Handmade in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
SweetWater Letterpress is a Los Angeles based artisan printing press specializing in hand crafted invitations, business cards, social stationery, greeting cards and limited edition prints. We blend our modern design with the meticulous craftsmanship of letterpress printing to create bold, one-of-a-kind pieces.
With a passion for typography, papers, inks and all things old, our work is a labor of love. We design, print, cut, and package all of our own custom work on our collection of antique letterpresses. Carefully crafting each sheet by hand, one at a time, we take great pride in our work and treat every project as our definitive effort.
Our presses are set up in front of the windows so you can see each piece as it's being printed. Customers often come by to see their project on press or what card we're printing as it is sure to be on the shelf later that week. Each of our presses, as well as our paper cutters, typefaces and tools are antiques. They are quirky, heavy and each noticeably different than the others. We've taken great care of them to ensure they are always in wonderful working condition, creating the best possible results.
If you're in the Los Angeles area, please visit us in Culver City. We're located at 10054 Culver Boulevard on the corner of Madison Avenue, directly across the street from SONY Studios. Our store hours are Monday through Friday 12:00pm - 8pm and Saturday by appointment.
Totally Custom Design.
We're a custom shop. It's not just invitations and business cards. We print wine labels, hang tags, posters, buck slips, bookplates, books, recipe cards and any other unique item you can dream up. When it comes to design, thats our strongest asset. We were designers before we were printers, back when everything went to print. Our staff loves design and everything we do starts with a Ticonderoga no 2 and a sheet of paper. While we specialize in design for letterpress, we also have many customers who work with us solely for our design solutions. Yep, logos too.
With over 20 years of art direction experience we create unique artwork for letterpress printing, offset and online usage. We're dedicated to working with each of our customers from individuals to studios, agencies to small businesses, to deliver the best results.
Whether you're looking for a unique design, a little cleanup or even a second opinion, we offer our services at competitive prices with premium quality. Give us a call today as the initial consultation is completely free.
One-Of-A-Kind Letterpress Invitations.
The big day, the big event or maybe just a really fun BBQ, a sweet sixteen or a 75th anniversary. Whatever the occasion, our letterpress invitations are designed specifically for you, by us. We don't use templates, third party artists or have books to search through. With the guidance of our designers, our handmade invitations allow customers to express their own individual style in a way that is exclusive to them. We work closely with our customers to evoke an emotional connection between the event and the recipient.
We Mean Business.
Let's get right down to business. Our standard house paper stocks are 110# Lettra and 118# Savoy, that's thick. Our premium stocks are 220# Lettra and 236# Savoy, that's really thick. We also carry a selection of recycled and wood fiber papers ranging from 120# to 140# weights and can order any custom papers on request. Business cards start at $205 for 250 one color standard cards and $240 for 250 one color premium cards, those are good prices.
We print one sided, two sided, paint the edges, foil, die cut and just about any other unique trick you can dream up. We work with your artwork, your designers artwork or we can create custom artwork for you. Our standard turnaround starts at 17-21 business days and for a 50% rush fee we can finish most orders in 10 days (edge painting and duplexing are not eligible for rush orders).
Personalized Letterpress Stationery.
There was a time when written communication connected loved ones across land and sea. When a handwritten letter was more than just words on paper but a visual and tactile pleasure. It's beauty savored and placed in a box for safe keeping… to read, again and again. Not in an email, not typed on an ipad, but hand written, in cursive, on both sides of a single sheet. Good quality paper devoid of lines and margins with no texturing or scenting. Just simple, clean, crisp white paper.
Our personalized stationery reinvents those timeless cherished pieces. Your name pressed firmly into the soft cotton fibers gives a subtle sophistication to your own personal identity. We work closely with our customers to capture their personality in typography, iconography, paper, layout and color. Add rounded corners, edge painting, custom printed envelopes or envelope liners for that extra touch of personality.
Retail & Wholesale Paper Goods
Our retail greeting cards, note sets, journals and paper goods are one of a kind and available in our Culver City store and online via Etsy. You can also find our paper goods in select boutique locations across the country. We print a limited amount of holiday cards for each occasion as well as a small line of general greeting, thank you, note cards, gift tags, calendars, journals and limited edition prints.
If you are a retailer who is interested in selling our products in your store, please fill out the form below and we'll get back to you with wholesale information and pricing.
SweetWater Letterpress is located just west of Los Angeles, in beautiful Culver City, California. Passers-by can take a step back in time as they look through the window at our fully functional letterpress shop in action or stop in our retail store to purchase the latest cards, notecards and stationery. And of course, we are always happy to help customers choose papers, inks and design for custom invitations, announcements, business cards or any other upcoming project or event.
If you're in the Los Angeles area, please visit us in Culver City. We're located on the corner of Culver Boulevard and Madison Avenue, directly across the street from SONY Studios.
10054 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Sat by appointment only
While we specialize in design for letterpress, we have many customers who work with us solely for our design capabilities. With over 20 years of design experience we create unique invitations, announcements, business cards, logos and more for letterpress printing, offset and online usage. We're dedicated to working with each of our customers from individuals to studios, agencies and small businesses to deliver the best results. Please email, call or stop in to the shop to discuss your upcoming project.
If you are a retailer who is interested in selling our products, please email or call for more information. We're always looking for new retailers and ship regularly around the world.
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