Buttons have been around for uncounted generations-but the buttonhole is a relatively late arrival on the clothing scene. Shirts were originally loose-fitting tunics, with buttons that were fastened by thin cloth loops. When buttonholes were devised, they allowed for a snug, tailored clothing-and button-mania ensued. Button artistry peaked in the 1700s when buttons were stamped, engraved, held gemstones, carved in ivory, or painted.

Today your choices for buttons are even more diverse, with materials and styles from around the world. The buttonholes on your coat sleeves are also an opportunity to showcase your style. Choose surgeon's cuffs (functional button holes on the sleeves) as a true hallmark of custom clothing.

Call today, and let's talk about how you'd like to customize the buttons on your next shirt, vest, or coat.