three color options: Chestnut, Dark Chocolate, or Galloper Black. Along with the 12″ MacBook, Pad & Quill also makes these minimalistic satchels for the both MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros as well.

Pad & Quill backs their Valet line of bags with a 25-year warranty.

Truth be told, while I have a 15″ MacBook Pro I requested the 12″ version of this leather sleeve to not only carry my tablets but hopefully motivate me to buy one of the new retina display MacBooks for my travels. My bottom line is the Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Laptop Bag for MacBook 12 is very well made from top quality materials design to not only protect your tech but do so in classic style.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Pad & Quill. Please visit their site for more info.


Product Information

Manufacturer:Pad & Quill
  • Very well made with top quality materials
  • Great minimatistic design
  • Handmade with old-world craftsmanship
  • Good pocket design/layout
  • Protective
  • None

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  2. How well does this fit the Surface Pro 4? I am very interested in this piece, but I do not want something in which my SP4 is going to rattle around in. If it is a bit loose, do you believe it will allow me to put my SP4 in a neoprene case before sliding in to the Valet?

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