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Exploring Life & Business with Leba Sherman of Patched By Elle, Touched By Elle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leba Sherman. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Leba is a mother of three, who is slowly losing her vision due to a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt’s Disease. Since her diagnosis, Leba has courageously pivoted her focus and outreach to helping bring awareness and sharing her positive outlook on life, even while facing adversity. She hopes to make a difference with her one-of-a-kind Braille patches.

Thank you for supporting Touched by Elle and making Leba’s dream a vivid and fulfilling reality.

“You don’t need sight to have vision”

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like. 

Working with children on the spectrum was

Having earned a masters degree in special education, I worked with children of all ages and almost all physical and mental disabilities for close to 10 years. Unfortunately after my diagnosis almost 5 years ago, it became very difficult to keep up with the paperwork and progress notes that my role required.   I needed to come up with another plan, and put my mind to work at developing something that would be suitable for a stay at home mom, and would not require using my eyes for tedious tasks.

I’ve always loved fashion and customizing my own clothing, accessories and home décor.   My natural thought was to create a brand that would bring those two cornerstones together.  Largely because of how limitless and endlessly creative they are, embroidered patches became my new focus and professional excitement.  This helped keep me happy and busy, while till fulfilling a much needed creative outlet and structure for passion.

After carefully watering and nurturing it, Patchedbyelle was created as a hobby and turned into a booming business. With over 100 patch choices to choose from, customers can come design one-of-a-kind items like denim jackets, sweatshirts, bags, backpacks and much more.  After a few years of growing this business, I wanted to find something that would more deeply connect these patches to my eye condition, and to help raise awareness for people living with visual impairment.  I then came up with braille-embroidered patches using words of affirmation as the key focus of patch. Starting with our core braille line of patches, we continue to work on trademarking new releases and look forward to sharing them with the world!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?

Having to create a business with a visual impairment can be difficult at times. To see the small print on labels and necessary items, or having to zoom in all the time looking at pictures in different lighting can get frustrating.  These are just some obstacles I experience on a daily basis, but for the most part it’s sustainable and fulfilling, which makes it absolutely worth the frustration.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Hand-made and assembled in Los Angeles, Patched by Elle’s all-original clothing and apparel is always fresh and guaranteed to impress. Vividly unique and high quality, our embroidered patches are what we use to express our take on modern fashion and style. Ranging from pop art to zoology, many disciplines and styles influenced Patched by Elle’s original patches and ultimately our custom clothing. Our current lines include denim jackets, a variety of hoodie sweaters, and stand-alone embroidered patches all designed with an injection of intense fun and iconic style. Available across an array of sizes and styles, our embroidered patches and couture adhere to the highest quality standards. Worn by men, women, and kids of all ages, Patched by Elle proudly supports giving back to those less fortunate. Our brand donates a portion of every sale to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, an organization near and dear to our hearts.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

When it comes to risk taking, I’m a numbers girl and I don’t like to waste. I would always try different ideas before I would buy in bulk and see how the audience responded. When I first started my company, patched by elle, I ordered an insane amount of patches, something like 20,000 .  Since then, I have learned that less is more!


  • $15-$165

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