About Us, our Staff and our History

Meet the Vacord Staff


Nick has been working here for 4 years, in which time he has become not only an expert printer, but a brilliant graphic designer as well. He is also a photographer and musician, and plays in a band called CLERIC. He lives in South Philly, and has an unreasonable affinity for cats, of which he has three: Omar, Ichi, and Mama. Nick loves chili, cheeseburgers, chili cheeseburgers, and Japanese films.


Adam solves the New York Times Crossword Puzzle almost everyday. Except Saturday… that’s pretty tough… but Sunday through Thursday for sure. Though he is a South Philly resident, Adam is a native of Maryville, TN., and wakes up every morning with the phrase, “I will give my all for Tennessee today.” Adam has 19 years of printing experience, and was named among the “Top 25 LGBT Business People” by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2013.


James handles the bulk of customer service for Vacord Screen Printing, and will be your point of contact as you place your order. And he loves Star Wars.


Bayla helps with customer service and all operations at Vacord, helping keep the ship afloat daily. And she has her own theatre company.


Joe is a lifelong Camden resident, and has been working here for 12 years. He is a hard-working family man with four kids, and is also the CEO of Big Noize, Inc, an independent music label that that has strong ties and roots in the community of Camden.


Demitre is a North Philly kid and graduate of Parkway NW Highschool. He also works with Yes! And… Collaborative Arts in many of their programs, including Jr Staff where he has acted as a mentor to other kids. Demitre is 100% Rican.


Stuart started Vacord in 2006 in a laundry room in West Philadelphia, originally to make tshirts for his band. Hailing from Tennessee, Stuart loves to travel, fly hot air balloons and eat cheeseburgers. Some would say Stuart likes to eat cheeseburgers more than Nick, though Nick would say pointedly that it is not so. Stuart now focuses on the overall growth of Vacord.

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The Vacord Difference

  • Independently owned and operated since 2006
  • Specializing in discharge screen printing, a way to remove and replace the shirt’s color in order to get a soft print that is part of the shirt itself

  • We’re located in the Philadelphia area but ship anywhere for free in the Continental USA

  • We stand behind our work and take great pride in it

  • Vacord handles any size order from 24 pieces to 10,000 pieces or more

  • Focused on high quality results
  • Constantly researching new printing techniques and styles for the most amazing prints possible
  • Vacord’s goal is to make it easy for you to get awesome custom shirts and hoodies

  • We strive to provide the best customer service possible

  • We promise you’ll be happy with your order and will work to quickly correct any errors, which are rare

  • Free ground shipping, free set up, very reasonable rates, and no surprise charges make it easy for both you and your budget

  • Ideal solutions for special events, corporations, entrepreneurs, non profits, businesses, churches, start ups, clothing lines, any and all needs

Turnaround Time

  • “About two weeks” is what we say for the majority of projects
  • Bigger and more complicated orders can take longer, depending on our shop schedule
  • Rush services are often available if you’re in a time crunch