Five great reasons why the leather cuff bracelet is for you

© Buttons Paradise 2016
© Buttons Paradise 2016

Have you heard of trendy casual chic? It’s a look we’re particularly fond of here at Buttons Paradise, and it’s all about dressing with taste and simplicity, whilst still expressing your personality with some unexpected accessories.

If you are a fan of design objects in general, and you particularly like your fashion accessories, then this style will surely appeal to you. This style about saying a big ‘Yes please!’ to comfort and simplicity – and an almighty ‘No thanks!’ to ordinariness. It certainly doesn’t mean you have to forego your style.

Among these accessories, which can really add a splash of vigour and verve to your daily life, we particularly like these large bracelets made from coloured leather. Here are 5 good reasons why you should be adorning your wrist with a leather number.

Good reason number 1: Jewellery that makes your outfit

Blue Lilac Leather Cuff © Buttons Paradise 2016 Bee Original Leather Cuff Bracelet © Buttons Paradise 2016
Blue Lilac Leather Cuff © Buttons Paradise 2016
Bee Original Leather Cuff Bracelet © Buttons Paradise 2016

A shirt, a pair of jeans…add a magnificent leather cuff bracelet, and you’ll be dressed and good to go!

  • Your outfit may be super simple, but it will look super chic. And you can’t blame us for wanting to be more efficient in the morning, with just 30 minutes to jump out of bed and get ready (i.e. transform ourselves into sophisticated femme fatales).
  • To give a touch of personality to your look, with a bold accessory that really stands out, look for graphic and design pieces.
  • Add a stroke of colour to enliven your look and draw the eye (hopefully drawing it away from your ironing ‘skills’).

With a leather cuff bracelet you will be striking…and practically flawless. What more could you ask for? You won’t just be dressed like any old person, thank you very much. No, you’ll have mastered the casual chic look, and be right on trend!

Good reason number 2: A large bracelet that looks and feels weightless

Any jewellery connoisseur will tell you that comfort is the number-one priority, and adds to the pleasure of wearing a given jewellery piece on a regular basis. Whatever the day has in store for you, and no matter what your energy levels are when you wake up in the morning, this leather bracelet will be your ideal companion. The leather is flexible and light, so this leather cuff bracelet will not get in the way of your movements and gestures – and there’s no point trying to deny that Mediterranean tendency to speak with your hands!

Good reason number 3: Perfect for in the office or out to a restaurant

Original Sail and Sun Leather Cuff Bracelet © Buttons Paradise 2016
Original Sail and Sun Leather Cuff Bracelet © Buttons Paradise 2016

This bracelet is perfect for day-to-day wear, but also looks great as part of your evening wear, especially when matched with a plain or patterned tunic or dress. You’ll find yourself filling your wardrobe with a whole heap of minimalist outfits, just to have the pleasure of wearing this large bracelet with anything and everything! This coloured leather cuff bracelet will be the perfect addition, both day and night. And it wouldn’t be right to deprive yourself now, would it…

Good reason number 4: An accessory that is feminine, not girly

With a leather cuff bracelet for women, you can play around with male/female fashion codes. The end look is modern, and ever so feminine. A quick history lesson for those of you who are interested: female leather cuff bracelets are a re-appropriation of men’s shirtsleeves and cufflinks. And in the fashion world, re-appropriations and re-workings offer a never-ending source of interest and spice.

Good reason number 5: A timeless accessory, with a soul of its own

Red Navy Cuff Leather Bracelet © Buttons Paradise 2016
Red Navy Cuff Leather Bracelet © Buttons Paradise 2016

Hermès leather bracelets have become an essential piece for the brand, and are precious and timeless.

Their most beautiful leather cuff bracelets are in their limited collections, and have been handmade with care. The same is also true for the leather cuff bracelets made by Buttons Paradise, which blend haute couture, vintage and contemporary buttons and belt buckles with rare items and collector’s pieces. The final results are unique and highly individual.

Featured here, we have a leather cuff bracelet in red leather, trimmed with a belt buckle in vintage Bakelite, and a cuff bracelet in yellow leather fastened with a large resin buckle.

Conclusions: There are so many good reasons to adopt the leather cuff as a staple essential. But in the end, do we really ever need a good reason to add a bit of beauty to the world? You can find the whole Buttons Paradise collection of leather cuffs here.

     

Accessory trends for summer 2016: structured forms for a bold look

Tendances-accessoires-ete-2016Leather, added volume, geometric forms, natural materials, black and white with a touch of yellow or red: these are the accessory trends for this summer 2016. We’ve directly based these predictions on what designers recently presented on the runways and at fashion week. A well-chosen accessory will always manage to add that special something to any outfit, personalising it and bringing it right on trend. Here’s a quick run-down of the colours, forms and materials that will accessorise your summer. Follow our guide, and you can’t go wrong.

If there’s one rule to follow this 2016 summer season 2016, this is it: mix a clean, simplistic look with a touch of eccentricity. Go ahead and find your perfect combination! Bare shoulders, seashore-inspired looks and see-through effects are all to come this season. Long dresses, dresses with splits and kimonos are also going to be making an appearance in your wardrobes. And to really enhance these new arrivals, we’ll be seeing natural materials, geometric forms and oversized jewellery. Along with your espadrilles and your flatforms, opt for ombre sunglasses lenses, a leather clutch bag or cuff bracelet, a large wooden ring, a pair of geometric earrings, and a belt, cravat or foulard made from natural materials.

Trend Number 1: Clutch bags and mini-leather goods

Handbags are just like shoes…you can never have too many of them. And this summer, you’re not going to know which way to turn! Among the on-trend it-bags spotted this season, pride of place on the catwalks went to the clutch bag, with a handle or shoulder strap. Small leather bags and mini backpacks are the essential accessories to your summer. We’ve definitely come full circle from the oversized holdall – and for good reason. These fashion accessories are jewellery items in their own right, and can hold a lipstick or a smartphone. Wear yours casually, whether on a trip out with friends or to a trendy party by the sea.

1 Clutch bag PAUL SMITH SS 2016 © Agence Lenam 2 Clutch bag Twist J.W ANDERSON SS 2016 © Farfetch 3 Clutch bag ACNE STUDIOS SS 2016 © Agence Lenam
1 Clutch bag PAUL SMITH SS 2016 © Agence Lenam
2 Clutch bag Twist J.W ANDERSON SS 2016 © Farfetch
3 Clutch bag ACNE STUDIOS SS 2016 © Agence Lenam

Trend number 2: XXL oversized earrings

The jewellery trend for this summer is extra, extra large jewellery, giving an instant boost to a simplistic, clean look and adds a note of boldness to any outfit. Oversized earrings can be worn by themselves or as a pair. There are large hoops and spirals, pompoms and tassels. You’ll see metal, leather, bright colours and zebra patterns. So now you can match your earrings to your lipstick or your pumps. And above all, don’t forget that oversized earrings can really light up your face and make it look longer!

4 Earrings © FASHION GONE ROUGE 5 Earrings MELODY EHSANI © Melody Ehsani 6 Earrings MARNI SS 2016 © Marni
4 Earrings © FASHION GONE ROUGE
5 Earrings MELODY EHSANI © Melody Ehsani
6 Earrings MARNI SS 2016 © Marni

Trend number 3: Jewellery with geometric shapes

It’s not just a question of excessive size this spring-summer season; we’ve also spotted some unusual jewellery shapes: jewellery will be square, triangular, linear, and circular. So with geometric shapes whichever way you look, it’s about time to get over those maths phobias! For the most part, we’ll be seeing natural materials: metals, leather and wood. As for colours, there’s gold and silver, but also black and white along with the primary colours yellow, red and blue.

7 Earrings, ISABELLE MICHEL SS 2016 © Isabelle Michel 8 Necklace Operation DIY © Operation DIY 9 Silver Cluff, LEMAIRE, design SOPHIE BUHAI © Lemaire 10 Earrings, ISABELLE MICHEL SS 2016 © Isabelle Michel 11 Necklace ISABELLE MICHEL SS 2016 © Isabelle Michel 12 Cluff ARME DE L'AMOUR © Net à porter
7 Earrings, ISABELLE MICHEL SS 2016 © Isabelle Michel
8 Necklace Operation DIY © Operation DIY
9 Silver Cluff, LEMAIRE, design SOPHIE BUHAI © Lemaire
10 Earrings, ISABELLE MICHEL SS 2016 © Isabelle Michel
11 Necklace ISABELLE MICHEL SS 2016 © Isabelle Michel
12 Cluff ARME DE L’AMOUR © Net à porter

Trend number 4: Transparent sunglasses

Of course we can’t talk about accessories without mentioning sunglasses too, especially for trips to the beach or park this summer. This season, sunglasses are transparent, with ombre lenses, and flesh-coloured, natural or honey tints. We’ll be seeing round, butterfly and geometric frames. These models illustrate the trends for the summer 2016 season perfectly. Play around with a transparent-effect frame, and with a mirror-effect or discreet, natural lenses with slight gradations of colour. Plus, this season’s round and oversized frames will keep you well protected from those summer rays.

13 CARVEN Sunglasses SS 2016 © Presse 14 MARNI PRISMA glasses SS 2016 © Marni 15 Sunglasses ASOS SS 2016 © ASOS 16 STELLA MCCARTNEY Sunglasses SS 2016 © Net à porter 17 Chloé Sunglasses SS 2016 © Chloé
13 CARVEN Sunglasses SS 2016 © Presse
14 MARNI PRISMA glasses SS 2016 © Marni
15 Sunglasses ASOS SS 2016 © ASOS
16 STELLA MCCARTNEY Sunglasses SS 2016 © Net à porter
17 Chloé Sunglasses SS 2016 © Chloé

Trend number 5: Flatforms

18 Flatform MARNI SS 2016 © Net à porter 19 Flatform STELLA MCCARTNEY SS 2016 © Net à porter 20 Flatform COS SS 206 © Cos 21 Espadrilles Christian LOUBOUTIN SS 2016 © Net à porter 22 Platform sandals COS SS 206 © Cos 23 STELLA MCCARTNEY SS 2016 © Net à porter 24 FERRAGAMO SS 2016 © Imaxtree
18 Flatform MARNI SS 2016 © Net à porter
19 Flatform STELLA MCCARTNEY SS 2016 © Net à porter
20 Flatform COS SS 206 © Cos
21 Espadrilles Christian LOUBOUTIN SS 2016 © Net à porter
22 Platform sandals COS SS 206 © Cos
23 STELLA MCCARTNEY SS 2016 © Net à porter
24 FERRAGAMO SS 2016 © Imaxtree

Trend number 6: Jewellery made from leather

Leather is one of the key elements for this summer. It featured greatly in the handbag and shoe collections, and also stood out in jewellery lines. If you are looking for THE jewellery piece to wear throughout the summer, opt for a bracelet, necklace or cuff bracelet made from leather. Once again, geometric shapes are doing their thing. This summer, look for solid contours that are circular, triangular or square. Leather is truly the queen of all natural materials, adding a touch of chic to your outfits and bestowing her majesty upon your wrists. Two-tone jewellery, often made from more than one material, is also right on trend. A bracelet in yellow leather embellished with blue Bakelite, or a black and white leather butterfly cuff bracelet will inject instant energy to any simple and understated outfit, whether it’s for work or an evening event.

25 Red Navy Cuff Leather Bracelet BUTTONS PARADISE © BUTTONS PARADISE 26 Bee Original Leather Cuff Bracelet© BUTTONS PARADISE 27 Manchette cuir Comb BUTTONS PARADISE © BUTTONS PARADISE 28 Collier Cuir MARNI SS 2016 © Marni 29 Collier Petit Loop HERMES SS 2016 © Hermes
25 Red Navy Cuff Leather Bracelet BUTTONS PARADISE © BUTTONS PARADISE
26 Bee Original Leather Cuff Bracelet© BUTTONS PARADISE
27 Manchette cuir Comb BUTTONS PARADISE © BUTTONS PARADISE
28 Collier Cuir MARNI SS 2016 © Marni
29 Collier Petit Loop HERMES SS 2016 © Hermes

Conclusions:

You might have spotted some of the on-trend colours for this summer in our selection of accessories: yellow, black and white, with a note of red here and there to add a bit of pizzazz. So now, it’s over to you: combine these on-trend accessories with a simple, clean look and you can’t go wrong!

     

Beauty and haute couture buttons

Cate Blanchett is above all a renowned actress, I’m not telling you anything new; her playing is as perfect as her beauty. From Elizabeth through Blue Jasmine to name a few, she embodies a natural beauty and elegance.

The apotheosis of her innate class is even stronger with the picture of Cate Blanchet published in The Guardian: a radiant face, Persian eyes simply accompanied by a huge pure black haute couture button on a beige silk muslin; a beautiful and elegant button as Cate Blanchett is. What a lesson in style where the haute couture button displays a pure sobriety and adorns more than a jewel, a simple silk blouse! Thank you Mrs Blanchett for this superb lesson of universal elegance. Your taste is flawless and just divine as you are!

Woman wearing a tunique in V shape with pearl buttons
SS 2016 Collection – Courtesy of Aouadi

It is not surprising that you have allowed us to discover, for the promotion of the movie Carol, one of the rising stars of tomorrow French Haute Couture: Yacine Aouadi. His latest Spring-Summer 2016 collection is as beautiful as light with sublime pearl buttons!

woman wearing a a long silk dress adorned with pearl buttons
SS 2016 Collection – Courtesy of Aouadi

A crazy work and a style that celebrate women and love as these dresses decorated with pearl buttons asked one by one, which required hundreds of hours of work! An exquisite set of Haute Couture that could have been inspired by Cate Blanchett herself! A tribute to two talented personalities!

     

Jewelry Buttons from 2016 Spring-Summer Couture fashion shows

What are the jewelry buttons from the latest spring/summer 2016 couture shows? Eclecticisms seems to be the key word:
– Some rather classic collections for Chanel and Dice Kayek;

Lady wearing a long skirt and a beige and white jacket
Chanel SS 2016 © Indigital for Vogue UK
woman wearing a black summer coat with large buttons
Dice Kayek SS 2016 © Vogue

– Cubist and graphics couture lines for Victor & Rolf while Dior is straight and wise but yet so stylish. And among these renowned fashion names, all are using jewelry buttons or haute couture buttons!

Young woman wearing a white dress and a black brooch
Victor & Rolf SS 2016 © Vogue

– Nevertheless, I still remain a fan of the 2015 summer collection from JW Anderson (yes, 2015) who matches haute couture buttons of different sizes to give an aesthetic look and style to outfits like no one. That is said!

Woman with a beige tunique and large horn buttons
JW ANDERSON © Vogue UK
young lady wearing a blouse and short skirt with a leather black collar
JW ANDERSON © Vogue UK

Going back to 2016 spring wear, Proenza Schouler plays with contrasts and shapes and uses simple black buttons and the result is absolutely amazing!

Two women wearing black and white outfits with black buttons
Proenza-Schouler SS 2016 © Vogue

I also have a crush for the staging of one haute couture button made by Armani for its 2016 summer show! This single button must be a jewel: it is THE detail of the outfit, a sober slim black button that catches your eye and makes breakneck speed lines of the clothing: pizzazz!

woman wearing a light pair of trousers with a nice black button on a belt
Armani Couture 2016 © Vogue

And if we had to celebrate a jubilant fashion, the award would most certainly goes to Dolce & Gabbana for their 2016 spring/summer ready to wear collection: it is colorful, cheerful and even bold and it is surely high in buttons!!!

Woman wearing an orange skirt with black buttons
Dolce Gabbana SS 2016 © Yannis Vlamos – Vogue
     

Love buttons love Valentine’s Day!

Telling someone we love them is a precious gift – why not say it 365 days a year! And if per chance we forget to do so, Valentine’s Day is there to remind us on February 14th each year. But let’s not forget the love buttons!

hand painted buttons written in French from 1930's
Love Buttons © BUTTONS PARADISE

These are true love buttons – sublime and rare hand painted buttons from the 1930s. Their “I love you, a little, a lot, passionately…” is a beautiful way to celebrate love.

beige hand painted buttons from France in the 30's
Love Buttons © BUTTONS PARADISE

One can easily imagine them being worn by our great-grandmothers or our great aunts. I imagine them sewing these love buttons to surprise their husbands or loved ones for a romantic diner or even better, to declare a budding love!

For this reason, when sewing buttons become love buttons, it’s a beautiful and original way to celebrate the feast of love no matter what you are wearing…

squary and red hand sewing buttons
Red Square button © BUTTONS PARADISE

Those beautiful red buttons or crystal buttons that will delight those who wish on Valentine’s Day to transform their daytime outfits into festive attire!

For those who wish to know the origin of these love buttons, my best friend Julie offered them to me. This is just a small sample of the button collection that belonged to her grandmother. The button lover that I am cannot thank her enough for such a beautiful gift…

crystal sewing buttons shaped like a champaign glass
Champagne Button © BUTTONS PARADISE
     

Netsuke button: a stich in time

bouton en ivoire sculpté petit homme avec enfant sur épaule
Bouton Netsuké en ivoire © BUTTONS PARADISE

Initially, I did not know what this small carved figure of a man represented: a samurai with a child, but what was the feature of this beautiful object? It was equipped with two holes, one of one centimeter at the base and the other, smaller, on the back. And it is these holes that intrigued me. After searching on the Internet and taking the time to test if it was ivory, I was rapidly convinced that this carved item was the distant ancestor of our sewing buttons and that it was Japanese: the Netsuke. Indeed, the Netsuke is an extremely refined carved button. Did you know that all its surfaces are smooth to avoid damaging the fabric of the kimono, much less hurt the man that wears it? Did you know that they often featured human figures, life scenes or animals? Besides being functional, the Netsuke also symbolized a social rank, sometimes a trade or expressed for some of them, among the most rare, a carved love scene!

 

bouton japonais en ivoire vue de dos
Bouton Netsuké vu de dos, en ivoire © BUTTONS PARADISE

And all because kimonos have no pockets, the Netsuke was simply the button that allowed its owner to attach a box (sagemono) to the kimono by a string, containing his belongings. So refined, a button really deserves a name to the delicate pronunciation of Net-su-ke!

bouton japonais en ivoire vue de sa base
Bouton Netsuké en ivoire, vu de sa base © BUTTONS PARADISE
     

Original buttons novelty by BUTTONS PARADISE

We often talk about innovations on the Internet. But what about haute couture buttons? How do you define a genuine novelty for sewing buttons? Are they mainly similar or radically different? Whatever kind of buttons they may be, they are key fashion accessories that will make the difference to enhance your outfits and to create this difference, we should refer to them as original buttons. This is what BUTTONS PARADISE wishes to offer you when we speak about innovations, we think originality above all!

boutons colorés sur cuir et feuilles
Galaxie Pop © BUTTONS PARADISE

And for this winter in particular, innovations relate to ultra-chic and tailor-made sets of buttons; here are some examples.

bouton en bois et résine pastelle sur tweed
Bouton Galaxie Pop © BUTTONS PARADISE

The Pop Galaxy button series is handcrafted and ultrafine. These fashion buttons have a delicate roundness and they are composed of colored resins inlayed, in a wood from New Caledonia: the Pittosporum Pentandrum. This wood is extremely lightweight and its colors range from very light beige-pink to intense brown. Its veins are fine and delicate: a pure delight-sewing button for chic and ‘tangy hues’ outfits. The Pop Galaxy buttons can be made in four different sizes: from 20 to 50 mm.

Bouton beige en plusieurs couches de nacre
Bouton Placuna © BUTTONS PARADISE

Also new in this collection: the Placuna button. It is made of mother-of-pearl from an oyster as round as a circle, the Placuna Placenta. This oyster is sought after for its pearls and the quality of its MOP, so fine that it lets the light come through. This is why our ancestors, a few hundred years ago, used this oyster instead of glass, as its shell is translucent. The Placuna button is made of 6 mother-of-pearl layers crimped with gilding at the ends. It captures the reflections of the fabric and it is as beautiful as sunshine. It is a divine jewelry button to wear on a party outfit, a top or jacket in all seasons. Like any luxury handcrafted button, the Placuna button is made to order and is available in two sizes to better highlight the purity of its mother-of-pearl: 40 and 50mm diameter.

     

Original Haute Couture Buttons

After the launch of its French e-store last October, BUTTONS PARADISE opens up new markets to welcome international clients and fashionistas with an e-shop in English: pizzazz !!! I like by the way this expression from the famous and talented Diana Vreeland (Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue). As you may know, Diana V. often ended her sentences with this happy and resonant word: for me and as I am French, pizzazz simply means great. And yes, it’s great!

Bouton carré avec des formes de fleurs ajourrées
Bouton corne Claustra © BUTTONS PARADISE

It’s great because after a year of strenuous work and research to bring to you some original buttons and fashion accessories, mainly buttons, BUTTONS PARADISE is happy to present its winter 2015-2016 collection.

two square-shaped buttons on silk fabric
Ethno-quattro design button © BUTTONS PARADISE

Indeed, this winter, we offer a collection mainly composed of large buttons, often round but also rectangular or square-shaped buttons. They will become the undisguised sparkle of your day wear or evening outfit … not to mention your key accessories for a bag or a hat that buttons will adorn like a piece of jewelry.

Boutons corne en forme de buchettes géantes
Bouton Ethno-Urbain XXL © BUTTONS PARADISE

Some of you may wonder why BUTTONS PARADISE chooses XXL button sizes to represent what is traditionally the smallest fashion accessory? Simply because big or extra large buttons give a specific and unique touch to your clothing, especially coats. And this winter as you know, the ultra-chic trend is towards oversized coats like those from the eighties and the nineties! We just LOVE them.
Just because this winter in buttons will also be full of luxury and refinement with haute couture buttons collection, the XXL urban-ethnic button will be ideal to give an ultimate look to your coats and hats.

The urban-ethnic button is also the centerpiece of a unique and original necklace: the Canoes necklace, a BUTTONS PARADISE limited edition, so smart.

collier avec des boutons de corne géants
Collier Pirogues © BUTTONS PARADISE

Other trends that you will also discover in our mother-of-pearl design buttons collection, with buttons like the shape of a puzzle! Many of them are ideal for big jumpers and cardigans, especially if you play with button sizes. Absolutely delicious and so trendy!

bouton en nacre en forme de puzzle
Bouton Puzzle de nacre © BUTTONS PARADISE

We hope you will enjoy the new BUTTONS PARADISE collection that dresses and undresses bold and multi-faceted buttons!

     

Fashion buttons from the Fashion Weeks

gros boutons iconiques lors des fashion weeks
firstVIEW © Victoria Beckham, Fendi, OSMAN

Fashion Weeks are gone for this season. It is now time to pay tribute to the designers who love buttons! Haute couture button trends to catch up with are just beginning and fashion designers are becoming more and more keen to play around the smallest yet the most ‘stratéchic’ fashion accessory.

During the fall 2015-2016 fashion shows, JW Anderson, the young Irish designer, gifted darling of England’s Haute Couture, highlights giant buttons at the heart of his creations:

– A long tunic plays around giant horn buttons, each of them in a different size; a stylish and fancy feast that makes all the difference!

tunique noire avec des boutons corne géants
J.W. Anderson © Farfecht

– A beautiful leather skirt adorns a huge fake vintage-loop style button, pizzazz!

jupe portefeuille en cuir beige avec boucle-bouton géante
J.W. Anderson © The Guardian

– Glamorous metal and shiny buttons on a man’s coat; again, a true boldness and creativity that depict the button like no one.

manteau velour homme avec boutons en métal
J.W. Anderson © Becauselondon

Then comes Marc Jacobs who mixes styles by combining chic and luxurious big buttons on a safari jacket made of superb pure black woolen fabric. Marc Jacobs magnificently overacts to impress us and delight us. Bravo!

saharienne noir avec de gros boutons assortis
Marc Jacobs © Mailonline

Finally, haute couture button trends from highly esteemed fashion designers, Victoria Beckham and Derek Lam that give us a top show:
– Two large horn buttons accessorize a stylish winter culotte-skirt
– Long and lean funnel-neck dress with two big silver-grey buttons, like two pretty brooches!
Again, the surprise is absolute and gives haute couture buttons a central role!

robe noir avec deux gros boutons blancs à la taille
Derek Lam © Trend Council
jupe culotte moutarde avec boutons en corne
Victoria Beckham © AP / Mailonline

In short, you have understood that this winter is all about buttons and this is welcome news indeed!