The Brooklyn Social Cards enterprise is a joint venture, established in 2008, between seasoned Brooklyn letterpress printers Breck Hostetter (Sesame Letterpress) and Rebecca Kutys (Moontree Letterpress). Both businesses had increasingly frequent requests for letterpress printed business cards and pleas for help on where to begin with the custom design process.
As entrepreneurs, we are always inspired to help enterprising people take their work to the next level by providing fine letterpress printed business cards. In effort to keep the design and ordering process simple and affordable for our clients, we decided to collaborate to develop a letterpress collection that represents our preferred designs, the best paper stock and a variety of ink colors.
By offering a few custom options throughout the process, clients can use one of our collection templates to create a totally unique letterpress card to represent their business. Although the designs are standard, we do treat each card as a custom layout and carefully adjust the type and spacing to be sure everything fits well and looks polished.
Back in 2005, we were both operating our own letterpress studios (one block apart) in Dumbo, Brooklyn. In those early days we were sharing our studio spaces with other artists/designers, and would often check in with each other on issues like press troubleshooting and the day-to-day challenges of running small businesses in New York City. In the process, we became really great friends. In 2007, we were both looking to expand our space and decided to lease a large letterpress space together in Brooklyn. While we continued to operate our own businesses separately, we were able to share resources while also leaning on each other for moral support and entrepreneurial comradery.
In 2008, we teamed up to create Brooklyn Social Cards. For the first time, this collaboration allowed us to work together directly (Breck handles correspondence and design, with Rebecca printing and shipping each order). Once we launched our new website, the process worked seamlessly and our new small letterpress business was off to the races. In 2010, Rebecca moved back to her native Pennsylvania and the transition couldn't have been smoother. Today Brooklyn Social Cards maintains headquarters in Dumbo, while Rebecca prints and ships from beautiful Bucks County, PA.
We love that our joint venture has allowed us the opportunity to work together and stay in such close touch all these years, and we'd like to thank the hundreds of great clients we've worked with since 2008. This year we are celebrating our 10th year anniversary with lots of improvements to our website and ordering process. We look forward to providing you with great customer service and excellent craftsmanship for many more years to come! -Breck and Rebecca