Apr 08, 2016

As the digital revolution pulls us forward at an ever-increasing clip, putting pen to actual paper can feel like a political act. For most people, receiving a letter from a friend—handwritten, stamped, dropped into a post box, loaded onto a truck or airplane, and slipped into your mail slot—is as rare as seeing a rainbow. Which is why a few lines of text on a notecard tend to read like a proverb, while the same sentiment expressed in an email goes straight into the virtual trash.

Enter POSTALCO. A reverence for paper—for the ideas we choose to record on it, and for the systems we use to store and organize it—is at the heart of everything they do. For more than a decade, husband and wife team Mike and Yuri Abelson have been specializing in luxurious cloth-bound notebooks, exceptionally tailored wallets, and discreet document cases. After setting up shop in Brooklyn in 2000, the couple quickly realized that the skills they needed to produce their designs could only be found in Japan, and it's been their home ever since.

Their carrier pigeon logo suggests the personal and often improbable history that belongs to paper and letters. And their designs exude a warmth and appreciation for the things paper is destined to hold. Acute attention to detail and an almost scholarly approach to craft have earned them a devoted following among those of us who continue to take the long view. Join the movement.

Shop a selection of our favorite pieces from POSTALCO.

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