– History

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The well established buttonhole makers, now know as D.M.Buttons & Buttonholes, has been providing services for garment makers since before The World Wars.

Serving the local traders from a small workroom on Berwick Street, in the once thriving manufacturing hub of The West End, ‘Auntie Annie‘ and her husband Dave were an integral part of the garment finishing processes. . . After The Second World War Jack, who had previously worked with his Milliner dad ‘Mike’ in Petticoat Lane,  expanded the buttonhole services and moved to larger workrooms in Wardour Mews. . . In the 1950’s Jack married a fellow buttonholer ‘Rita’, the beginnings of the iconic duo that so many of the industries long sanding customers still hold fond memories.

“Jacky, can you come and help me with the buttonholes?”

Some years later they made the business a full family affair by making their son ‘David’, a born and bred Londoner, part of the team. . . Initially making his ‘pocket money‘ by covering buttons . . . David Miller is the owner and buttonhole maker of the ever busy D.M.Buttons & Buttonholes, in the same Mews workshops he’s worked at for the last 40 years.

“David, one of the ‘rare breed’ of manufacturers still trading in the UK, learnt his craft from a very young age.”

“Customers today come to the workrooms for that same niche service of machine sewn buttonholes they did over 100 years ago.”