You’ll never find a sexier selection of notebooks, calendars, envelopes, and business card holders than at Japanese stationery house Postalco in Tokyo, Japan. (That’s right—we just called paper sexy.) The brand, founded by husband-and-wife team Mike and Yuri Abelson, was born in Brooklyn in 2000 but has been operating out of Shibuya for more than a decade. In addition to gorgeous but pricey office goods—like special-edition notebooks that cost around $15—the duo makes handsome leather bags and the coolest rain capes. You can hunt down their products in Shibuya, at a newer location above Tokyo’s Kyobashi Station, and in design boutiques all over the globe. Our favorite stationery shop for Postalco scores, however, is oval in Mapo-gu, Seoul. The excellent Korean store carries fancy pencils, vintage dip pens, and paperweights for people who still appreciate the joy of putting old-fashioned pen to paper.
1-6-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan; +81-03-6455-0531.
2-2-1 Kyobashi Chuo, 1st Fl., Tokyo, Japan; +81-03-6262-6338.
48-29, Wausan-ro 29-gil, 3rd Fl., Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea; no phone.