Still image from video shows the Tender Buttons shop, named after a book of poems by Gertrude Stein, opened in 1964, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York March 19, 2019. — Reuters pic
NEW YORK, March 20 21 — Since the 1960s, a narrow little New York shop has specialised in solving the fashion crises of customers who are desperate to find just the right button, a list that includes a US first lady, a renowned academic and even Kermit the Frog.Tender Buttons, housed in a 3.8-metre brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is stuffed to the ceiling with a cornucopia of clothing fasteners. For decades, it has been providing relief to anyone who has lost an unusual button and needs to replace it.“Each button has its charm, its quality, its aesthetic,” said Millicent Safro, who opened the store in the 1960s with her friend Diane Epstein as an artistic jaunt inspired by New York’s burgeoning pop art scene. Safro runs the shop, named after a book of poems by Gertrude Stein, following Epstein’s death in 1998.Decades later, the shop is stuffed to the rafters with buttons, some dating back to the 17th century, organised in multiple floors of Safro’s slender townhouse.“A woman bought a dress in Rome and lost a button on the airplane. And we had the button. It was a very proud moment, Safro said.She steadfastly maintains the store’s tradition of sharing the often rich history of each button with the customer in pursuit of it.“When you came to buy a humble shirt button, you got the entire history of that button,” Safro said.That includes the metal and faceted glass buttons from 1890 that sell for US$225 (RM913) each and that collectors describe now as “Victorian jewels” but once called the less-politically correct “Gay 90s”, Safro said.“It was a time when the railroads were being built and everyone was prospering,” she said, explaining why the enormous, showy knobs emerged as status symbols just before the turn of the century.
Still image from video shows the store’s walls lined with buttons from around the world at the Tender Buttons shop, named after a book of poems by Gertrude Stein, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York March 19, 2019. — Reuters pic
In the 1890s, such a button may have secured a cape. In the 1980s, they were snapped up for couture wear by Chanel’s newest creative director, a rising designer named Karl Lagerfeld, who died last month, she said.The fashion visionary who dressed former first lady Nancy Reagan, the late James Galanos, also was a customer. As was Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr, who sat down for a cold beer with then-President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House in 2009.When Kermit the Frog needed to secure his raincoat for an appearance on the US children’s television show Sesame Street, the Muppets’ clothing designer turned to Tender Buttons for help.Much of the store’s inventory is contemporary. But it also includes antiques such as early American buttons made of copper, tin and brass and engraved with “Long Live the President — GW” to commemorate George Washington’s inauguration as the nation’s first president. The buttons sell for up to US$4,000 apiece.Safro was unable to provide a figure for the total number of buttons in the store. A Columbia University professor did manage to count them, but she said she had forgotten the total.This week, Fabio Malaver, 53, a household butler, clutched a Mulberry suit bag and scoured the wall displays for an exact match to replace a long-lost button. Asked if he had found what he was looking for, he replied emphatically: “Yes, yes!” — Reuters [...]
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Lawas Bomba personnel using a boat to transfer the flood victims to the main road after they had become trapped in their car during a flood at Kampung Siang-Siang, Lawas, last night.
LAWAS: The quick actions of the Lawas Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) has saved two women who were trapped in their car due to floods, at Kampung Siang-Siang, Trusan Lawas, last night.
Lawas Bomba Chief , Zaki Husin said the victims were moved out to safety at 8.48pm from the one-metre deep flood water that had caused their car to stall
“Firefighters brought the victims out of the main road by boat,” he said when contacted a while ago.
He said the six firefighters rushed to scene some 13 kilometers away, in a vehicles with a boat for the special humanitarian operation.
At around 6.40 pm yesterday, Bomba personnel led by Senior officer II Mohd Ikhwan
also monitored the flood situation in the nearby Kampung Batu Mulong Lawas.
“Upon arrival, we found that there is no more flood as the flood water had completely receded,” adding that Bomba came to conduct the inspection upon receiving information from the villagers on the flood affecting their areas.
Bomba personnel using boat transferring the victims after they were trapped in their car in a flood at Kampung Siang-Siang, Lawas last night
Bomba personnel monitoring the flood situation at Kampung Batu Mulong, Lawas [...]
The Brunei registered vehicle skidded to the ditch when plying along the slippery road due to oil spills early this morning.
LIMBANG: Quick action by the Limbang Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) has prevented many motorists from becoming victims of an oil spill at the Batu Danau road early today.
Bomba Limbang chief, Tawang Lingem said only a Brunei-registered car skidded to the drain when plying along the 300-metre slippery road.
“However all the victims in the car were safe.
“As soon as we received a report at 7.19am, our personnel rushed to the scene, some 31 kilometres from the town centre, to spread sand along the affected road and the operation was terminated at 9.15am,” he told the media today.
He added four firemen led by Senior Fire Officer Zakaria Matnor in two fire engines were involved in the operation to clear the oil spill that affected only half of the Batu Danau main road. [...]
SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden made very few mistakes but came up against a better team on the day and a superb goalkeeper in England's Jordan Pickford to miss out on their first World Cup semi-final since 1994, coach Janne Andersson said on Saturday. [...]