For some people clothes are a fashion choice, but for others clothes are just something they wear so that moms don't make them sit on a towel all the time. Dress yourself with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $37 for a three-hour BYOB screen-printing class for one with one t-shirt (a $75 value)
- $65 for a three-hour BYOB screen-printing class for up to two people with two t-shirts (a $150 value)
- $125 for a three-hour BYOB screen-printing class for up to four people with four t-shirts (a $300 value)
During the three-hour class, students munch on provided snacks and sip beer they've brought from home. A designer teaches the group how to use the four-collar press, which sits at the center of the boutique shop's sales floor. Then, students create their own designs.
The first thing that catches your eye when you enter Vividbraille isn't one of the shop's trendy shirts or sweaters—it’s the piece of equipment that brings these unique articles of clothing to life. At the center of the boutique stands a manual shirt press, and it's this tool that allows the shop's designers to transform clothes into vehicles for self-expression, branding them with graphics and written messages.
The press isn't just functional; it's also symbolic of a turning point in owner Brock Willsey's life. According to a video produced by Chicago's Dose Market, Mr. Willsey purchased the screen-printing equipment more than a decade ago when he still lived in Michigan. Immediately, he began printing graphic tees emblazoned with messages that were meaningful to him. Needless to say, the business took off, prompting Mr. Willsey to move and open up shop in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. He has since brought in other designers and started to create even more looks, including cut and sew garments.
Mr. Willsey and his team also let customers in on the design process. They teach screen-printing classes and invite visitors to flip through their sketchbooks, which are like storybooks without all the annoying rhymes and plot development.