SUNSPEL HAS TEAMED UP WITH JAPANESE CRAFTSMEN FROM POSTALCO TO DEVELOP A UNIQUE RANGE OF STYLISH WALLETS, CARD HOLDERS AND NOTEBOOKS.
Sunspel has a long-established connection with the Far East. During the late 1800s our early hosiery and smocks were exported to China, and it was this relationship with the Far East that established us as one of England’s finest makers of luxury clothing.
Five years ago, while travelling in Japan, we discovered the exquisite craftsmanship of Postalco. Postalco originated in Brooklyn in New York, but now promotes its ‘know how’ from Tokyo.
Impressed by its unreserved obsession not only with paper accessories and stationery but also with the way these items are presented (fitting then that their logo is a carrier pigeon), we saw in Postalco a company with a common understanding of simplicity and craftsmanship. Its design talent and perpetual quest for quality embodies the values that Sunspel holds dear. It was the perfect partner with which to collaborate on a unique range of accessories.
When the Postalco and Sunspel design teams were developing this new range, it was their mutual love of detail and skill that came to the fore. The final inspiration sprang from a find in our archive, a little scrap of paper featuring a hand-drawn sketch of a prototype fabric conceived by a Sunspel technician in the 1950s. The drawing had been examined by our current fabric technician John and labelled as ‘fantastical and impractical’, which explains why it had remained a mere scrap of paper in our archive.
Now, the print has been playfully re-appropriated as a printed cover on a notebook, screenprinted onto cotton, and then painstakingly stitched into leather wallets and cardholders. Thus this discarded ‘loop’ print has been transformed into exceedingly sophisticated stationery and accessories, each one handmade and unique. Every item is available only in extremely limited numbers.
SHOP THE COLLABORATION
The ‘Postalco for Sunspel’ collaboration is available online at sunspel.com and in our two London stores.