Tender Buttons is apparently the only dedicated button shop in the United States, operating continuously for 47 years since it opened in 1965! I snapped these photos of Tender Buttons (named after a book by Gertrude Stein written in 1914), a small shop on 62nd Street in New York on our last trip there (we stayed a few blocks away). I don’t know why I stopped, other than I recall passing the shop several times in the last 30 years, and it’s the kind of place my mother would literally spend a few days browsing in… The shop has an interesting history, see their website, here, if interested, and have a look at some of the tens of thousands of buttons they have in the store.
Many high quality garments these days use shell or mother of pearl buttons, though more and more use plastic or synthetic materials. It was interesting to see leather buttons in the display window… and made me realize just how many different materials could in fact be used as buttons or clothing “fasteners”… I have a shearling coat with “horn” fasteners in lieu of buttons, for example. At any rate, I know this post is out of the ordinary for this blog, but just in case you need a special button or two, now you know where to get it. :)