A Little Lapel History…


Like woman’s fashion, men’s fashion has an equally interesting background. The styles are rooted in history and function, but have evolved into the fashion statements and ideas that we know today.

There are a plethora of choices when it comes to accessorizing menswear and the history is extensive. Handkerchiefs have long been displayed in the top pocket of men’s jackets and can be traced back to 1901. Although the first cufflinks appeared in the 1600s, they did not become common until the end of the 18th century. During the industrial revolution, neckties were designed long, thin and easy to knot and they did not come undone, setting the concrete design for the tie we know and love today. As it shows, men have been wearing fashionable accent pieces since the dawn of time.

The lapel pin has a unique history all its own. Most suit jackets come with a buttonhole, which was originally designed so that gentlemen could attach a cord from their hat to their jacket to keep it from blowing away on windy days. Eventually, as hats moved out of favor, the buttonhole got paired with another button on the opposite side of the jacket so it could be buttoned up all the way on unexpectedly cold days. Slowly lapel pins came in to view to adorn this part of a mans suit.

As time moved on in to  modern menswear, with its slim lapels and thin, technical overcoats, it’s a perfect place to show a little style. Pins may seem affected, but they’re really a no-brainer: you can put them on once, and then forget about them entirely, leaving it on between wears. It’s a pure expression of style. Pins are a subtle, simple, and are the next big menswear accessory.ButterFly_ShopCorrect_cb715367-d95a-4151-b40c-d27293672461_grande

As fashion often does, we’ve now seen these styles of old have a resurgence into days mens fashion world. Once again you will find vintage styles are making a comback once again.

Here at PinSource We can design lapel pin to suit any needs. If you want to have a classic vintage look replicating days of ol, you might consider, tie bar, cufflinks, or the classic lapel pin. When it comes to mens assecories we can customize it all. We’d be happy to help you design for a wedding or anniversary celebration or any special occassion you may like to adorn your lapel and wear a little bit of histor.

Spotlight on Embroidered Products

High quality embroidered products are a relatively new addition to the many offerings here at PinSource. The craftsmanship and detail offered are bar none, and they are such a unique new product we just had to share a little more information about them with our customers.

There are many options to choose from and a lot of unique ways you can use the embroidered  style to showoff you logo, team name, product or promotion. These products are customizable and come in a multitude of color options as well. These would make a great gift or company swag. There are a lot of options to consider while customizing them to suit whatever your needs your company may have.  Here are a few highlighted to show the uniqueness of the product.

Embroidered Luggage Tags- Here’s something unique and out of the box. Not to mention, no one will have your personalized luggage tag at the airport so it will be very easy to spot while traveling. The possibilities are endless, you can add whatever quotation you would like to use. These are the perfect opportunity to showcase those designs that lend themselves well to embroidery.

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Embroidered Bracelets – These bracelets can be customized and embroidered in any saying, and the color choices are limitless. The color of the strap as well as the wrist charm is customizable too. We can tell you more about the charm options and find one that suites your company or logo.

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Patches and Sticker Pack Patches – These are very high quality patches which can be customized in shape and color. There are metallic color options that will make an image or design pop and add dimension. There are iron-on or sew on patch options.


Sublimation Quotes Key Chain –  These are a popular item and also quite a useful item for getting your logo or message out there. These aren’t a raised embroidery for the saying or quote, but a printed option for fabric. The trim of the keychain can be embroidered to give it durability and a polished look.


If you have any questions on any of the products featured or are getting some ideas for your own products, Give us a call! We’d love to talk to you more about your options 800-678-9288.



April is Autism Awareness Month

autism-awareness-monthEvery day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we make a commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the lives of individuals living with it.

So you might be asking you self: Why is awareness so important? Well, It’s not news that people tend to be afraid of what they don’t understand. Awareness has the power to change people’s attitudes from “Ugh” to “is there anything I can do to help?” This is why parents, educators, family and friends of kids with autism use the month of April as a platform to share stories with their community. And why a month dedicated to Autism Awareness can be so important. Here are somethings you might consider this month get involved:

Get Informed: Autism is defined as a developmental disability characterized by varying degrees of social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. There are a lot of resources available to learn more about ASD. Educating yourself on the facts is invaluable to get a better understanding of  the challenges indivuduals and their families face. Learn more about ASD at the Autism Speaks website.

autism-awareness-ribbon-puzzle-lapel-pin-21Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is a recognized symbol of the autism community. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture. You can find merchandise via Autism Speaks for purchase and support their mission here.autism-awareness-rubber-bracelet-wristband-adult-8

Connect with your neighborhood. Many Autism Society local affiliates hold special events in their communities throughout the month of April. It’s a good way to educate yourself and meet and get farmilar with people in your community that are living with Autism. Participating resteraunts around the country host a Dine Out with Autism event to educate community members and raise funds for the cause.

Donate your money or your time. Here are some online resources to help you donate your time or money to research and programs to support Autism. Autism Speaks a leading organization dedicated to research and support of families. You can donate here.

National Autism Awareness Month is an important month to consider learning more on this important issue. April represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.


The Morph Sac for the Eco-Conscious Shopper!

With plastics polluting our oceans, reusable bags are truly the way to shop these days. According to the EPA, between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. These bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but they remain in our landfills, oceans, parks and beaches for thousands of years.

fish_morphsac_greenThe Morph sac is a relatively new customizable item for PinSource, and it’s already proved popular even amoung our staff! It is the perfect alternative to plastic bags while shopping, and the small ‘morph’ feature makes it easy to tuck away in your bag or purse. It’s as easy as unloading your groceries and folding the bag back down and returning to your bag or purse. Taking the worry about forgetting your bags when you’ve already walked in to the grocery store.

morphsac_sbrColors and themes vary, so customizing it to your organization or team is easy. You can choose from any sport theme which will collapse down in to the correlating ball from said sport. Or choose from other fun shapes such as: a heart, strawberry, or fish. The themed, mini pouch literally morphs into a large tote bag, with the outer pouch design becoming part of the larger bag. These make a perfect fundraising item or a fun handout at sports events , etc. They also make the perfect gift shop item for resale — chose a theme that works for your organization and add your logo; a great way to get your logo in the world  while simultaneously promoting Eco-friendly shopping habits.

In an effort to protect the environment and save money, individuals and businesses  have been making the switch to reusable bags. There is  a global movement away from disposable bags, and a shift to switch to environmentally friendly and cost-effective reusable bags. Our morph bags are the perfect contribution towards promoting reusable bag use, thus setting a global example for promoting BYOB (bring your own bag) behavior. The perfect plastic bag alternative that is so portable and affordable — keep it with you at all times when shopping, traveling, work, etc.

Interested in customizing these bags for your organization? Call us: 1800-678-9288 we’d be happy to place your order or answer any questions!


Choose Die Struck for Simple Elegance

Die Struck Lapel Pins are beautiful handcrafted pieces. In general they are identified by a raised and lowered metal look used with a simple design.They are classy and elegant without the use of any color. Sandblasting the metal can make images standout in addition to the contrast between the raised and lowered metal.  Our die struck lapel pins use a brass or copper base metal chosen for its softness to achieve a high quality stamping. You can select from one of our many plating choices and options to make your design truly unique.

Let’s look a little closer at the design of the die struck process and some  examples of how they are used:

Token of Recognition:  Add a synthetic stone, consecutive numbering, or any of our packaging options to create a perfect recognition pin.  The end product is something that a person can feel proud to wear and show off their achievements.


Logo and Branding:  The die struck process is most notable for its raised polished surface and recessed textured background, which can really make a logo look timeless and elegant. The textured background brings the smooth metal of the logo to the surface alowing it to (quite literaly) shine. Die-Cast works very well with certain timeless logos and translates to a very elegant piece for your employees to wear.

Anniversary Marker: People gravitate to die struck pins because of their density, durability, strength which makes them perfect to mark those employees who also exemplify these qualities. They represent a mark of distinction and pride and are a wonderful way to mark an anniversary for a special volunteer, teacher, or other employee.


How We do it  Part of the challenge of contemporary die-striking is that it requires extensive technical expertise and robust manufacturing capabilities.  Once a design has been finalized, we create a special die with your custom designed symbol. This die is then used to strike your design onto a copper or brass base metal. Copper and brass are soft enough for a sharp and detailed impression but durable for long-lasting use. A trimming tool is then used to cut out each die struck pin. Texturing is then applied to the pin, followed by the special polishing to create the contrasting to set off the raised images. After a final quality inspection, your custom designed die struck pins are carefully packaged and shipped directly to you.

Interested? Please call us! 1-800-678-9288. We would be happy to help you choose the right design of Die Struck pin to suit your needs. OR get a Fast quote online or visit us at www.pinsource.com



Edward Gorey House – A Unique American Museum

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To those with an absurdist sense of humor and fondness for drawing, Edward Gorey is the beloved author and illustrator of such tales as The Doubtful Guest, The Curious Sofa, and The Loathsome Couple. To television viewers, he’s the creator of the animation that opens Mystery! on PBS. To theatergoers, he’s the Tony Award-winning set and costume designer behind 1977 rendition of Dracula. No matter how you know him,  there’s no denying he’s a talented and beloved American artist and author.

The Edward Gorey House is  a very special place that is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the life and works of Edward Gorey and honoring his legacy.  In 1979 Edward Gorey purchased the 200 year-old sea captain’s home at 8 Strawberry Lane on the Yarmouth Port Common, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After his death in 2000 the house became a museum, dedicated to Gorey’s life and work. The House displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality.

I reached out to Gregory Hischak, the Edward Gorey House Curator, to discus more about this unique man, the museum and how TheEdward Gorey House uses products from PinSOurce to promote the work they do.

PS: How do you use the materials from PinSource within your organization?

GH: PinSource produces our annual membership pins and has done so ever since 2005.

PS: Why are the products important?

GH:The Annual Membership Pin is, along with the collateral that it is tied in with, a key component of our yearly exhibit. The image is used on all email communications and is prominent in our social media. The pin is mailed to current members, used by docents and, of course, it is also sold in our gift shop. These pins become Gorey Collectibles and there are more than a few collectors out there who have every pin the House has ever made available.

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GH:The Edward Gorey House is, as the name suggests, Gorey’s house in Yarmouth Port, MA. This is his home that he lived and worked, collected and passed away in. We are not the trustees of his estate or licensees of Gorey’s works though we have a pretty cordial accessibility to the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust’s archive of original art. From them and from the House items we build a new exhibit every year. With Gorey, who had such a myriad of interests and abilities and was keenly prolific, each exhibit from year to year is quite different and this allows us to really re-invent the House and showcase another aspect of Gorey every year for visitors.

PS: For a person not familiar with EG work, what would you say is important for people to know or understand about him?

GH: Edward has a very distinctive style and sensibility that runs through all his work, whether it be his own books, the work he illustrated for other authors, his set designs, etchings, etc. Always there is formal macabre whimsy running through everything. While Gorey’s work is fatalist, surreal and even a bit murderous it is also invariably very very funny. His humor always turns what might be just stark into something delightful. Getting that across to visitors is the primary goal of the House.

PS: Are there any exciting upcoming events in the New Year at EGH that our readers should know about?

GH: The House will re-open with the 2016 Exhibit on April 15, 2016. We’re still wrestling over the name though “The Mysterious Mayonnaise” had a run for a while before being discarded. Our annual summer childrens festival Fantastagorey Day will be Saturday, August 6th. This is a free all-ages event that engages kids in readings, book-making, creature making, games and a lot of general mayhem. There are always a lot of other things that come up and becoming Friends with the House on Facebook is a great way to keep up on the things we have going on.

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GH: I think there’s no doubt, people who have visited us have found the Edward Gorey House to be one of the most interesting, unique small museums in America. it is evolving, educational, mysterious and a lot of fun. Plus, you can always buy a pin in the gift shop.

All Images Courtsey of  the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

If you’d like to visit the Edward Gorey House it’s located at:

8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

Edward Gorey House 2016 Hours of Operation:

April 15 – July 3 Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
July 6 – October 9 Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
October 14 – Dec 31 Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.

Lean more: www.edwardgoreyhouse.org