Kinstitch's print on demand service empowers designers to create their own textile products, such as clothing, tableware, bags, pillows, and wall hangings. Their studio also features an in-house library of textile patterns and soft goods products.

Join KinStitch at their open house for appetizers, wine, and ginger beer, as well as a live print demo of their precision printer. On display will be vignettes of various applications of the printed fabric, and visitors will leave with a better understanding of digital print applications and how their fabrics can be used.

We recently caught up with Elissa Breitbard, Founder of KinStitch to find out a little more about their business.

DWP: How long have you been operating in Portland, and what prompted you to open your shop?

Elissa: We launched in Summer 2017. KinStitch was started to share comfort and beauty with others through custom cloth creations. Our original business concept of personalized pillows was inspired by a loving, hand crafted gift. This founding inspiration gave way to our current niche offering—custom printing by the yard on cotton, hemp, and linen.

DWP: Do you do many collaborations with local designers? Any favorite projects?

Elissa: Yes, we have overlapped with many creatives, businesses and non-profits in Portland.

We love our collaborations with the following local designers: Weina Dinata of Poppy & Finch, Vicky Latimer Roan of LittleSpoon Designs, and Grant Phillips.

Grant Phillips' digital design printed on recycled hemp Muslin by KinStitch, and the final piece for an mid century mod office building.

One of our favorite relationships has been with local cut and sew factory, Spooltown. What’s special about this collaboration is being part of a sustainable, micro-economy right here in Portland. Spooltown came to us to print their client’s vibrant and whimsical design on our duck canvas, which they manufacture into totes that are distributed via their client’s well established marketing channels.

Another significant local partnership we have is with Textile Hive. Their elaborate digital textile library provides us with inspiration, and we use several licensed images of theirs for ongoing research and development.

DWP: What is your favorite part of the work that you do?

Elissa: Bringing a designer’s idea to life on fabric. Weina Dinata, one of the designers mentioned above, says it best: “KinStitch actualizes my dreams and passion into something tangible.”

Open House Details

Where: KinStitch, 2505 SE 11th Ave, Suite 137
When: Friday, April 20 2018, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free

Visit their open house listing to register, or check out the full listing of SE open houses to plan your perfect open house crawl!