When Bryan Lisbona launched his line of Leavenworth County and Kansas history-inspired T-shirts, the response was overwhelming. After selling out nearly all of his T-shirts and artwork at the Leavenworth County Fair last year, Lisbona knew he was definitely onto something.
Last summer, Lisbona and his cousin and fellow designer Toby Kuhn, both of KINFOLK Creative, developed and launched their second company called ONELVCO, an acronym for One Leavenworth County. Realizing that there was a market for Kansas-related apparel and items such as posters, framed art and stickers, business has been booming.
“We wanted to represent the Kansas side of Kansas City with designs that carried a message about local history,” Lisbona said. “As proud Leavenworth County residents, we wanted a way to represent our new home to our friends and neighbors.”
Educated and trained as a graphic designer, Lisbona and his family left Overland Park, Kansas, and moved to Basehor in early 2017. They were looking for the small-town life for their children and after researching and touring several communities, Basehor fit the bill and became home.
In addition to designing and producing their popular Kansas-inspired ONELVCO shirts, Lisbona and Kuhn have been involved in several projects throughout the Basehor community. The Basehor Community Library has utilized the creative talents of KINFOLK to develop and create their logo signage but most impressively, the duo created a treehouse at the entry of the children’s library area. The Basehor Chamber of Commerce is also working with Lisbona, who is designing a new brochure and website for the organization. ONELVCO has also created designs for local schools and events, including the annual Basehor-Linwood High School car show.
Meriwether’s Coffee Shop in Leavenworth served as the first retail location to carry ONELVCO’s shirts and other products. Lisbona is in talks with a new retail space in downtown Basehor as an additional outlet to make his products available locally for Basehor residents. Some of his designs are also available at The General Store & Co. in Overland Park, The Sunflower in Atchison and as far south as Allen County, near where his wife, Kristin, was born.
Lisbona is also leaving his mark on the Basehor community by lending his business and graphic art skills as a mentor at BLHS, where he has also been a guest speaker in several classes. Later this year, Lisbona is planning to work with the students on a new spiritwear catalog where students will have a part in designing in conjunction with the ONELVCO studio.
ONELVCO is constantly developing new concepts for apparel and other items to add to their catalog. You can visit their store at www.onelvco.com to see the latest designs.
Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org