Founded in Leeds in 1906 by the current owners grandfather, ‘Duttons for Buttons‘ originally started life as a Trimming Merchants. After WW2 and the collapse of trade in bespoke tailoring, Abe Goodman, the the founders son, decided to diversify. He had always been fascinated by the splendour and variety of buttons and opened an haberdashery shop in the spa town of Harrogate in 1956. After his death in 1968, his daughter, Drusilla White took over the business and has since opened 2 further stores in Ilkley & York.
Drusilla travels the world in search of unusual & exotic buttons (I want her job!). With a stock of more than 12,000 different button design, Duttons for Buttons claim to have the largest stock of buttons in the UK (and possibly Europe!). Their stock includes buttons which have been manufactured from the 1930’s to the present day: in glass, mother of pearl, diamante, crystal, metal, enamels, early & modern plastics and rare woods & horn.
Duttons for Buttons also supply buttons and accessories for Theatre, TV & Film Designers; Costume Makers; Museums & Exhibition Designers; Bridal Outfitters and Dolls’ Dress Designers and have some ‘Famous’ buttons too! Some of their buttons have appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Evita & Captain Correlli’s Mandolin.
With a mail order & sample service, Duttons have an not only have a global client base – they also produce cute reusable hessian bags, printed with a button design that most people tend to decorate with leftover buttons.