I owe a special debt to buttons and feel a special admiration for them. Overlooked and under appreciated, dismissed as merely functional or simply decorative, they bring garments together in ways that only ever seem to get noticed once they have fallen off.

My grandfather spent decades working at a button factory. A Polish Jew, he fled Europe as a child before the Holocaust and stepped off the boat in Colombia without speaking a word of Spanish. Eventually, he went on to own the button factory that had long employed him, transforming it into a successful business that provided for…

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