& Rosettes) and yes I call them badges, because I'm British innit? (notice the U in honour?
told you!) and that's what they are! And because I call them
badges and refuse to call them 'buttons' you will find a lot of these
designers are of the British variety.
The above badges are adorable merit badges from Lee Meszaros, each one awarding the lesser of your merits…but the ones deserving the most reward. Each is silk screened and hand embroidered, full of personality and humour.
Merit badge for 'Painting the Town Red': $25, Merit badge for 'Pushing the Envelope': $25
Too cute and too fab are these vintage jigsaw pieces turned badges $8 each from Feel Fuzzy
Portable Graffiti has been making buttons SINCE BEFORE YOU WERE BORN…seriously. Well not everyone, but for a lot of you this is indeed the case. Since 1979 Portable Graffiti has been hawking her handmade (seriously airbrushed and hand drawn) buttons all over the US, the middle picture, New York State Fair, how cool is that?! And at about $1.50 a pop we can all own our own piece of Portable Graffiti (I do! – The Sailor one as seen in our 'Girl Friday' editorial) I love their retro appeal and quirky sass. Fanblimmintastic.
On the deluxe end of badge wearing we have 'Lost at Sea' inspired by vintage tattoos and mid century design these beautifully crafted badges are made from solid walnut and hand inlayed with wood veneer, the rose alone inlayed with 40 individual pieces of a variety of different wood veneers. Prices for the pieces above range between $62-$75.
These cute leathers whimsys from Sacaclaques fall more under the broach category than the badge category but they are just so lovely I couldn't bear to leave them out. Handcrafted from leather they are so fabulous. Definitely the Dali's of the badges. Prices begin at $12 for a broach.
Last but not least 'Button Empire' yes, she calls them buttons, and yes I can forgive her because I love these so much… I own both of them (well my husband has one I have the other) and they're just perfect for us quite frankly. Available at Button Empire for $5 for the pair.