18 Indie Embroidered Patch Companies + Best of the Web

18 Indie Embroidered Patch Companies + Best of the Web

I thought it would be fun to end the week with a roundup of creatives you can follow and learn more about through the weekend. Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared lists of some of our favorite paper flower makers, embroiderers, and museums online, and today I’m happy to add one more roundup to the list: creative and up-and-coming indie embroidered patch makers. From cats and mantras to abstract art and hands, these designers have turned the combination of everyday imagery and powerful words into must-have patches. Whether you attach them to your jacket, purse, backpack, or frame them on the wall, these artists are making us rethink the way we look at the humble patch. Instead of curating this roundup myself, I turned to one of my favorite artists — and patch makers — Tuesday Bassen. Take it away, Tuesday! xo, grace

A beautiful thing is happening in the fashion world: Patches are having a serious moment, and it is primarily driven by artist-operated small businesses. Embraced by the DIY scene and major outlets alike, these quick and cheap ways to personalize your clothing range from riffs on classic 1970s designs to pieces of original artwork. Featured here (just click through the slideshow above) are 18 of my favorite independent companies that are on the forefront of the patch trend. —Tuesday Bassen

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