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Postalco Business Card Holder & Wallet
Compact, two-pocket business card holder and small wallet. Made of fine calfskin and pressed fabric. Available in three colors: red, olive green and light green. Made in Japan. Ships free. (more info)
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. This item, however, also tidily fits dollar bills, subway tickets and credit cards.
The Postalco wallet fits snugly in the pocket or the hand, at a mere 4.3” x 2.75”. Leather on the outside, pressed cotton fabric on the inside, adorned with subtle but strong stitching, it 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. At the time, Mike was a designer at Jack Spade, and he invented 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 it happens, pat the wallet down right away with a soft cloth to avoid water stains and rippling. To keep the leather supple and nourished, rub in a protective leather conditioner when you first get it, and again once or twice a year. You can also use a bit of the leather conditioner and a soft cloth to clean off surface dirt.
The pressed cotton fabric is made with the same machines that wove the sturdy old canvas tents of yesteryear, so you know it will last through a thousand openings and closings. The fabric has a light water resistant coating – enough to protect but not too much to cover up the natural feel of the fabric. If the fabric gets wet, pat with a soft cloth and let it air dry. Don't rub at the cotton aggressively, this can remove the dye and cause undue fading and 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 their understated, unpretentious, clean sense of style. Their love of Japanese craftsmanship brought them to Tokyo where they seek to perfect the design 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.
POSTALCO のレザーアイテム, Daily At Kawaramachi
Prometheus Unbound by Jack Weatheford, Lapham's Quarterly
Posting Postalco, Style Salvage
Leather Tanning, Kaufmann Mercantile Blog
Organic Cotton, Kaufmann Mercantile Blog
4.3'' x 2.75'' (pockets are slightly smaller than dollar bill)
–Pressed cotton fabric
–Black leather with black pressed cotton inside
–Dark brown leather with olive green cotton inside
–Caramel leather with light green cotton inside