It’s time we used our lapels more…
Most jackets have a buttonhole on the lapel and yet very few people use this to accessory, with the exception of weddings and formal occasions, which are actually not the origin of the tradition. Boutonniere was established earlier this year by Christopher Harrap, a Yorkshireman turned Londoner with a real passion for design, tailoring and craftsmanship, who decided it was time everyone saw the buttonhole not as something to be nervous about, but just another option for adding a touch of dash, alongside a pocket square or silk handkerchief. Chris went about sourcing the very best materials and craftsmen to turn an original buttonhole accessory design concept into reality, resulting in Boutonniere being launched as a brand just a couple of months ago from their incredible shared east London studio.
After exploring various materials, the decision was made to create buttonhole flowers from fine capodimonte porcelain, hence miniature flowers are handmade in Vicenza, Italy to a custom design, replicating stunning camellias seen at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Camellia House. Their detailing is fine (the petals have very subtle ridges and indentations), but despite looking delicate they are surprisingly strong when handled.
These flowers are then mated to a bespoke handmade clasp from one of the oldest cutlery companies in Sheffield, the original city of metalworks and silversmiths. Made either in polished stainless steel (to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the invention of stainless steel in Sheffield), or 925 sterling silver, the clasp is designed to allow engraving for a personal touch and holds the lapel firmly without piercing the fabric, something Boutonniere wanted to avoid given the cost of many bespoke suits. It is also covered by the flower at the front, so the clasp itself is subtle too and only the flower is seen on the lapel.
Packaging for Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter
Each item is assembled and checked by before being packaged in a subtle, bespoke presentation box by a Sheffield company who have been trading since 1816 and also make all packaging for Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter. All in all, it’s clear that they have thrown caution to the wind with expense, seeking to support British industry and make beautiful items that they’re proud of. Speaking about the company’s passion in this respect, Chris says:
“When we were designing and sourcing every part of the product, we were told on a daily basis about the cost savings of sourcing from the east, but it wasn’t something we ever considered. Yes it costs us more, but we are proud of what we make and we enjoy supporting the people around us. People are tired of automated, faceless production and they love something that is made by people and has a story and heritage to it, so that is how we intend to continue.”
If you are looking for something chic, original, beautifully made and presented, whether for yourself or as a gift, look them up at www.boutonnierelondon.com