I finished Callum's
aran jacket last week so today I went to the Cork Button Co. for the buttons. I said I would do a post about the button company some time ago so today I took my camera with me. Years ago aran cardis had leather buttons but I knew these would not be suitable for a child's one which would be washed quite a bit as the dye would eventually run into the wool so I got these lovely imitation look ones for an authentic look.
The button company is an institution even though a lot of Corkonians are not aware of its existence!No cards of buttons here they are all sold from tubes which line the walls.The Button company has moved home a number of times but has always remained in the same area of the city. This is the unimposing modern entrance so come inside to button heaven!
Buttons are grouped in colours and types all around the walls, jewelled and plains and buttons are even dyed especially to order.
Some buttons are even Zworoski crystal. The staff are passionate about getting the right button and will spend ages with a customer to make sure you have exactly what you are looking for.Buckles of all shapes and sizes are also stocked.
Picture framing is another sideline as are all types of sewing 'notions'! Zips, threads, needles,knitting and crochet wools etc.
A side view of the shop with buttons stacked tightly in every available space
The side and end view, the sun was streaming in the window so the shop is in shadow, but you get the idea of button heaven inside.
This picture was made by the owner of the shop from what else but buttons!He used twigs to make the stems of the flowers, the picture is going to be restored and cleaned up.
When I asked to take photos the staff laughed and said it usually foreigners who ask to take photos.Some of them stumble on the shop as they walk around the city, others have heard about it and come looking for it. The shop has been mentioned on blogs by delighted customers. They do not have their own web site but have a page in the Golden pages where they would get a lot of their custom from. You can find that here
A link to a blog from an American living in Cork. The opening times are mentioned here but just to clarify the shop is now open on saturday mornings too
A link to blog of a tourist who set out to find the button company