Since our launch, we have been approached by and supplied buttons to an ever-increasing variety of designers, tailors and crafts-people. Individually, they are quite unique, collectively they remind us of the diversity of talent here in the UK (and beyond). But they don’t just focus on aesthetics. Like us, they share an active interest in ecology, sustainability and provenance. It makes perfect sense.
We thought we’d introduce you to some of our clients to inspire you and illustrate what we and they are up to. Do click on the links provided to find out more.
Wood & Meadow
The 'raison d'etre' of Wood & Meadow is obvious from its name, essentially - a very clear focus on our natural environment and our interaction with it embodied in an eclectic mix of products to use and enjoy. But for the first time the company is branching out by making a collection of workwear-inspired clothing, one garment at a time. The first being a range of work jackets in cotton drill, moleskin and corduroy. Based in Rossendale, Lancashire, Wood & Meadow is supporting factories and textile communities as close to home as possible in the UK. The Work Jacket, for example, is made near-by in Blackburn. For more information go to
We’re delighted to have worked with Sabine Lettmann, a Hamburg-based designer, on her ‘Otherways [project]’ recently. Sabine is a talented designer dedicated to sustainable fashion who uses recycled and all-natural raw materials for her work for which she has received acclaim over many years. While the concept of her ‘Otherways [project]’ is based upon the idea to create an open source for other designers to accelerate better solutions faster, her first collection under this banner has just launched. If you’re interested in finding out more about the collection, project or her work as a creative consultant do take a look at her website www.otherwaysproject.com
Photo courtesy of Asia Werbel©
Gung-ho is a London-based, ethical brand established by Sophie Dunster. Each collection is centred on a cause or ‘Talking Point’. That's why every garment comes with its very own minizine to give followers a few key facts and info on the issue at hand. That way, customers can not only wear something they love, but something they believe in, too. Gung-ho’s current focus is the impact of food on the environment – ‘Food For Thought’ and a very worthy cause. No wonder that Gung-ho has just been featured in the August 2019 edition of Country Living…www.gung-ho-design.com
Ethically produced in England, using only 100% natural up-cycled cloth, all garments are created to endure. The products are designed to come to life through wear, through beautiful hand sewn repair. These are to be storied garments; pieces that proudly show their heritage and use, pieces that evolve with you, the wearer.
We first came across Birdsong at the Make it British show in May 2018 and it was clear the company was on a mission. To realise the dream to become the UK’s leading ethical fashion brand, Birdsong does things very differently by employing three London-based women’s groups and charities to produce their clothing. Established in 2014, it aimed to counter the wholesale exploitation of millions of female garment workers worldwide, by creating an ethical fashion brand championing women from worker to wearer. www.birdsong.london
Fescue Golf is a new company specialising in golfing apparel. It is driven by ethics and not profits and makes all of its range in the UK using renewable and sustainable materials, including its ‘Signature’ merino golf shirt. Check out more on www.fescuegolf.co.uk
Ley Clothing is the brainchild of Ollie Hiscox. Originally working out of the spare room in his flat, he is a self-taught designer who is dedicated to his art. He launched his first collection just over two years ago to great acclaim with many garments being meticulously made by hand. Ethical, durable, ergonomic and sustainable, Ley Clothing is ‘built by hand’ in the industrial north of England and is dubbed as being ‘essentially utilitarian clothing suitable for all uses’.
Elizabeth Martin is an award-winning contemporary womenswear designer based in Scotland, with a focus on quality fabrics, traceability, authenticity, provenance and heritage. Impeccable quality and ethical values run throughout every one of her seasonal capsule collections which are proudly 100% Made in Britain.
The name HAAR comes from the unrelenting sea fog (haar) which often envelopes the shores of NE Scotland where the company is based. Designed and manufactured in Scotland, their garments are inspired by the varied and symbolic landscape and the culture which surrounds us, interwoven with the rich and diverse textile heritage which has played an important part in the social and economic history of Britain.
When people talk about creating a new clothing brand, few can say that they've done so to the extent that Herne Clothing has done. In fact, the story started with the selection of sheep and the kitting-out of old buildings on the family farm to accommodate the ‘Herne Fine Wool Flock’. Provenance and traceability are guaranteed - the flock is even sheared on site before the wool is taken to be processed into yarn and made into first material and then expertly crafted into garments. It means that not only is Herne ‘at one with nature’ but all of its customers, too.
Based in London, but with roots planted in the Cotswolds, Sir Plus started life buying up surplus fabric from mills and merchants from which they designed and made up irresistible garments. They have come on leaps and bounds over the past few years and now have their own store at 306 Portobello Road in London, W10. The company blends contemporary design with ecology and sustainability, perfect for the fashion conscious and conscientious.
Deva O'Neill is based in Penryn, Cornwall and is a self-taught seamstress, making simple, everyday clothing from linen. She's inspired by vintage workwear, Japanese clothing, and the colours and forms of the Cornish landscape where she lives. Tewkesbury 310 [midnight blue]
Blackhorse Lane is renowned for its high quality denim and used a friends’ WW2-era US-Army issued trouser as the basis for a new pair of jeans. Adding a bit of "tailoring innovation" to the garment’s heritage construction, they named the style the ‘SW1 Trouser’ as this is the post code of The Churchill War Rooms, where Roosevelt and Churchill spoke daily during the war. It also mirrored the US/UK connection in the garment’s story. This version was made specifically for a shop in Japan.
Ullac is a brand new label inspired by utility, function, people, places and, as they say, ‘Beastie Boy’ album covers. Based in London & Helsinki, with production concentrated at an Italian family atelier, Ullac operates to high ethical and quality standards. It has been a great honour to supply them with midnight blue Bibury 425 buttons for use on their range of Chambray shirts.
Accrington may well be best known for its venerable football team, but it is also the base of Trickett, England. Specialising in the finest athletic garments and accessories, the company even has its own ‘colours’ - navy blue, grey and white. You would hardly guess so looking at their soon to be released trousers.
Based in Moffat, Scotland, Simmons Bilt is bringing back the heritage of the original Californian name and one of the pioneers of leather jackets from the 1930’s. Using our matt, vintage-look Cornbury 965 buttons today’s jackets are made as authentically as possible to the originals.
Described as a cult British Designer who looks to real people rather than trends for his inspiration, Nigel Cabourn is a unique name in British Fashion. We are delighted that he chose our Blue 008 Cornbury 965 buttons to adorn part of his recently released collection.
Antonia Ede is a Savile Row trained bespoke tailor fusing a modern approach with traditional techniques. She came to us to source UK-made buttons which reflected her vision and charged us to make 2-hole versions of our Bibury 425 Corozo buttons.
Exploring new ideas surrounding repair and sustainability, Le Kilt’s Woolmark collection focused on taking hand-worked techniques and using them to create garments that have a personal story. Its participation in the International Woolmark Prize has been invaluable in the brand’s development.
Joe & Co.
Handcrafted in the mill towns & villages in NW England, Joe & Co engineer a range of luxury denim workwear apparel. With a signature red button and button hole stitching, each Talbot shirt is fastened using our natural Bibury 425 buttons.
The story of Hebtroco is awe-inspiring. Established in January 2016 with the aim to bring trouser production back to Hebden Bridge, aka ‘trouser-town’, the company‘s rise has been stratospheric. Our Cornbury 965 buttons, seen here on a pair of ‘Governor’ Trousers are the buttons of choice.
Just the name, Forge Denim, tells you a lot about the company's roots and heritage. Based among the steel forges of Sheffield, this exciting new brand has just launched its maiden collection. We are really proud to that they selected our midnight black Tewkesbury 310 buttons to adorn some of their wares.