Postalco relies on the finest craftsmanship and materials to create everyday items that will maintain their beauty and relevancy for a lifetime. The Geology Card Case has a simple design of two inner pockets that expand to hold an assortment of cards and folded bills. The pockets are made from pressed cotton canvas, made on the same machine that makes tent fabric. They are wrapped in a single piece of finished edge leather that has been shrunken to make it more dense and durable. This technique also caused a rippling texture in the leather that is thought to resemble an aerial view of mountains and streams. This wallet is handmade in Japan.Read the brand story
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- Goatskin leather and pressed cotton canvas
- Lightly water resistant
- Handmade in Japan
Made by Hand
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Is it possible to develop an object that we won’t get tired of in a year or two?
This question was the origin of Postalco. Mike Abelson, who founded the brand with his wife, Yuri, realized that “the cycle of designing, producing, and then throwing it all out the next season is extremely wasteful in terms of development effort as well as materials.”
However, the best designed objects can span decades and maintain their vitality and relevance. These are the kinds of things that Postalco aims to create. With an array of beautifully crafted notebooks, wallets, bags and keychains, Postalco merges quality materials with traditional craftsmanship from skilled Japanese artisans.
We want to have less things, but want them to last longer and be more meaningful.
Mike and Yuri were living in Brooklyn when they began making leather and cloth cases in 2000 from materials on hand for Yuri to carry around A4 sized paper. However, with factories and suppliers seeming to disappearing daily from the American landscape, the two struggled to find a manufacturer that could deliver the quality they required. A friend introduced them to a small leather workshop in Japan, “we realized within months that we’d have to be close to where things are made to have the quality we wanted, so we moved. We’ve been here ever since.”
Postalco items may not look particularly Japanese in style but we design keeping the special abilities of the craftsmen we know in mind.
While Japanese manufacturing is highly advanced with machinery and robotics leading the charge, in “what seems almost like a parallel world, ” traditional crafts have continued to thrive. “The new technology didn’t completely eclipse the traditional,” Mike explains, “ there are many old techniques of making that still exist in a pure way here, even if some are on the brink of disappearing.”
Even after 15 years Mike and Yuri are still inspired by the challenge to design items that will give traditional crafts a new relevance in our daily lives.