Our Story

The Inkwell Press is a branding and merchandising company located in the St. Roch neighborhood of New Orleans.  Since 2007 we have taken pride in printing and decorating garments for local small businesses, social aid and pleasure clubs, brands, bands and entrepreneurs. We aim to improve our relationships by giving back to our community and we take pride in supporting the cultural economy of New Orleans.

If you are interested in corporate branding guides, logo creation, designs for your brand or for LIVE printing activations reach out to us at [email protected].
We can also build custom online stores and handle shipping fulfillment for select clientele.
Please inquire within.

We have recently started an online webstore of our own to showcase our workers’ creativity.  Check out that site here: LAZYFAIRE.COM

 

THE FULL STORY

 

The Inkwell Press unofficially began in late 2004 in this backhouse garage in Gentilly. The founder, Gabriel Flores, had been working in the screenprinting industry for 6 years, and decided to start his own business to cater to other artists, designers and musicians. He acquired an old Antec Legend 4-color manual press from his employer and quit his job to become an entrepreneur. While renovating the space, Hurricane Katrina struck. The base of the press was under 12ft of water for several days. The property was destroyed, but the screen press and the dream survived.

An Old Inkwell Press Studio
An Old Inkwell Press Studio

After bouncing back from Katrina and taking a job with his former employer, it was time to take the leap again.  In 2007 the shop officially opened in a 15 x 15′ back house on Rosalie alley. It was situated directly across from one of the last active Vodoun temples in New Orleans where Santeria ceremonies were practiced every Saturday.  Business was conducted in the main foyer of the house on Piety street.  Using a 6 color vastex press that was acquired from a coworker, the client list began with a small circle of friends, artists and local designers.

3 years later in 2010, the back house grew too small and the need to separate the business from the personal was evident. The Inkwell Press moved Uptown to the historic Riverbend. The shop was inside of a former bike / lawn mower repair shop on a quiet section of Oak street near Leonidas. The Inkwell hired its first employee at this time. A halfpipe and a treehouse were built in the backyard and frequent bbqs and boils were held for the local skate community. More employees were hired as our reputation for quality and our clientele list grew. The shop became an official merch vendor and designer for the annual Oak street Po’Boy Festival.

An Old Inkwell Press Studio
The Inkwell Press Warehouse

In late 2016, the owner was contacted by one of his clients about a warehouse space that was available in the St. Roch neighborhood, not far from where it all began on Piety St. almost ten years earlier. After nearly two decades in the screenprinting industry and tens of thousands of prints all pulled by hand, it was time to expand. The shop moved to  its new space at 1523 St. Ferdinand street. A state-of- the-art ROQ press was acquired to cater toward larger clientele and faster turn arounds. Aside from garment screenprinting and promo items, other services were added including embroidery, poster printing, stickers, vinyl cutting, and more. Even with the modern equipment, our focus remains the same: to treat every print like a work of art, and every customer like an entrepreneur. If you succeed, we succeed. 17 years and counting, we want to thank all of our clients who trust us to help make their ideas a reality. We look forward to being a creative resource for the community for years to come.