I find that one of the hardest things on a retro-sewn garment is getting the buttons right. Modern buttons, while occasionally wonderful and accurate-looking, often fall short. Certainly in the color department. If you’ve ever needed a grass green button or a large decorative button for a coat, you’ve probably found yourself frustrated like I have.
This is why I was so excited when I found the world’s greatest button store not far from my house in El Cerrito, CA (in the SF Bay Area). Featuring a sign that proclaims simply “Buttons,” the strangest, loveliest little time warp awaits you. Run by the sweetest little old lady, she and her husband were button wholesalers once upon a time. He has since passed on, but his legacy of button bounty are still with us.