We’re owned by Rene Perez and Ricky Brandano—two guys who are driven by a long-standing passion for printing.
Growing up around the DIY band culture in Pomona and Boston respectively, we independently started learning about screen printing through producing merch for our bands. A logo on a t-shirt could speak volumes without us having to say a word. It was the best feeling for people to recognize a design on a shirt that we produced.
It still is.
Introduced by a mutual friend in 2017, it wasn’t long until we realized our shared love of screen printing. Rene was introduced to garment industry when he began working for American Apparel in 2006, learning the ins and outs of the business, from shipping and right down to making an actual t-shirt.
After stepping up as Manufacturing Manager at Bella + Canvas, Rene found himself at a place where he could confidently combine his intimate access to the garment industry and his love of screen printing into an independent venture. Cue Ricky. His company Dead Ends Design Co. granted him the flexibility to move from Boston to Los Angeles a few years back. And it was his knowledge of silkscreening combined with his graphic design skills that made him the perfect partner at LPLA.
In the past year, we’ve seen our business grow leaps and bounds. We’ve connected with amazing clients and are thrilled to work with them on each of their custom jobs. We’ve grown as a team, and now, we’ve moved to our new, bigger location in DTLA. We can’t wait to see what comes next.