Monday, November 1, 2010

#1565 Elbow patches – a good looking form following function

Photo: Howard Yount

I have this problem where all of my sweaters keep getting holes in the elbows. Attribute it to sharp bones or too much table leaning or both, but it's an issue that begs attention. Last Christmas I convinced my Mum to knit me some elbow patches for my grey Comme Play sweater, and I've never looked back. (Mum, if you're reading this, kindly dust off those knitting needles cos I've got two more holes on the go.) In a happy twist of fate, now that everybody's going nuts over classic Ivy League style, elbow patches are reappearing all over the show. I want to see them on everything from cashmere sweaters to cotton crews, tweed blazers to corduroy suits. If someone can show me a classic Shetland sweater with leather arm patches I'll be sold. Until then, Howard Yount's V Neck offering above is looking pretty good, as is this A.P.C. bad boy from Qubic here in Auckland. And if all else fails, holla at your mother.

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5 comments:

miaowkat said...

HOWARD MOON ALWAYS KNEW STYLE WHO EVER DOUBTED HIS ELBOW PATCHES SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!

nico said...

so that's what elbow patches are for! lol

Lotta said...

Lovin' those patches... and the new header Isaac!

Patchy said...

Sneaky tip - Ikes Emporium in devo has pre cut leather elbow patches for $6.50 that you can sew on to anything, in Navy, Black, Tan and one other colour but I can't remember if it was Forest Green or Rust...I want to get some but first I have to find a sweater.

Emma Gleason said...

I love them but only when they are functional. Hence why I've had suede elbow patches on my 30 year old cashmere jumper (I kid you not - it's really that old. Best hand me down EVER) ever since I wore through my elbows.