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Dress shirt with red buttonhole

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Demeter, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. hklouis

    hklouis Member

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    maybe i am silly...but i always thought it was a sign that you have reached the last button..assuming you button top down..
     
  2. romafan

    romafan Senior member

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    Yes, I've got two-year old twin boys who are early risers. Three hours of roughhousing & playing later, I often find myself in a zoned-out state as I absentmidedly get dressed for work. Staring out the window as I button my shirt, the horizontal buttonhole tells me it's time to put on my pants. [​IMG]
     
  3. Demeter

    Demeter Senior member

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    Wherabouts are you, if you don't mind me asking? I'm going to assume Ottawa/Montreal/Toronto area.
     
  4. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    What? You button your shirt starting from the top button? Crazy. [​IMG]
     
  5. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    No offense ... but a red buttonhole hidden in the pants is for Junior shirtmakers. Eventually Junior gets older and attains a greater degree of testicular fortitude: [​IMG]
     
  6. naturlaut

    naturlaut Senior member

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    No offense, but black tux, blue shirt, blue bow, red buttons... Mm... I'm thinking, either this is the only pieces he has in his wardrobe or he has a bit of problems with colours.... I wonder what shoes he was wearing.
     
  7. gardel

    gardel Well-Known Member

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    Red suede tasselled Alden loafers.
     
  8. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Red Suede Tassled Flip Flops.
     
  9. naturlaut

    naturlaut Senior member

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    Bespoke Red Suede Tassled Flip Flops.
     
  10. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Open-toed 89 last?

    koji
     
  11. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    No, Dr. Vass Flip Flops. U-last.
     
  12. Demeter

    Demeter Senior member

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    Hmm.... Junior. Probably. I think Ed13 was right in asserting it was a Samuelsohn shirt.
     
  13. trogdor

    trogdor Senior member

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    Red buttonhole is for junior
     
  14. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I must disagree with Mr. Kabbaz again on those red buttons. I am curious though about what material they're made of. MOP can't be dyed, right? So are they plastic?
     
  15. Ed13

    Ed13 Senior member

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    Meaculpa,

    I live in Toronto.

    Colour on an unseen bottonhole doesn't matter to me but I don't think I would try to pull off red buttons on a blue shirt. The kind of shirt I would expect to see on a red carpet.
     
  16. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Have we met? And disagreed previously? I didn't realize.
    Wrong.
    Perfect score. Wrong again. Here are a few Mother-of-Pearl buttons for your edification. ALL of the buttons on the chart are M-O-P except: Row 9 which are the fora-wide famous antique Muscatine Iowa shell buttons and Row 10 Buttons 1 & 2 which are abalone and Button 4 which is metal. The buttons Mr. Lufkin is sporting on his blue dress shirt are in the sixth row down, third button from the left. [​IMG]
     
  17. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    But back to "the Shirt With The Red Buttonhole":

    Virtually every designer who thinks of making a colored buttonhole also believes that he was the first ever to do so. I remember doing exactly that for Tommy Hilfiger in 1986. For Alexander Julian, in 1990, we made a red "pen" buttonhole on the left pocket.

    It isn't something new.

    Also for Hilfiger, he wanted to come up with a way to make his label really stand out. So we came up with the idea to cut out colored triangles of similar fabric, sew those in the yoke, and sew the label on top of them. If I remember, he carried on with that particular design element for at least six or seven years.
     
  18. Demeter

    Demeter Senior member

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    So, in summary, the purpose of that red buttonhole is to provide the wearer with a small ostentatious display of style... in their pants.
     

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