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The Hand Sewn Buttonhole Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AnGeLiCbOrIs, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    I love hand sewn buttonholes so I am starting a thread dedicated to them.

    The pictures are all from suits that I have in my home or office.

    Feel free to add your own. Hand sewn only, please.

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    And an embarrassing Kiton in the window of Knize last week.

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  2. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    I sold this Hickey Freeman Presidential sportcoat two years ago. The buttonholes from this (unappreciated) collection were finished on both sides.

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  3. AnGeLiCbOrIs

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    Ralph Lauren Purple Label by Caruso

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  5. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    Caruso does a nice asola lucida too. I have seen it on Lanvin 15 Fabourg suits.

    I found some old pictures of the suits on my computer but it is impossible to see the buttonholes.
     
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    Tom Ford definitely takes the cake
     
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    Cesare Attolini

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  11. MalfordOfLondon

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    Thread sounds painful.

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    Tom Ford definitely wins.
     
  12. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    I like the craftsmanship of the TF but that giant buttonhole feels like wearing a logo to me. They also lose most of their points by using machine buttonholes futr the fastening buttons.
     
  13. Stugotes

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    Are buttonholes always supposed to be the same size? I thought they're appropriately sized in regard to the lapel width.
     
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  14. jeff13007

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    Agreed but notice how its only a pic of the lapel button hole and not the others as with the other brands in this thread lol
     
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    Im not actually sure about this. They had some TF look a likes at suit supply and my suit has one in their display on madison avenue thats obiously trying to look like TF but they both use the normal size lapel holes
     
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    May I suggest that all manufacture or brand name be removed, and that we enjoy the "handwok" without the bias of knowing that it's some supposed Italian masterpiece.

    There is already so much preconceived notions and prejudices about these things.
     
  17. kolecho

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    I started out loving the TF (Milanese?) buttonhole, but after a while they look a bit too fine for its own sake. I'd have the A&S ones any day.
     
  18. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    Each manufacturer does it differently and I like being able to compare one to another. I doubt that anyone would argue that the Zegna or bottom Kiton in the OP are pretty regardless of the fact that they are on popular $6,000+ suits.
     
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  19. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The gold one is not Tom Ford, I did it.

    If you're interested, I published an article in The Rake on the Asola Lucida- I think it's still on shelves.
     
  20. lee_44106

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    All handsewn buttonholes are pretty, at least to clothing aficionados on SF.

    But sewing a buttonhole is just a technical skill, which anybody with fingers and thumb can learn to do.

    I'd hate for this thread continue to perpetuate the myth that quality clothing only come from Italy/England.
     

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