Embroidered Patches Are Always In Fashion

Our friends at Gucci have discovered something we’ve always known at The Chicago Embroidery Company, embroidered patches are a unique, customizable fashion accessory.

purse patch2


Thanks to Andrea Cheung at InStyle:

Gucci’s ready-to-wear is drool-worthy, for sure, but it’s the accessories that have turned us from sane, functioning adults to crazy bag (and loafer) ladies. Of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Alessandro Michele, the current Gucci creative director and former head accessories designer. When he presented his debut fall 2015 collection, he did so with a whole new range of accessories, including an introduction to the soon-to-be (if not already) classic Dionysus handbag. This masterpiece serves as a time warp between the past and the future, capturing the brand’s heritage with the iconic double-G “Supreme” monogram, but with a modern touch (an indicator of Gucci’s new direction with Michele at the helm) through hand-painted florals and whimsical embroidered patches.

Boxy in shape with a slim build, complete with a double tiger head-ended horseshoe closure (a reference to the Greek god Dionysus, btw, who transformed into a tiger to carry a nymph across the river), the Dionysus has been reinvented multiple times over since its debut.purse patches

Now, Michele has taken it one step further with the launch of a DIY service, in which die-hard Gucci fans (cough, us) can personalize their Dionysus purses (only large and medium) with a buffet of embroidered patches (including but not limited to: butterflies, bees, dragonflies, snakes, and peonies), trims, hardware, and monogrammed initials (with the option to bling them out with Swarovski crystals). It falls right in line with Michele’s design philosophy, which is “that the way you dress is how you feel, and that men and women should feel authentic and free in the expression of themselves.”
With endless combos, placements, and possibilities, it’d be hard not to express yourself. The do-it-yourself attitude is also a nod to punk, a sub-culture that stems from freedom of expression. As of now, the service is only available at the brand’s flagship store in Milan on Via Montenapoleone, but it will be rolled out to major cities around the world (and fingers crossed, hopefully online). Eventually, you’ll also be able to happily customize Gucci’s Ace sneakers, the loafer slippers, and ready-to-wear pieces for men and women.

Ugh, we can’t wait. If you happen to be in Milan (lucky!), stop by the Gucci flagship store to personalize your Dionysus purse. And if you’re not, well, the least we can offer you is a scroll through some major Gucci-laden eye candy: the Dionysus purse customized in infinite ways.
— Create your own fashion statement for your clothing or accessory line with custom embroidered patches from The Chicago Embroidery Company.  While we don’t sell individual patches, you can design and we’ll produce quantities of your own emblem for less than you think. Submit your image to http://www.c-emblem.com , or contact us at sales@c-emblem.com or call 312/644-4232.

The Growth of Embroidered Patches

The key element of “gimme caps,”( as in “Gimme one of them caps,” as the farmersAG hat 222009489397_1 would ask their seed or equipment dealer for free promotional headwear), agriculture and related industries have long relied on embroidered patches to advertise their products and services.

Most popular are the corn and other seed producing companies, who have been AG vintage-dekalb-seed-corn-advertising-patch-farmer-cap-trucker-style-1stopretroshop-k53079-4emblazoning hats, jackets and other items with beautifully embroidered artistry for years. Primarily corn (for which there are many hybrid varieties), but also other agricultural producers realize the inherent promotional value of an embroidered patch in raising and maintaining company visibility.ag 5203-3_5-2T

Of all the agricultural equipment manufacturers, John Deere has AG john Deere $T2eC16VHJHoE9n3Ke5TSBRYK-mGUr!~~60_35probably grown the highest profile in the ag patch community, but many other companies take advantage of embroidered patches to create visibility for their products.ag s-l225

State agricultural inspectors can be readily AG department-of-agriculture-embroidered-patchAg US_Forest_Service_CAidentified by embroidered patches on the shoulders and pockets of their uniform shirts. Even the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, can be counted as part of the ag patch universe.AG WISH,LA,LOUISIANA%20DEPARTMENT%20OF%20AGRICULTURE%20AND%20FORESTRY%201

You don’t have to be a farmer to like embroidered patches.AG jacket You can outfit any group with a custom stitched emblem from The Chicago Embroidery Company. Contact us for a free quote by submitting your design; visit www.c-emblem.com, sales@c-emblem.com or call 312/644-4232.

AG a1a32c0a2e64af3c17128f351eb7cb95

Anchors Aweigh With U.S. Navy Embroidered Patches

Different branches of the U.S. Navy often have their own patches.

Different branches of the U.S. Navy often have their own patches.

The sailors and officers of the United States Navy share a special bond that can only be created by a tight knit group that spends months alone together on a ship during naval deployment. Many ships, task forces, carrier battle groups and even naval bases show their pride and unity with specially designed embroidered patches.

Some of these patches are part of the official Navy uniform, while many others are designed and worn on an informal basis on hats, jackets, bags and other gear.  Train militarybest_2271_1458371347 There are many truly creative images featuring some beautifully intricate designs and the limited production runs make these patches valuable items for the patch collecting community. Sailors often trade patches among themselves and with others interested in embroidered artwork and U.S. Navy history.

Other naval patches feature logos for a particular service branch of the Navy,untitled (14) for instance the Seals or submarine service. Naval aviation has many different embroidered patches for individual types of aircraft, squadrons and naval air stations.

Commemoration of a sailor’s first crossing of the Equator  and thus achieving status as a “shellback” often calls for a patch.  A rarer status is the Golden Shellback, a person who

Crossing the Equator at the International Dateline qualifies a sailor as a Golden Shellback

Crossing the Equator at the International Dateline qualifies a sailor as a Golden Shellback

has cross the Equator at the 180 degree meridian, the International Date line, or Royal Diamond Shellback, crossing at the prime meridian , 0 degrees longitude.  When a ship must cross the Equator reasonably close to 0 or 180 degrees, typically the captain will plot a course so the crew can achieve this special status.embroidered-patch-06

The Chicago Embroidery Company has manufactured millions of patches for the U.S. military and can make custom patches for all sorts of groups, teams and companies. For more information on what we can do for your organization, contact us at sales@c-emblem.com , visit www.c-emblem.com or call 312-664-4232.


Put Your Name On An Embroidered Patch

Name 1

Name patches can use block or cursive fonts.

It’s the ultimate in personalization, placing an employee’s name on a colorful embroidered patch.  Usually displayed on the upper right or left corner of a uniform coat or shirt, a name patch provides individual identification, personalization and a serves as a friendly customer service tool.

Name patches can be created in block capital letters, cursive script writing or virtually any type font.  Companies and institutions use the patches to help promote friendly customer interaction, familiarizing employees with the customers they serve on a one-time interaction or a regular, even daily basis.

Embroidered name patches usually have dark letters on a white background, but any color combination is possible.

Embroidered name patches usually have dark letters on a white background, but any color combination is possible.

Using embroidered patches for workers names has several advantages.  Unlike pinned-on plastic name tags that can be lost or damaged, an embroidered patch is permanently affixed to a shirt, coat or other work apparel item.  A patch provides a much more professional and permanent appearance than an adhesive “Hello, My name is_________” adhesive sticker.  These sticky badges can also fall off.   Embroidered patches can also be transferred from a worn out garment; direct embroidery of a name on an item of clothing is truly permanent –once the shirt is stained or torn, it must be discarded.  If an embroidered name badge is used, the patch can be saved and reused.

The same name style can be used for a company or institution patch, an inexpensive alternative to more

This patch also denotes a person's job and the die-cut is designed to be sewn on a shirt pocket flap.

This patch also denotes a person’s job and the die-cut is designed to be sewn on a shirt pocket flap.

costly customized embroidery work.  Usually a single color thread is used on a white canvas background material, but variations are possible with colored backing or multi-colored thread patterns.

To learn more about how embroidered patches can improve the professionalism and public appearance of your business or institution, contact the Chicago Embroidery Company, sales@c-emblem.com , visit www.c-emblem.com or call 312-664-4232.