Of the newcomers at the National Stationery show this year, one of my very favorites was the South Carolina-based Sideshow Press. Established in 2004, the small letterpress company is comprised of Amy Pastre, Courtney Rowson, and Virginia Gregg, three designers with a passion for keeping things old school. Originally created as a full-service print shop catering to independent designers, Sideshow has made a name for themselves by crafting on vintage presses with unusual materials. “We often print on materials beyond paper that modern automated presses can’t run,” notes Amy Pastre on the company’s website. “I love that we can put a piece of fabric through the press and it holds the detail of the design to perfection.”
Although the company has garnered wide acclaim for their custom design projects, it wasn’t until this year that they produced their own branded collection. And let me tell you—it makes me swoon. Of the many design trends that have pervaded 0ver the past few years, I am probably most partial to the whole “scouting” thing. Perhaps this stems from my own youth as a cub scout or just a deep love for anything that produces pangs of nostalgia (real or imagined). Still, I am absolutely no match for designs with a throwback, woodsy, Americana vibe—and this collection brings that in spades. From their adorable canoe-shaped pencil cases to their arrow-patterned wrapping paper, one look at Sideshow’s scout-chic products will make you want to throw down a tent, bust out the s’mores, and sing songs round a campfire. Who’s with me?—Max
Above image:With some bare canvas and yellow piping, the gals at Sideshow crafted these cute canoe-shaped pencil cases—perfect for stowing away in a knapsack.
Above image: A behind-the-scenes look at the printing studio at Sideshow Press.
Above image: This charming mail tape provides space to fill in addresses while adding a special touch to your correspondence.
Above image: From images of hikers to archery arrows (featured above), Sideshow’s wrapping paper collection is a simple yet charming option that works the whole year round.
Above image: Want to get even fancier with your wrapping? Check out these printed cloth wraps that easily double as pocket squares or neckerchiefs (coming soon)!
Above image: How cute are these “Handy” notebooks? I love the “Secret Codes” caption on the green one.
Above images: I love these muslin snack bags, embellished with retro typography. Although they look excellent for carrying around packed lunches and candy, I imagine they’d also be great for filling with produce at the farmer’s market!
Above image: I love a cute pink eraser. This one definitely fits the bill.
Above image: A fun take on a bicycle bag—a miniature tote that fits perfectly over your handlebars, great for holding your keys, glasses, and a paperback book!
Above image: One of Sideshow’s many camp-themed greeting cards.