All the Lapel Pins and Patches You’ve Ever Wanted

I will never retire my love for lapel pins and patches. I’m an indie-emo kid at heart, and have hoarded my teenaged collection of one-inch band pins the same way Johnny Depp hoards his massive pile of scarves and rings. Remember your Jansport backpack stuck with all those Bikini Kill, Bright Eyes, and NOFX pins? Remember logging on the AOL dial-up, ready to surf on all those pre-Etsy, GeoCities DIY stores? Well, they’re all grown up now, just like you.

I am living for these enamel lapel pins and patches, and hope you’ll find one (or a dozen) you like too.

Got a Girl Crush

aja lapel pin
img via @ajavines / “my name ain’t baby” ($11)

These lapel pins by Got a Girl Crush are everything.  Starting as a blog and ‘zine in 2009, Got a Girl Crush is a yearly publication “to document the never-ending accomplishments of women in hopes to inspire others to do the same.”

The current issue (04, $18) is on sale now, and features activists, artists, teachers, humanitarians, and one of my favorite humans: comedian Jessica Williams (of The Daily Show and general bad-assness fame!).

Big Bud Press

ladies lapel pin
img via big bud press

These little cuties are nearly sold out! Playful and pun-full, you will find a lapel pin to satisfy your needs. Big Bud also deals in patches and apparel, and prices start around $12. This nail salon neon pin is giving me some serious Patrick Nagel vibes and I dig ’em like a shovel. What’s cool about Big Bud Press is that these pins are made from recyclable materials in small batches in the U.S. Keep in touch with them @bigbudpress.

Sad Truth Supply

mom lapel pin
img via sad truth supply

Irreverent lapel pins for “over-thinkers & underachievers,” these pins were made for me on a soul-level. Adorn your lapel with Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, or Kurt & Courtney. Sad Truth Supply also deals in apparel and patches so you can lvl up the punk however you want. Or just chill. Ya know…whatever. Consider the “mom” pin as an early Mother’s Day Gift. A less temporary tattoo you can wear anywhere.

From Lini with Love


From the artist herself—

Caroline Victoria: I love good, old-fashioned snail mail. I am a visual designer for Forever 21, which I love, but I wanted my own project outside of work. So, on Valentine’s Day last year #fromliniwithlove was born. I started with postcards and have expanded now to prints and pins. My mission is to create simple products that resonate with people. My pieces are colorful and whimsical.

Lately, pins and patches have been all the rage but I noticed many related specifically to LA culture. I am originally from Miami, so I wanted to kick off my pin line with something that celebrated Miami culture. My “Magic City” Guava pin mashes up the beautiful guava fruit with the Miami Heat logo.

Caroline’s #fromliniwithlove collection is available at a few boutiques across the country and in her Etsy shop as well. Caroline also loves doing custom pieces! You can follow Caroline on instagram @linivictoria

Collections & More

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images via: @ajavines, @kirstinedanger, @sweeet_tweeets, valley cruise (@valleycruisepress), creepy company (@creepycompany), @linivictoria

Any shops we’ve missed? Leave your favorite shop in the comments.

Janea Wilson

Janea Wilson

Janea Wilson is a poet and educator living in the City of Angels. Her passions include Flannery O’Connor, iced coffee, HBO, and intersectional feminism. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in The Oklahoma Review, Canyon Voices, Puerto del Sol “Black Voices,” Santa Ana River Review, Indicia Lit, among others. Leo Sun, Virgo Moon, Gemini Rising.
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