Four Hats Press is owned and operated by Cory Smith in Chicago, IL & specializes in:


We do lot of things online. Schedule our days, make our grocery lists, pay our bills.  But will our grandkids be reading emails that we sent to our spouses after we're gone? 

Paper preserves our stories.

Four Hats Press exists to help you celebrate and commemorate your big life happenings, and the small moments that add up to make your memories. Specializing in hand-lettering, custom design, and letterpress printing, I love getting things down on paper.

Four Hats Press is the hook on which I hang my hats. Years of working in publishing and in magazines lead me to working in kitchens, at home, and eventually, behind the crank of my letterpress. I've always loved working with words, and in the print process, I've grown to appreciate the development of an idea to its communication and preservation. 

Letterpress is a means to make memories tangible—putting something before the eyes so the heart can be reminded. It's a time and labor intensive art, requiring singular pieces of paper to be hand-fed through 100+ year-old machines.  In a time where nearly every thing is moving digital, letterpress is altogether other—using history to make history.

Let's leave a paper trail.

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I Have a Fondness for :

Antique Shops | Cafe Au Laits | Outdoor Weddings | Being at Home | Pastries | Reading Cookbooks | Nature Walks | Target's Island Moonlight Candles | Cath Kidston | HGTV's "Home Town" | Patty Griffin Music | Listening on Vinyl | Pen Pals | Leisurely Bike Rides | Dinner Parties | Fresh Flowers | Le Pens | Edith Schaeffer | A Prairie Home Companion   

Click above and enter the password "fourhatspress."  |   Kinora Films

Click above and enter the password "fourhatspress."  |   Kinora Films

Click above to watch and enter password  "september." | Kinora Films

Click above to watch and enter password  "september." | Kinora Films

|| 5% of all Four Hats Press sales go to support the art program of The Field School. ||

photos by Katharine Hannah Photography and Amina Taylor