The Real Female Entrepreneur

TRFE 158: How Kristen Ley Built Thimblepress Out of Her Garage

Season 3Lauren FrontieraComment


”A business is an ever-evolving thing … Sometimes that means stepping back. Sometimes that means redirecting. Sometimes that means offering something different that you feel scared to offer.”


with Kristen Ley



It all started in her garage over five years ago, with zero clue how to use a letterpress and a Christmas demonstration gone bad. But today her products are sold in over 900 stores around the world and she recently created an exclusive line of products for Target.

Kristen Ley is sharing her story of how it all began. We talk about the name Thimblepress and the story (and collection of tacky gas station thimbles) behind it, her first business pre-Thimblepress, first opening her shop, and why she no longer dreams of building it into this huge business.




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Kristen Ley is the founder, owner and creative director of Thimblepress®. Founded in a garage back in 2012, Thimblepress® is design & lifestyle company aiming to create products that make people happy and encourage celebrating each other and ourselves. Each product is filled with loads of love & color. Thimblepress® is sold in over 900 retail shops internationally and Thimblepress® products are also available on Thimblepress® recently sold an exclusive line of products in Target stores and, and has collaborated and/or with many different brands such as Hallmark, Moon & Lola, Glitter Guide, Throw Pillow, Speak Wines, June & January & Keds.  

Thimblepress® loves unique products that help elevate & showcase personal style be it on a desk, in hands or on walls. Thimblepress® wants to be a part of helping you create lasting memories, fill a room with color, bring a smile to a face & make you feel unique & special. Thimblepress® ultimately wants to be a small part of helping spread joy around the world.

In Kristen’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends & her Goldendoodles Willow and Henry in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. She also loves Jesus, painting, travel, perusing the local flea markets & a good movie on Netflix. 


Thimblepress on Instagram and Pinterest

Kristen on Instagram and Pinterest