The Buttons Arrived!
All of the horse blankets are being sent out to be cleaned which means warmer weather is here to stay! It also means the inventory for Her Riding Habit is closer to being ready. The fabrics have all been printed and are on their way to the manufacturer. The hangtags are ready and the other day thousands of buttons arrived, all engraved with Her Riding Habit on the outer edge!
I've mentioned the printing process before but not the button selection journey. It turned out to be not such glamorous fun. I found myself awkwardly muffling my way through a discussion about what kind of buttons I wanted. As with everything else, there is a whole vocabulary of details one should know if you want to get just the right item you are expecting; the button industry is no exception.
Thankfully I connected with an extremely helpful button expert who guided me through the options, sent samples and created prototypes for me. I tried to keep it simple and straightforward, after all, the prints on the fabrics are the quite enough. I went with an 18 ligne, round, nylon, faux horn, flat rim, engraved with Her Riding Habit and a 4 hole round recessed well where the thread goes through to attach the button, and a smooth curved backside. Apparently the recessed well keeps the threads within the button housing to protect them from getting rubbed too much and coming loose. I didn't realize there was so much functionality built into the design of a button.
So while you may never think twice about the buttons on your shirts, no need to, someone has definitely deliberated over those details.