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calvinloke

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I noticed that my bespoke suit has this button attached to the back of the front buttons. Is this the common Asian style of placing the spare button? Or could it be there for other purposes?
 

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Is this a single or double-breasted coat?
 

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Originally Posted by calvinloke
I noticed that my bespoke suit has this button attached to the back of the front buttons. Is this the common Asian style of placing the spare button? Or could it be there for other purposes?

Is this on the jacket or on the trouser?
 

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It's not a DJ? My (also bespoke) one button Dinner Jacket has a similar long shanked button on the back side of the button.

My understanding was that it was meant to allow enough give to keep the DJ buttoned while sitting for dinner (and give a bit of space for an expanded belly after dinner). Well, thats what I use mine for and it comes in quite handy.

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I've had coats with a smaller button on the inside presumably to give greater strength. Never seen equal-sized buttons
 

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what you have there is a "link button". it is used as a different manner of buttoning the jacket. it is most often seen on dinner [tux] suits.
just button it in the buttonhole.
 

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Originally Posted by VKK3450
It's not a DJ? My (also bespoke) one button Dinner Jacket has a similar long shanked button on the back side of the button.

My understanding was that it was meant to allow enough give to keep the DJ buttoned while sitting for dinner (and give a bit of space for an expanded belly after dinner). Well, thats what I use mine for and it comes in quite handy.

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I really like this idea. Very practical. Would this be weird to do it on a suit though?
 

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Originally Posted by calvinloke
I really like this idea. Very practical. Would this be weird to do it on a suit though?

I've seen it on a leather blazer and on a lot of tuxedos.

I still have no idea what is the correct etiquette for using it, however I've never had a need to use it either.
 

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Originally Posted by calvinloke
I really like this idea. Very practical. Would this be weird to do it on a suit though?

I really dont know. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but it is acceptable to unbutton a lounge / business suit when seated, so you wouldnt really need the back button.

I also think that if you are going to use it when standing, a gap may show where the breasts are not overlapping. With a dinner jacket / tuxedo the vest or cummerbund would cover this up. Hope that makes sense.

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This link button also serves as an anchor button, providing strength by sewing the buttons threw to each other as opposed to one button directly into the fabric.

Personally I do not like anchor buttons because I would rather have a clean look. I never use anchor buttons or link buttons when creating a coat for a client unless they ask for it, and no one does.
 

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Originally Posted by calvinloke
I really like this idea. Very practical. Would this be weird to do it on a suit though?

Yes, it would be weird.
 

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Originally Posted by calvinloke
I noticed that my bespoke suit has this button attached to the back of the front buttons. Is this the common Asian style of placing the spare button? Or could it be there for other purposes?

That looks like a button more normally found on an evening dress (dinner jacket) to allow for gentle expansion or perhaps sitting down with jacket unfastened. It was not unusual on UK jackets in the 1950s/1960s for gentlemen but would be amark of a bespoke suit today..

The small button behind the facing of a jacket made by an Asian (not exclusively) tailor is for strengthening as it enables to thread to be drawn against it.
 

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It's a link front, peeps.
 

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Originally Posted by grimslade
It's a link front, peeps.

Maybe it's meant to be a variation, but a true link front has two buttonholes (one on each side of the coat) and the buttons are not attached, but are rather like a cufflink.
 

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