Button Family History: the Millinery Shop and the Button Maker

Button Family History: the Millinery Shop and the Button Maker

We've got buttons in our family on both sides. While doing research on my mom's family in the Netherlands, I came upon a 9th great grandfather who was a button maker in Leiden, 352 years ago! Johnny's great-grandmother was a milliner. Her name was Helen Hart and she opened her own hat shop in her 20s. 

Helen left behind a treasure trove full of velvet scraps and antique buttons. Our first designs emerged from this box. 

the milliner shop degas antique button jewelry

Saved on a shelf for decades, this treasure trove is a journey into the history. We've translated some of our favorite designs into modern, wearable art by casting our favorites in recycled silver and bronze. 

antique victorian buttons

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