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Midcentury Embroidered Patches Still Made the Old Way

If you’re not ready to commit and pull the trigger on a tattoo (which, I remind you, will be on you forever), then patches are maybe the next best thing you can do with a needle that doesn’t alter your body permanently. Out of Japan, North No Name is making some of the sickest patches out there, and they’re doing it old-school—with a single needle. The designs are embroidered onto felt and it’s all done in North No Name’s studio, located above their vintage shop in Tokyo. The process is time-consuming for sure, but you’re left with a product that still has that human touch and a lot of character.

Their themes focus on the quirky imagery of midcentury ephemera, so hopefully, you’re into that. Stitch a few onto your favorite jacket or bag, or—the best option—use them to cover up some crotch blowouts.

Available from $75 at Standard & Strange.

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