So, I have a new obsession.
Over the past few months I have been collecting enamel pins. You’ve probably seen them around on bags or jackets or lanyards, usually at conventions or most famously, Disney Parks. I don’t have a crazy collection because it can be a very expensive investment, but I have definitely collected quite a few since January of this year and I wanted to share how I started collecting and how I style my pins.
First of all, my new obsession is technically not new as I have been buying pins from Disney World since I was little. However, within the last year or so a lot of little shops online have started releasing originally designed pins that feature some of your most favorite characters, movies, shows, and pop culture phenomenons. It’s crazy how there can be a pin for literally anything these days. As soon as I started to see Star Wars pins that weren’t from Disney Parks pop up on Instagram, I was hooked.
Towards the end of 2017 I decided to bite the bullet and start collecting. The fact that people were wearing pins on their jean jackets and backpacks made me really fall in love with the whole idea. I liked that you could style your pins with a regular outfit and still give it a nerdy flair and I’m all about that subtle nerdy look.
Most of the time I wear my pins on my jean jacket and I switch it up almost weekly depending on how I’m feeling.
Now that summer is approaching and I won’t use my jean jacket as much, I’ve decided to put some of my pins on my Ita Bag. It’s whimsy and cute and stylish and something I bought specifically for Disney World and Comic Cons. My bag is from Lantern Pins, who now has a handful of colors (that I hope to purchase in the future), but you can find Ita bags all over the internet, including Amazon. I believe Ita Bags started as a phenomenon in the Anime community and have now taken over the pin community because it is so ideal for displaying pins and not having to worry about them falling off. Last year for Star Wars Celebration, I put a couple of pins on my backpack was constantly checking to see if they were still there and actually had to retrace my steps to find my beloved BB-8 pin in the middle of the exhibit hall.
I decided to get a little DIY with my bag. I was inspired by Jackie from Lantern Pins who put a colored paper in her bag slot so that it could have a more colorful background and so that the pins didn’t ruin the fabric inside. It’s a really great idea, but I will admit it was kind of a pain to do. If you’re curious, I essentially measured the bag as best I could and cut craft paper I bought from Michael’s. Honestly, when it came to putting the pins on the paper, you have to kind of just guess and risk it for the biscuit. Maybe there’s an easier way that I’m not aware of but I got it done and it doesn’t look half bad.
If I’ve peaked your interest in any way I would suggest checking out my Instagram where I have tagged all the pin makers and where I usually take pictures of my pin hauls. I will list below some of my favorite pin shops and where you can find Ita bags. I also suggest checking out hashtags on Instagram if you’re curious about all the pins that are out there or how people are styling their own pins. It’s a really fun and creative community that I’m happy to support and hopefully one day I can design my own pin!
Favorite Pin Shops (keep in mind I mostly buy Star Wars pins):
Kate Gabrielle (amazing classic film pin shop)
Places You Can Buy Ita Bags:
Instagram Hashtags to Check Out: