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A Chat with Vividbraille
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Vividbraille started 12+ years ago printing tshirts by hand in a friends basement. Today they design and manufacturer men and women clothing in Chicago. They refer to their retail space as a studio boutique where they create and sell their goods while also teaching classes.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide the leather and all necessary tools. Students can bring a beverage if they so choose
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The founder of Vividbraille grew up in a blue collar automotive manufacturing town. We believe in USA made manufacturing and the beauty that comes with making something with your own hands.
What do you love most about your job?
I love being able to create something new everyday. It is especially fun creating with others.
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 various fashion and design classes and invite visitors to flip through their sketchbooks, which are like storybooks without all the annoying rhymes and plot development.