At 143 East 62nd Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue you will find one of those perfect shops that makes NYC so unique. It’s a one of a kind and it sells nothing but buttons: buuttons from every part of the world, made of all sorts of materials and from all ages. It is a treasure trove of buttons, those simple objects which are so much a part of our lives but which allow us to suddenly step into a world that brings together history, fashion, personal taste and self expression and even politics. What important dignitary doesn’t depend on the exactitude of his or her buttons to set the background to important events.
It’s a small, beautifully fitted out store just 12 feet wide with all antique furniture and of course a dedicated staff, and the minute you step inside you will be able to search among a selection of buttons numbering into their millions to find just the right one for you. Everyone from Kermit the frog to Juliet Roberts to sports stars whose clever and outstanding threads are part of their image come to this quiet haven in search of the perfect button.
Of course they have some very very old ones, ask to see the ones from the 17th century for instance, and naturally a button of particular beauty or worth can become a brooch or part of a necklace. The thing about Tender buttons is as soon as you enter this lovely space you just know there is a special button here with your name on it. You might to make an older outfit new again with new ones or add outstanding buttons to a classic outfit or coat. What a memory of a perfect day a button can make or the perfect momento of a visit to this wondrous city of New York.