Article: 19891101126

Title: Button Hooked

19891101126
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Button Hooked
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Legend has it that the captain of the H.M.S. Blazer, eager to spiff up his crew for Queen Victoria's 1837 coronation, designed what today is the world's most versatile sports jacket. For years, the styling of blazer buttons went unchanged until Ivy Leaguers, along with wearing neckties heralding their alma maters, decided to trade anchors for emblems and took to wearing college insignia on their sleeves and jacket fronts. Now you can buy blazer-button sets (large front-closure buttons and smaller sleeve ones) or individual buttons in a variety of looks, from heraldic shields to simple sterling-silver discs. All make a neat personal statement that says you have your fashion act smartly buttoned up.
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Legend has it that the captain of the H.M.S. Blazer, eager to spiff up his crew for Queen Victoria's 1837 coronation, designed what today is the world's most versatile sports jacket. For years, the styling of blazer buttons went unchanged until Ivy Leaguers, along with wearing neckties heralding their alma maters, decided to trade anchors for emblems and took to wearing college insignia on their sleeves and jacket fronts. Now you can buy blazer-button sets (large front-closure buttons and smaller sleeve ones) or individual buttons in a variety of looks, from heraldic shields to simple sterling-silver discs. All make a neat personal statement that says you have your fashion act smartly buttoned up.

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Following the numbers: 1. Gilt Royal Naval Coronet design, from Alfred Dunhill, New York, $165 a set. 2. Gold City of London crest, from Greenberg & Hammer, New York, about $9 each. 3. Antique gilt-and-silver design, from Tender Buttons, New York, $300 a set. 4. Cloisonné-enamel Penn State crest with gold-plated brass, by Ben Silver, $75 a set. 5. Enamel Maltese-cross design, from Tender Buttons, $220 a set. 6. Sterling-silver buttons, by Peter Brams Designs Ltd., $165 a set. 7. Raised-rim silver crest designs, from Greenberg & Hammer, $4 large, $3 small.
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