Ladyfingers Letterpress prepared custom wedding invitations for Saturday Night Live alum John Mulaney and other work for fashion designer Tory Burch, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond and others.
The owners, Morgan Calderini and her wife Arley-Rose Torsone, moved the business’ headquarters from Rhode Island to Colorado Springs two years ago, but just recently opened a retail shop here. Their creative studio and printing presses are now based at 113 E. Bijou St. The high-end award-winning cards are shipped to more than 400 boutique stores around the world, including Japan, Australia and the U.K.
Known for their humorous cards (“You’re one BAD DAD … and I mean that in a good way”) and creative invitations, the business will have a grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the downtown Colorado Springs location.
Calderini said the business ships around 15,000 cards every month.
The retail side of the business comprises 1,700 square feet. The remaining 2,300 square feet includes manufacturing space complete with vintage printing presses for letterpress operator Calderini and creative space with computer illustration equipment for designer and illustrator Torsone.
“It’s an interesting business model we have here,” Torsone said. “All our ideas are created here, designed here and made here.”
Calderini operates presses dating from 1904, a press she uses daily.
The business began in 2011 when they started creating custom, one-of-a-kind wedding invitations. Their own wedding invitation went viral. They then started creating stationery and greeting cards.
“Now our wholesale greeting card line has taken off so much that we can be more selective with our custom clients,” Torsone said. “We do work for some celebrities that we’re not allowed to disclose who they are.”
They also teach classes on printmaking.
The business moved here because Calderini, who grew up in the Black Forest, wanted to be closer to family. The couple is expecting their first child next month.