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Anywhere i can get mop shirt buttons on the net?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alias, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    I've been trying to find some mother-of-pearl buttons for my shirts, but I haven't had much luck. The shirtmakers around here refuse to do them, because they (obviously) cost a bit more than the plastic ones (blech) they like to use. Now I like the shirts they made me: they're cheap, they fit, and the fabric is quite good. I'd just like a bag of buttons to have, to replace all of those junky plastic ones with and to give them to any future shirtmaker of mine to add to any future shirt he might make.

    Are there any websites out there that sell mop shirt buttons?
     
  2. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Alias

    As Imentioned in a previous post. A shirt factory in Pennsylania that made shirts for Barney's,Paul Stuart, and Sulka went out of business. I purchased all of the trim. This includes thread,Care labels, plastic bags, white carboard collar strips, plastic butterflies, Collar stays, and way too many buttons. Plastic, nut, and MOP

    I have more buttons then I know what to do with.
    $10 a gross for english rim. Those are the flatter ones with the wire like rim on the edge.
    $15 a gross for Bevel cup. Those curve up from the underside. They are quite thick. Those are Trocas. Not as white as true MOP

    These are very good prices. Just search the net.

    I can get you those awful Borelli  type Buttons. They are about $60 a gross..
     
  3. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    I'm one of the few idiots in the world who doesn't know what a gross is. What's a gross?

    Edit: Nevermind, because I just had an astonishing flashback of a Beavis and Butthead episode, in which Mr. Anderson confirms to Beavis (selling him magazines over the phone) that a gross is a 144.
     
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    Hey, Alias,

    Try Kwangjang Market of ask at Hahn's. Fun to strawl around and you'll find amazing MOP buttons at incredible prices (around 300 Won a piece).

    How did the suit come out? And where do you do your shirts?

    Regards
     
  5. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    I get all my shirts from Jantzen now.

    I went to Kwangjang and immediately got lost. But I'll try asking Mr. Hahn.

    The suit came out wonderfully. It's a positive steal at how much I paid for it. The fabric may not be Ermenegildo Zegna, but it's more than passable. The construction is also quite good, and I'm very pleased with the amount of work that went into it. Almost everything is neat (I say "almost" because the sleeve buttonholes could be a bit neater, but hey, it cost me half a grand, and he even gave me an introductory price of fifty dollars less than what he usually charges) and a lot worse could be done with the money. It sure as hell beats anything I can get from Hyundai Department Store.

    And 300 won is dirty-damn-ridiculous (the good kind.) I should bring all my spare change with me to Kwangjang.
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A gross is twelve dozens: i.e. 144.

    A measurement traditionally used by wholesalers, hence the term "selling by the gross" (in bulk).
     
  7. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    Beavis: Whoa, I have Guns and Ammo. Fifty ser-pent off. Heh heh heh. Mr. Anderson: Guns and Ammo? Well, old Bessy is running low on shells. Tell you what. Sign me up for a gross. You hear me? That's a hundred-and-fourty-four. Sorry, couldn't resist.
     
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    Just out of curiousity, why do you call the Borrelli-style buttons awful? I personally think they look great and I wish more shirt-makers would use thicker buttons. I notice Burberry has recently started using super-thick MOP buttons on their dress shirts - the shirts also had single-needle stitching and even pattern matching and were only about $150-160, which isn't bad considering they were recently charging the same prices for shirts with double-needle stitching and plastic buttons.
     
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    banksmiranda Senior member

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    here's my opinion on buttons:
    I like many different types of MOP buttons.  Some complained that the 5mm MOP buttons on Fray shirts were difficult to button(particularly on the cuffs).  Fray has more recently started to attach its buttons with a shank and rounded one end of its buttonholes.
    I don't think that the rounding of one end of the buttonholes makes much of a difference.  What is of critical importance is that the buttonhole length be equal to(or very slightly longer than) the sum of the diameter plus thickness of the button itself.  Sewing a shank allows the shirt to be buttoned somewhat more easily and provides a more secure attachment.
    I really like the buttons of Brioni(though I think that they should use 16L for the sleeve placket and 18L for the others instead of 14L for sleeve placket and 16L for the rest), Barba/Borrelli/Marol(same button), Kiton(though I don't care for the rough bottom), Fray, Charvet, Turnbull and Asser, and Hilditch and Key.

    What shapes, designs, and thicknesses do you like?
     

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