Buttons Create Fashion
The button has long been a favoured, decorative feature in fashion for both men and women.
Just as the world rotates, so is the fashion industry constantly changing. That has of course a direct effect on the trends in buttons. It is all the more important in fashion to stay very close to the trend. Button manufacturers gather inspiration from the fashion capitals of the world, such as Paris, Milan and New York. Only so can high-quality basic buttons and glittering highlights emerge, which are more than just decorative “trimmings”.
Finest quality and a sophisticated aesthetics are the basic requirements for choosing a particular material for buttons. Only through the use of natural raw materials and selected materials is it possible for the button manufacturers to constantly keep up with the highest international quality standards.
Natural materials play an especially major role today. Buttons made of horn, stone nut, mother of pearl, real coconut, bamboo, real wood or leather are again and again supplemented by other unconventional materials. Thanks to the inexhaustible inspiration and development work of fashion designers, button manufacturers able to offer a wide range of materials and button creations. Just as fashion is constantly changing, so too is product range. Trendy materials such as metal with high-quality coloured enamelings or polyester complete range of buttons . And if these were often valuable individual pieces in the past, then now, thanks to state-of-the-art production technology, button industry is able to produce cost-effective large runs.
Horn, stone nut and mother of pearl - these are the classics among the button materials. In addition, there are noble product lines made of real coconut, bamboo, real wood and real bone.
Mother of Pearl
Mother-of-pearl has always been a classic as well as valuable material for buttons. Each shell has its own design. The diversity of species promises an almost inexhaustible repertoire. Mother of pearl buttons are iridescent buttons made from an inner layer of certain shells. Especially shells of oysters and mussels that contain nacre, the mineral substance that forms pearls. atural nacre buttons come in colors like: White, gray, beige, pink, black They vary in color as widely as the inner lining of the shells of molluscs. Some of them are shiny, some are dotted, some have a pink or blue undertone, some are rainbow-tinted. One might as well say there are no two identical mother of pearl buttons.
Stone Nut (TAGUA)
Tagua, also called herbal ivory, is the name given to the nut of a five to six meter high palm species that grows in the rainforests of South America. Tagua nuts must dry in the sun for several months after harvest until fully cured. Each nut is unique and has a beautiful, natural grain. By subsequent dyeing, this impression can be reinforced. In this way, each button made of this material becomes a unique piece.
Accessory and button leather is one of the oldest materials in the manufacture of buttons, belts and other clothing accessories. Absolute classic – we all know it - is the plaited leather button on tweed costumes and jackets.
Real Horn Buttons
No one like the other. Horn is and remains the hit when it comes to noble fashion. Traditionally, it is used on woolen fabrics. Horn is a versatile natural material and therefore varies in its color scheme from black over brown and red to light oscillations. What many do not know: The horn tip is strictly reserved for the buttons and toggle closures for duffel coats. The remaining hollow horn is bent so that it becomes usable for buttons of all kinds, closures and combs.
Buttons made of horn are refined by burning and lasers. In this way, even high-contrast lettering can be incorporated.
Horn buttons—like many other natural products—are known for their rich, deep, color. They have a beauty that is difficult to capture in an imitation. The finish can be anywhere from a rough, weathered look to a highly polished shine, but any good horn button will have a radiance that no plastic copy can reproduce. If you hold a horn button up to the light, you should be able to see some amount of translucence as well as variations and imperfections that are the hallmark of a natural
Coconut buttons are made of the outer shell of the tropical fruit coconut .Coconut shell is used to make buttons due to its strong rigidity and this kind of buttons are mainly applied to casual clothing.
The color of this button ranges from light brown to dark brown, which is lighter before soaking and darker after soaking. Besides, two sides of buttons also differ in colors.
The surface of buttons is dotted with spots or lines. They can also be dyed into various colors after bleaching. The weakness of the coconut button is similar to that of wood buttons.
Corozo buttons are made of corozo which is growing in Ecuador and Colombia.Corozo buttons are featured with rigidity and elegance. After cutting, corozo presents a surface with charming colors and textures similar to ivory, as a result of which, corozo buttons are also regarded as plant imitation ivory buttons.
After a dozen difficulty manufacturing procedures, corozo buttons turn into a fine craftwork appealing to us by soft and simple color, natural texture, dynamic pattern and elegant sense, usually used in high-end garments.
Corozo buttons fall into two kinds depending on where they are taken. One kind of button made of the shell of nut, the surface of which shows brown patterns. While the other kind made of the inner part of nut has stripes or concentric circles on the surface.
High-end products, not only for the aesthetic aspect but also for the consistency of the effects and the surface, variety of models, colors and dimensional accuracy. They are produced through a complex technology that uses only human labor in the construction phase of the button structure.