Gone are the days when enamel lapel pins were only meant to display your affiliation with a particular social or professional organization. Nowadays, brands are offering pins that reference our favorite pastimes, music icons and emojis. The modern variations are no longer relegated to just a lapel or jacket pocket. They are being sported on shirt collars, baseball caps, backpacks and even handbags. With the recent rise in the consumption of personalized goods, pin fashion is a brand spanking new niche in the accessories market that has captured the industry's attention.
I must admit, when I joined the pin movement, I fell hard. It all started when I somehow stumbled upon the Instagram feed of Pintrill, a Brooklyn-based brand that is currently dominating the game. After seeing their vast selection, I may or may not have purchased a leather backpack for the sole purpose of filling up the front pocket with pins (please don't judge). It was the perfect blank slate for all of the pins I "had to have."
The more the merrier
I guess I'll state the obvious here: One is never enough. And since they are typically priced under $15, buying a handful of them at a time won't seem outrageous.
When you're ready to stock up, Pintrill (www.pintrill.com) is a great starting point. Their limited-edition collections consist of everything from emoji keyboard favorites and '80s nostalgia (think Simon Says, Uno cards and a Rubik's Cube) to sneakers and pop culture references (Yeezy for President, anyone?).
Streetwear brands like Sir and Madame (www.sirandmadame.com) have even joined in the fun with their latest offering of pins for the urban sophisticate. Wearing a cluster of their logo, pennant and monogram pins will instantly elevate your street cred. Some other favorites include Valley Cruise Press (the BFF emoji pin with hair color options is a winner), Felt Good Co. and Laser Kitten (I'm pretty sure I need the Peggy Bundy one).
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