Dinner jacket (tuxedo) buttons

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  1. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I have a thrift store Jos A Bank tuxedo that I may like to drag out from time to time. What I didn't notice at the time of purchase was that the buttons are all uncovered plastic. They are pretty unobtrusive, but as you can imagine being me, embarrassing. I need to replace them but it's hard to find replacements online.

    They should be satin covered, two (yes I know) large waist type buttons and eight sleeve buttons.

    If anyone has a line on these let me know. I will also contact Bank and ask them if they can send me a set.

    TIA.
     


  2. Nick M

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    A lot of local fabric stores can make fabric-covered buttons for you at a buck a piece, or so.

    You just make your selection of satin, buy the minimum amount of fabric, and they'll make 'em up in a day or two.
     


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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Side-note: tuxedo buttons do not have to be satin-covered. I wanted one without (in fact, the DB midnight blue one I mentioned elsewhere today on the forum) [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Thanks Nick. I can't imagine finding proper satin at any of the fabric stores I've been in, though. Maybe I'll call around to the tailors nearby if Bank can't come through for me. I imagine they have access to better stuff.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Zj, I suppose they don't, but I like them that way. If you saw the ones on this, you would definitely not find them acceptable. They are basically the fabric covered type, without the fabric on them. I don't know what happened, but they all look like black textured ABS plastic. I suppose I could replace them with regular black ones, but I for one like the covered buttons on formal wear.

    BTW, very nice choice, midnight blue. That's some serious style-history cred.
     


  6. Nick M

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    Yeah, I find most fabric places tend to never stock fabric you might actually want. Gray flannel? Never heard of it. If you find a place with a button-making press, though, you can find black silk satin at Denverfabrics.com. I've never ordered satin, but I've ordered a few other things and been happy.
     


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    Windsor button in Boston, Mass. should have them.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Thank you Horace and Nick. As it turns out, I won't need to check there.

    I emailed Bank, told them I bought one of their tuxedos second-hand, and enquired about the availability of replacement buttons. They replied quickly with a request for my mailing address so they could ship them to me. I must say, I am impressed. I will update again when they come.
     


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