Raise your hand if you hate receiving generic greeting cards. (Ours are up high.) With the resurgence of unique handmade cards and stationery over the years, our card-giving standards have gone way up. Lucky for us, Portland is home to Egg Press, one of the oldest (since 1999!) and most beloved letterpress card companies in the world.
Tess Darrow, a textile design major, first conceived of Egg Press when she quit her job at Nike to pursue something that better blended her interest in graphic design with her degree. From there, she continued to grow the business, bringing on designer Kara Yanahawa and a small, close-knit staff of printers, woodworkers and fulfillment specialists. All of the cards are designed and printed in their amazing office and workspace in the Schoolhouse Electric building. (We had the opportunity to tour the space and had some serious office envy!)
What we love most about Egg Press is its unwavering ability to experiment with new ideas and stay creative after being in business for so many years. Their high-quality cards are colorful, quirky, hilarious and adorable—the perfect recipe for thoughtful cards that have the power to make someone’s day. And with recent acquisitions (they just took on the printing, production and distribution of another letterpress line—Hello Lucky—out of San Francisco) and a successful reveal of 55 new products for 2013 at the National Stationery Show in New York, we’d say they’re only getting better as each year passes.
Heads up: Egg Press is currently running a contest to win a year’s worth of FREE CARDS for your dad, but it ends today! Hurry over to their blog to tell them your favorite “dad-ism” for a chance to win.
2181 NW Nicolai
Portland, OR 97210
Written by: Lauren Kodiak
Photos by: Egg Press