Do I need the Genesis framework to run your themes?
No. All of our themes are built on our proprietary code framework. Assuming you already have a domain, hosting and the WordPress platform set up, our themes include everything you need! You do not need to purchase any other code framework for our themes to work.
If you are switching from a theme that is running on Genesis and opt to purchase and install an EmPress theme, be sure to deactivate any Genesis related plugins, as these will often conflict with non-Genesis based themes and some WordPress functionality.