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Approach & Process

Button Avenue Artisans

Each Button Tells a Story

Button Avenue believes in producing ethically made, quality trims that combine the fine craftsmanship of traditional artisanal methods, fashion-forward vision, and design. We have partnered with the same factories for over 24 years with the goal of creating sustainable employment opportunities that lift people out of poverty and support their livelihood. Our employees are fully informed about our commitment to sustainability and our ongoing efforts so that they are best aligned with this mindset.

Craftsmanship and a Healthy Environment

Because craft and artistry are top priorities, we recognize our responsibility to the artisans who produce our products. We are grateful to partner with leading fashion houses in inspiring ways while knowing that we are championing the artisans that create our extraordinary buttons. The craftsmanship of our product line reflects a dedication to quality, innovation and attention to detail. Our commitment to the enhancement of the talents of the artisans fosters the creativity of how our buttons are designed and produced.

Nurturing the community of artisans and the critical preservation of their craft are possible through responsible fair labor practices. All workers have always been entitled to fair wages and healthy working conditions. We believe in offering equal opportunity to workers, regardless of color, race, sex, political point of view. No child labor is ever used. Our training institute has provided life-changing opportunities for disabled people, ex-leprosy survivors, and women who were victims of abuse, by helping them develop valuable skills to support their families. Some of these workers, upon completion of the training, will go on to work elsewhere, while many continue to work with us. One of our factories has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2006, and many of the initiatives in place have been in alignment with the Global Compact’s principles. Additionally, other working benefits, such as medical care coverage, micro-loans and student scholarships, have been in place since the very beginning of our partnership.

Sustainably Minded

Feel proud about your decision to choose sustainable products over synthetic. Horn and bone are biodegradable and recyclable and when buttons are produced by hand, we avoid the environmental impact of the more common machine-driven assembly lines. With many materials used in our designs, we are transforming a pre-existing by-product into something that would otherwise be viewed as waste. Each button is treated with natural, botanical or AZO-free dyes and our manufacturers take additional steps to avoid or minimize the use of harmful chemicals, including petrochemical dyes, VOC’s, formaldehyde and heavy metals. We are constantly on the lookout for innovative materials and processes that can make our process and products more sustainable.

Button Avenue Artisans

The details make all the difference

Our buttons are hand carved, sanded and hand-finished, to enhance the beautiful patterns, nuances and natural variations inherent in the natural materials. Our products have a distinct style because they are most often vintage-inspired, and produced according to an art form that has been preserved over many generations. The creative energy of the highly skilled artisans elevates an everyday object to that of a powerful fashion accessory.

In an effort to be open and honest with our customers, please contact us if you have questions about our process or products, we’d love to hear from you!