Looking for the best custom patch company that can make really cool patches?We’re here to guide you but first…why patches?
Custom embroidered patches are one of the hottest band merch items that has made a comeback in the last couple of years.
Actually, patches has always been one of the classic band merch essentials together with custom t-shirts but for some strange reason, it wasn’t been given much attention by musicians. We can’t blame them. There are just too many options for band merch nowadays. Lately, however, we see a rise in orders and inquiries for custom band patches. What’s cool is that it’s not just musicians who are asking us for custom band patches, lots of filmmakers want custom patches for their merch too, as well as event organizers and business owners. YEY! This makes us happy because we’ve always advocated for merch items that won’t burn a hole on our clients’ pockets.
Here at Unified, we offer custom embroidered patches, custom woven patches, custom printed patches, custom bullion patches, custom chenille patches, custom PVC patches, custom leather patches, custom sequin patches…any patch you can think of! We just made a batch for Youtube and they’re looking super fly. Click here if you want to get a quote.
If, for one reason or another, you can’t have your custom patches made with us, here are some things to look for if you’re looking for the best custom patch company:
FREE DESIGN SERVICE
Find a patch company that offers free design services. The good thing about this is that aside from you saving a few dollars, you’ll also be sure that your design would match their standards for printing because they know their thing. You can hold them accountable for the specs and quality of your design.
When it’s your first time to try out a patch company or any other company, it’s wise to limit your risk. You’d want to test a few items first before you actually buy in bulk, right? If a patch company only offers a minimum of 100+ items, then what if those 100 patches turn out to be crap? You’d lose a lot of money and time.
OFFERS FREE SAMPLE
Aside from no minimums, this is a sign of a good company. This means that they’ve been around for a while and their main goal is to give you patches that you really love, not just run with your money. Ask them if they give free samples for your finished design. Now most of these patch companies, even the very good ones (or especially the very good ones) would require you to pay a higher price for a sample of your custom patch. They’re not doing it to get any money they can get from you, they’re doing it to make sure they won’t get abused. We tried not charging for free samples before but we get a lot of inquiries and sent a lot of free samples only to get no reply.
Every patch company claims that they’re good (even us) but are they really? The best way to find out without spending a cent is by checking their portfolio page or asking for previous clients. Check out the items, check out the reviews…if their office is near you, check them out (although now is probably not a good time because of Covid19). What you can do is email their previous clients and ask for their experience. After all, it’s not just the final product that’s important, the overall experience is equally important.
Now this might seem like last priority but if you’re in any business or career where going to be making more patches in the future (in our case, we also offer other services like CD replication, USB replication, t-shirt printing, etc), then it’s good to consider the people who’ll make your products. You want them to be honest, efficient and great problem-solvers but also fun to work with.
We hope you’ll find the best custom patch company for your project!
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.