The Japanese have a formal procedure for presenting business cards, or meishi, where the cards must be read aloud, bowed to, and stowed away neatly in a leather case with the highest ranking card placed on top. Designed for everyday use and tidily fits dollar bills, subway tickets and credit cards.
The Postalco wallet fits comfortably in pocket or hand, at a mere 4.3 x 2.75 inches. Leather on the outside, pressed cotton fabric on the inside, adorned with subtle but strong stitching. Comes in three varieties: brick red, olive green and black.
Based out of Tokyo, Postalco is run by Mike and Yuri Abelson. The brand originated in Brooklyn, New York, where Mike worked as a product designer and Yuri, his wife, a graphic designer. One day Mike found Yuri's paper materials cramped in her bag. With prior experience as a designer for Jack Spade, Mike was able to invent a leather-bound legal envelope to neatly tuck away Yuri's papers. The simple, utilitarian envelope become an initial step to starting Postalco.
The subtly textured cross grain leather will wear nicely over time and develop its own patina unique to the owner of the wallet.
Postalco uses naturally cured and tanned leather. Like all leather, avoid getting it wet. If wetness occurs, pat the wallet down right away with a soft cloth. To keep the leather supple and nourished, rub in a protective leather conditioner when you first get it, and repeat once or twice a year. You can also use a bit of the leather conditioner along with a soft cloth to clean off surface dirt.
The sturdy pressed cotton fabric will last through thousands of openings and closings. The fabric has a light water resistant coating—enough to protect but not too much to cover up the natural texture of the fabric. If wetness occurs, pat down with soft cloth and allow it to air dry completely. Don't rub at the cotton aggressively, as this can remove the dye and cause undue fading or light spots.
The natural dyes on the fabric will soften and lighten with age.
Postalco's store on the 4th floor of a quiet building in a working class neighborhood in Tokyo, is a location befitting to their unique sense of style. Their love of Japanese craftsmanship brought them to Tokyo, where they seek to create a line of simple, utilitarian items.
Mike and Yuri work closely with the craftsmen who make their products, discussing the placement of every stitch and fold. And at the core of their designs is a deep respect for the skill of the workers; Mike insists that the understated and precise construction of Postalco's paper and leather goods are of a caliber that can only be made in Japan.
Each Postalco wallet is subtly adorned with their logo, a carrier pigeon, the World War II messengers that were trained to fly with tiny pouches strapped to their backs, relaying notes and medicine vials of utmost urgency.
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