Custom Clutches Are Here!

PinSource is offering a custom color pin back option for custom pin orders. The color pin back is a unique offering, in addition to the black rubber clutch option, and offers an opportunity to take a customer’s pin order to the next level.  These custom rubber clutch pin backs are a new and fun way to add a splash of color and creativity to an already customized lapel pin design.  There are endless color options, including some fun summer colors to choose from for a fun, secure, and unique customized addition.FullSizeRender

“Custom clutches are a great way to make your pins stand out!”, says Nick Lockwood, Managing Director at Pinsource. “We work with tons of small & large pin designers who found this is a nice way bring their design full circle and to make a truly customized product.”

Often the design of the pin is focused on the front, more obvious angles to the piece. However, as lapel pins become more prevalent in fashion and in retail stores, the overall design both in packaging and in the look of both sides of the pin become more important. Having the ability to change the color of the rubber clutch can allow for this further customization. In addition to a retail application, the use for these clutches expands in to school colors too.  They can coordinate with sports team colors, or a school mascot pin.

Colored rubber pin clutches are just some of the new offerings that PinSource is adding as customization options. Interested customers should inquire with their PinSource sales team member to learn more about new ways to customize their lapel pin designs.

Anti-Gravity Displays

Ant-gravity displays are the latest addition to our unique offering at PinSource. Although there are a lot of ways to store pins and coins and medals, these devices offer a fun and different approach.

IMG_2888The displays  suspend each item in a thin flexible plastic layer so it can be viewed and admired from each side. They come in a variety of difference sizes and option for showcasing: rectangle and square with different dimension options as well as square or circular ‘feet’ for the display to stand on. color options are;  black or white and all have a film to suspend, over and protect each item.

The display offers a unique solution and we are pleased to be able to offer them to our customers as a fun and new option for display and storage. The possibilities are endless as they can hold  metal, lapel pins, coins and more.poppy gravity

There are a lot of different ways to display your collections or collectable items and we are excited about his new product. We hope you will be too. There are a lot of different options on the market that offer display and storage but this is a unique and new design we think you’ll be interested in. Give us a call to learn more about pricing or specific. We would be happy to discuss options.


Celebrating Milestones

As a company we pride ourselves on not only the products we design and our customer service but first and foremost our employees. We think there is something to be said for longevity in a company and when the opportunity arises to celebrate those milestones, we take advantage. And, since we celebrated some wonderful milestones at our companies last month, we wanted to take this time to highlight two wonderful employees – Todd Harvey & Jennifer Lockwood – who celebrated milestones at SUI International companies. We caught up with both of them for a little Q&A about  what makes the company unique and why they’ve stayed and committed to company as long as they have.


How long have you worked at the company?

Todd: 25 years and counting!

Jen: I have worked at PinSource since I graduated college, way back in 2006, so 10 years. I started doing some marketing projects and sales as at the time. Now, I continue to sell pins, but I also do some management.

How did you find the position / decide to work for PinSource?

Todd: Just out of college in the old fashioned Classified’s on “REAL PAPER”, now I am dating myself!  It was one of my first and only interviews and it was a small company at the time where I could gain immediate experience and make a difference right away.

Jen: My lifelong best friend Jessica’s parents own PinSource. I grew up knowing more about pins and ad specialty products than the majority of kids. I have to admit, we did play with the pins and some promotional stuffed animals from time to time. As we got older, however, Jessica and I were guinea pigs for all different kinds of products, some that took off (like silicon wristbands) and some that didn’t (like phone showers, which were scented pieces of adhesive cork in the phone cradle to make it smell nice). So, when a job was available shortly after I graduated, it only seemed like a natural fit.

What’s your favorite memory during your tenure?

Todd: The frequent Friday afternoons with our team members… winding down after a busy week, visits from our China factory team, going to the Grateful Dead concert with Rob!

Jen: About a year after I started working on the Universal Studios account, the first Harry Potter park, Diagon Alley opened in Orlando. My colleague John and I were selected to work on a range of souvenir products for the attraction, and were invited to attend the grand opening. It was a black tie event with the red carpet, and all of the major cast members from the films made an appearance. The event was in the evening, and it was truly magical to see the Hogwarts castle there for the first time, lit up against the night sky. I will truly never forget it.

If you had to pick a favorite thing about your job/working at PinSource what would it be?

Todd: The many friendships I have gained with my distributer partners over the years!

Jen: I do really love my job, so I am going to give you four things. 1) My clients, who make coming to work engaging and challenging. 2) My colleagues, who are all kind, motivated and diligent. 3) My crazy miniature dachshunds, Lilly & Fonzie, who come to work with me everyday. 4) The world travel, which is always illuminating and inspiring.

Womans Suffrage Memorabilia


“Failure is Impossible” – Susan B. Anthony 1904

Because of countless millions of women who planned, organized, lectured, wrote, marched, petitioned, paraded, and broke new ground in every field imaginable, our world is irrevocably changed. Women and men in our generation, and the ones that will follow us, are living the legacy os-l300-4f women’s rights won against staggering odds in a revolution achieved without violence. Needless to say these pioneers -or suffragettes- have much to be proud of in the legacy of the Women’s Rights Movement, and a great deal to celebrate on the anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Rights Movement.

The official start of the suffrage movement can be traced back to the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 but memorabilia from the movement didn’t really surface until the 1890’s, with the introduction of new manufacturing techniques. Votes for Women was just one of the many slogans And, although most peoplOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAe think of the sash when the image of memorabilia during that time, another popular form of suffrage artifacts were buttons and the lapel pins.

Most of the larger and many of the smaller organizations produced buttons of some sort, generally emblazoned with their official colors.  While some of these buttons were generic, they often were manufactured for a particular campaign. There are period references to the fact that many suffragists collected them and advertised for varieties that they did not have, so many suffrage buttons embody interesting stories about their creation, their slogans, and their general use. There are a few great examples of button memorabilia that showcased here that reflect the slogans of the time. Pennants with lapel pins to adorn them are a large collectors item and ‘Votes for Women’ and “Ballots for Both” were popular slogans. votes_for_women_lapel_pin_nancy-2

In 1920, due to the combined efforts of all the woman suffragettes, the 19th Amendment, enfranchising women, was finally ratified. This victory is considered the most significant achievement of women in the Progressive Era. It was the single largest extension of democratic voting rights in our nation’s history, and it was achieved peacefully, through democratic processes.



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.