More often than not, elbow patches look and feel unavoidably stodgy, which makes sense. Before they were aesthetic add-ons to brand new clothing, they were used primarily as a way to repair and reinforce old garments so worn and beloved that they’d developed holes in their sleeves.
But Billy Reid, who specializes in making classic American clothes feel distinctly modern, makes good use of a differently shaped leather elbow patch in his Dover sweatshirt. The style, now available alongside several other of Reid’s designs at Huckberry, features a large square patch of brown leather, instead of the traditional small suede oval. It’s the kind of update that can make you think differently about clothing, and that can make something old-fashioned feel brand now.
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