The loss of so many venerable names in British manufacturing over the years has always been a source of great sadness to us. Not just firms, but entire industries have vanished from our industrial landscape. Individually these are important, but given that each forms a part of a broader matrix of industry their demise weakens and undermines that which is left.
Skills, sometime honed and past on over generations are forfeited; heritage is weakened and people’s lives change forever.
So, when the opportunity presented itself for us to ‘rescue’ the manufacturing of natural buttons in the UK we jumped at the chance. Enthused and guided by a romantic and nostalgic desire to save and restore what was once a great industry in the UK, we have invested in machines and engaged experienced button-makers who could be persuaded to pass on their skills.
It hasn’t been as easy as we had hoped. In fact, we have spent over three years harnessing the necessary resources, finding premises, talking to potential customers and learning ‘the trade’.
But we are now operational and have plans to grow and expand our range to cover more materials and patterns, using technology to gain efficiency at every stage. We still have a long way to go and there are still many obstacles to overcome, but with determination and a little help from our friends and customers, we think we can make it. And, if we do, it will all have been worthwhile.