ISSUE 58  |  On the Mountain

Design Sleuth: The Patch Man of Saint-Moritz

February 08, 2013 8:00 PM

BY Kendra Wilson

Choosing to ski at the end of winter instead of dreaming of warmer places is a way of celebrating the season. These ski patches, sewn on to hot water bottles and woolen hats, have a similar effect. It’s winter: embrace it.

The patches are particularly charming because of their traditional design and because they are handmade. Tracked down by our friend Gina Portman, they are available at Folk at Home, attached to wintry wooly things. “They’re made by Bruno,” she says. “He lives near Saint-Moritz.” She is always rather mysterious about her sources. We can however reveal that these patches are made with a sewing machine in an old farmhouse in the Alps and that Bruno and his father Bernhard are the last of an old tradition.

Above: A Swiss mountain goat = the Alps. No words necessary. Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

Above: A small collection of motifs is shared between the patches which come in different shapes and colors. The Swiss flag being the common denominator. For more information and pricing, see Folk at Home. Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

Above: The ski resort of Arosa, with a cabin and ski combo. Photograph via Folk at Home.

Above: A value-added patch. Cable car, chalet plus—gentian and eidelweiss. Photograph via Folk at Home.

Above: A woolen hot water bottle (£35). Folk at Home will be at the Selvedge Spring Fair at the Chelsea Town Hall, from March 22 to 23. Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

Want to adopt more of our favorite elements of Swiss mountain hiker style? See “Design Sleuth: Rustic Walking Stick.”