WHAT WE DO

Hammerpress is a letterpress print shop and design studio located in Kansas City, Missouri. We make all kinds of letterpress cards, stationery, ephemera, show posters and art prints here in our studio in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District.

Our shop front is a hand-crafted retail space offering our entire line of letterpress products, along with a curated selection of home goods, personal accessories and desk supplies. On a visit to Hammerpress, you may overhear the presses clanking, peer back into the print shop in operation, experience the nostalgic scent of ink and paper and listen alongside us to the ever-changing shop playlist.

Here in the shop, we design and print every single one of our signature letterpress cards and prints. We also offer custom letterpress printing and design services, which can include business cards, identity development, personal stationery, wedding suites and event invitations. For more about our custom services and to request a quote, head over to our Custom page.

OUR HISTORY

Owner Brady Vest established Hammerpress in 1994 after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute. At the time, the shop consisted of one old press and a cabinet of type. Hammerpress quickly earned recognition by creating distinctive record covers and show posters for independent bands and printing letterpress jobs for local design firms.

20 years later, Hammerpress has grown to a small team that strives to create and produce lovely letterpress products and continue the craft of letterpress printing. Now one of the most widely known letterpress studios in the the United States, Hammerpress has garnered much attention for our distinct approach to typography and design.

WHAT IS LETTERPRESS PRINTING?

Letterpress printing is the process of using metal or wood type that is inked and pressed against paper. It is a relief printing technique that produces an impression in the paper making it distinctively different from offset printing. Originally, letterpress was limited to the type and ornament that a print shop had "on file" (big, heavy type cabinets), however, now we can design for letterpress digitally and have plates made of the final design for print.


Our People


BRADY VEST
founder


MATT McNARY
designer


JENN ROGERS
designer


BRITTA RICE

wholesale manager


DEBBIE SWAN
fulfillment manager


BOBBY HOWSARE
press operator


FELICIA KOLOC
press operator


BEN JONES
press operator