Essie Letterpress is a letterpress printing company run by husband and wife team, Ben and Vanessa Grib.
We’re situated in an old shed on a beautiful farm in the Piekenierskloof Mountains near Citrusdal. We grow tea, flowers and citrus and on a clear day, you can see Table Mountain 200km away. 


Vanessa (Ess) studied interior design in Cape Town for a few years, before moving to San Francisco and attending art school. It was here that she came into contact with letterpress and instantly fell in love with the tactile quality and old world charm of the prints.
She then worked and travelled around the world, including South America and Europe, before returning to live in Cape Town. After marrying Ben and settling on the farm, she realised that she needed a creative outlet - and so the idea for Essie Letterpress was born.



Ben is a designer and illustrator who also runs the family farm. Previously he worked in Cape Town managing a fruit marketing company, but he used to spend all his free time teaching himself design! His biggest influences are Saul Bass, M.C. Escher, old text book illustrations, advertising for the 50s and 60s, comic books, his farm and vintage science fiction movie posters.


Get in touch with Ess at

essie (at) essieletterpress.co.za

or Ben at

design (at) essieletterpress.co.za

You can also give them a call on (+27) 87 02 00013
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