are you always losing buttons? do you find them in the rim of the washing machine door? or do you find that buttons are just not secured so well these days and fall of so quickly. i now put all my lost and found buttons in a simple glass jam jar and hang it in the bathroom. you can buy a little pack of beautiful white assorted buttons from one of the stalls in Portobello Green Market under the westway. On a Friday morning, there are 2 haberdasher type stalls selling vintage cotton reels and ribbons, one is in the covered part of the market and the other is on the street just in front of the Cloth Shop.
a haberdashers/ fabric/ art shop has just opened on camden high street – selling everything from wool, needles, fabric dye and simple art products – its just opposite Boots in what was the kitchen shop, which is sorely missed. you can also find a nice selection at whitstable fabric and haberdashery, who has everything you need to repair and update any dress, trimmings, fabrics, buttons, its what every high street should have!
for a big choice of buttons the button queen has an amazing choice of antique and modern buttons – sadly no longer on Marylebone lane, but they do online. they will even cover buttons to match your garment, taking the fabric from a hem or seam. taylors also cover buttons and sells a range of vintage buttons and is a very quirky atmospheric shop. old button shop on kings road also sells a good range of buttons, and they will post to anywhere in the world. Moya Smith sells lots of brass buttons and old cutlery at Portobello Antiques market.
and VV Rouleaux have a good selection alongside their fabulous ribbons and trimmings. DM buttons and buttonholes are right in the heart of soho and has a vast array of buttons and button services – you can even get buttons with your initials on them.