Our Story

“Play is for everybody, and hopefully, we play our whole lives.”
- Kyle Hawley, Creative Director & Founder of Letterpress PLAY


Our Story

Kyle Hawley founded Letterpress PLAY with two goals in mind: sharing the magic of letterpress printing with the world and encouraging others to consider sustainable choices. At Letterpress PLAY, we craft beautiful quality goods from our studio in Austin, TX and curate products from local artisans and makers. We believe everyone, big or small, deserves to experience the joy of creating with their hands. That's why it's our mission to foster community and play for everyone through our products.


Our Process

Using wooden type and letterpress machines, we let our imaginations run wild as we handcraft one-of-a-kind and sustainable toys, stationery, and garments. That's right – we do it all with mother earth in mind. All our products are made with biodegradable packaging, recyclable paper, natural dyes, organic cotton, and with zero-waste in mind.

 

Our Presses

Our experimentation and play mentality is rooted in letterpress, a vintage art form that allows us to create high-quality products with precision and intricate detail in hopes to cultivate moments of happiness and inspiration. As a tribute to pioneering women in print, we named all eight of our beloved letterpress machines after famous female printers who made a lasting mark on our world.


Our Bungalow

Located in the heart of Texas, our Austin-based storefront will delight and surprise you. Designed with beauty and functionality in mind, this creative space is a place to learn, explore and become inspired.  Our bungalow is the heart of Letterpress PLAY and brings the community together for workshops, open houses, and First Thursday celebrations. We hope you stop by the studio to see the presses in action or take part in a workshop and get hands-on experience printing.