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Postalco Document Case
Soft calfskin leather and pressed cotton carrying case. Fits notebooks, legal pads, laptops. Measures 10.5” x 14” x 2". Available in light green, red, black, olive and navy. Handmade in Tokyo. Ships free. (more info)
Postalco started in Brooklyn, New York, from the minds of husband-and-wife team Mike and Yuri Abelson. The company is an ode to packaging and the written word — and as odes go, everything is made with care, detail and respect. Mike, a product designer, and Yuri, a graphic designer, built careers combining the beauty of simple, clean lines with functionality and good mechanics. This shows in the materials they choose, and in every flap, fold and closure of their products.
This document case is the product that launched the company — something Mike made for the papers crumpled into the bottom of Yuri’s bag. He labored away, toiling with the amount of folds in its creases, the right kind of pockets inside, and the perfect size, until he had it just right, with no stitch left unaccounted for.
Shortly after, they moved Postalco and themselves to a simple warehouse on a quiet Tokyo street, where they could partner with detail-oriented and perfectionist Japanese craftsmen to create the ideal products. One could say this is the perfect place for Postalco — unpretentious and serene.
This labor of love comes in 5 colors: light green, olive green, red, black and navy blue. The calfskin leather comes from Italy and the pressed cotton is woven in Japan with on hardy antique canvas looms. A little slot for your pen sits on the back flap, and inside are 2 flat pockets, the sized for business cards or other small notes one wants to keep pressed and unwrinkled.
At 10.5" x 14" x 2", this fits any legal size paper pad or portfolio, not to mention makes a beautiful and surprisingly sturdy case for a laptop. Beats the typical laptop briefcase designed by accountants, that’s for sure.
Keep your papers tidy and in order, but feel free to slide a Macbook and several small notebooks inside this document case — it might look thin, but this guy can pack it in. Wind the little cord around the button on the flap to close or open the case.
The leather is strong yet smooth, and over time, will develop a patina of its own. Rub a little leather polish into the flaps once in a while to keep things looking glossy and beautiful for years to come. Like all leather, avoid getting it wet. Soaking in water can cause it wrinkle and warp, so just be careful and wipe it down as soon as you can if that does happen. Same goes for the cotton — just lightly pat with a little paper towel and you should be fine.
The pressed fabric is made with the same machines that wove the sturdy old canvas tents of yesteryear, so you know it can withstand several openings and closings a day and not even flinch. It will slightly soften and fade over time, giving it character. There’s a light waterproof coating on the pressed cotton, but it doesn’t look or feel waxy, and you can still feel the natural cotton texture. All of the materials are made and assembled in Japan, except for the leather which is Italian — only the best for the Postalco document case, made by a quality-obsessed designer for his wife.
10.5" H x 14" W x 2" D
– Calfskin leather
– Pressed cotton
– Light green
– Olive green