curiously curated antiques, hand crafted paper and bags

New York, United States

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Fela Cortes

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Fela Cortes


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Last updated on April 29, 2022

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Small. Happy. Growing.
Two cousins started Baba's 2nd, our small design company in New York City. Fela loves to work with paper and discovering beautiful props. Nepreil is a clothing designer and seamstress extraordinaire (she obviously inherited all the sewing genes from our Grandma).

We listen to lots of jazz vocalists, love weekly shopping at the Food Co-op , watching English tv (everything from Masterpiece Theater to Coupling to Bleak House..."Rent!"), dancing salsa, samba and making fantastic things with our hands while listening to This American Life.

Fela was lucky enough to work at the oldest stationer/letterpress shop in NYC for quite some time before returning to her former career - sourcing beautiful objects for stylists. Fela has decided to share some of the most special pieces on this etsy site.

We still see letterpress in our future (the great Kazoo told us so), though it may be down the road.

In 2007, we started PAPEL, a line of handmade limited edition cards and stationery. When the stars align and we feel the spark, we will introduce a limited edition run of cards.

For anyone addicted to the SHOE-IN, the couture shoebag made from special fabric, please specify if you'd like to order one with a divider (to keep your shoes separate but equal) or without. As always, use our shoebags to protect the unsung heroes of your day - your shoes! All of our cards and bags are handmade in our little Queens studio.

Thanks for visiting!

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Returns & exchanges

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PayPal is accepted.


Most orders leave our studio within 1-2 days. The SHOE-IN shoebag is made to order, so please allow 7-14 days before the order ships.
All orders are shipped via USPS unless a FedEx or UPS number is supplied by purchaser.

Please convo us and we will respond with the shipping cost.

Additional policies and FAQs

If you'd like any of our stationery or cards personalized, we can do that. Just convo or email us and we'd be happy to switch it up. Custom cards will incur a $2.00 extra charge. We'll add a special custom card item to the shop and you can purchase it, at that time.
To customize the SHOE-IN, there is no additional charge - if we have the fabric, we'll do it - it may take an additional day.


Gift wrap is available for a $10.00 fee. Please specify by adding a gift wrap selection to your purchase.

(Secret Gift)
Occasionally, we will send you a little present with your order. We love sharing and hope you like your gift.