Embroidered patches were not always fashionable. For hundreds of years, they were worn only for practical and functional purposes such as covering up holes in threadbare clothing and labelling people in uniform. But for the past several decades, they've come to symbolise many different things to many different people. The first sub-culture to subvert the patch was the hippies in the 1960s, whose patchwork clothes were laden with references to ethnic styles, and had peaceful messages. However, it was the punks who really made patches their own!
There is a demand for Punk clothing more than ever nowadays, and the humble patch, an iconic punk accessory, is at the top of the list when it comes to creating your own ideal aesthetic. Whether it is for daily wear on your favourite pair of jeans, or a jacket that is reserved for festivals, live shows and concerts. It is more than just a patch- it is a badge of identity, aligning yourself with counter culture. Gone is the practical idea of using patches to repair torn clothing. Now patches are worn proudly right next to those deliberate rips and distress you've given your outfit.