The picture does not do the sheer size of this majestic patch justice. It’s really big and really royal! For many people, Denmark has vague associations with Hans Christian Andersen and LEGO, but it is also home to the Tuborg brewery, which has a long history and a really neat crown logo. This patch is from their American subsidiary and would be at home right in the middle of any shirt or jacket you chose to decorate, if patches and beer patches are something you love. To see the great details on this patch and for measurements, please click here.
When you find a piece of clothing like this, you also find someone’s story. Sometimes, you also find how that story relates to history! In researching the place names on this jacket, I learned that Misawa, Japan was the starting point for the world’s first trans-Pacific flight. (Source: “Then and Now“) After World War II, it served as an Air Force Base and the Navy also had a presence there too. This jacket tells the story of someone called “Chi Chi”, who was in the 6920 Security Group for two years in the 1970’s. Looking at the patches and the embroidery, you get a better idea of this person’s hobbies and activities:
Whoever Chi Chi was, he loved sports: Basketball, baseball, and he was apparently from California. From the map on the back of the jacket, you can see how far to the north Misawa is: At the northern tip of the main island (Honshu) in the Aomori prefecture. The fleece lining on this jacket likely helped keep Chi Chi warm in the winter, as it can get pretty snowy in northern Honshu. Another way to warm up in this region of Japan is to visit an onsen (hot springs bath), but there’s no patch for that.
If you’re interested in history and souvenir jackets, please find more detail views of the other patches here.
A rockin’ denim jacket never goes out of style (at least, in my world) and there is no better way to trick out your denim than with retro rock patches and pins from Monster Vintage. Featuring a selection of rock and metal bands spanning the 70s and 80s, like Metallica and Poison. And where else are you going to find a Kix patch, for pete’s sake?!
Patches and pins are fun and affordable collectibles that anyone can enjoy, whether you sew them to your jacket or your laptop bag or anything else that needs an infusion of awesome.
And if you need a denim jacket onto which you can affix your finds, of course you can always browse the selection of retro denim jackets at Monster Vintage!