And Here We Are is a letterpress stationery and gift brand founded in 2012 by Meghan Hopkins Sokorai. We are known for our irreverent illustrations, offbeat jokes and eclectic use of color; and we are proudly woman owned and operated.
Meghan founded And Here We Are in 2012, creating custom wedding invitations in a tiny Brooklyn NY apartment and renting press time at a nearby letterpress studio. In 2015 she relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and bought her first presses (a Vandercook SP-15 and a tabletop C&P). She launched our first line of products at the National Stationery Show in 2017, and later that year moved the studio out of her home to a large studio space downtown, and added a Heidelberg Windmill to the family. In 2021, we relocated again to our current home on the South side of Columbus.
Our products have been sold in over 750 stores across the world, and we've partnered with brands such as Paper Source, Aura Frames, Hallmark, Papier, and Greetabl.
And Here We Are fosters connection through joy, levity and validation.
Our brand values: joy, levity, connection, validation, inclusion,
Modern art on centuries-old technology.
We love, live and breathe letterpress printing at And Here We Are, and it's a huge part of our business. But you might be wondering, just what is letterpress printing, exactly? What makes it so different from other kinds of printing, and why is it so special?
Every person has value, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
Healthcare and education are universal needs.
We value our children over guns.
Woman should unequivocally have the right to choose what happens to their own bodies.
Science and climate change are real.
Church and state should be separate.
Police should not be militarized.
Black lives matter. Black Trans lives matter. Black Women matter.
Empathy above all.
We aim to promote social awareness through our art.
We regularly donate to charities and organizations, and match employee contributions 100% up to $500 annually. We consciously choose vendors based on whether their values align with ours (bye, Uline). We reuse packaging materials and use environmentally friendly materials when possible. We strive to be anti-racist and anti-misogynist in both our work and our personal lives.
Charities and organizations to whom we've donated product, time or funds include:
Cards of Compassion, BESA, Reeb Center, RAINN, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Everytown for Gun Safety, Southern Poverty Law Center, Yellowhammer Fund, Color of Change, Columbus Freedom Fund, Inez Kelleher MD (D) for MS House 117, Columbus Caravan for Change, The Center for Black Equity, Biden/Harris Presidential Campaign, DSCC , Tim Ryan (D) for U.S. Senate, Pro-Choice Ohio, WHO Ohio, The National Network of Abortion Providers