A Brief History of the Boutonnière

Meredith Halpern  •  Oct 07, 2013  •  Haberdasher HintsNew Arrivals  •  

Most of us can hardly pronounce the word Boutonniere correctly, and forget about spelling it, The word boutonniere, as you can probably tell, comes to us from the French. The British simply called them button hole flowers. Traditionally, the flower was placed in the button hole of the man’s suit.   Curiously enough, the boutonniere was created  to both attract the opposite sex and at the same time to ward off evil spirits and demons. Perhaps we should all start wearing bouts more often. They keep the demons away and the ladies close by – what’s not to like? For those of you who enjoy old cinema, you may recall the likes of Fred Astaire or Cary Grant wearing a boutonniere just to go out on a Friday evening.

Of course in today’s fast paced world, who has time to visit our local florist on a regular basis? By this point, most of you are probably quite overwhelmed. Don’t worry. We don’t expect you to be boutonniere experts. Instead, we focus on getting to know you and your style, so that we can find something for you that will really work. Thanks to the wonderful design team at Hook + Albert we at H. Halpern Esq. are proud to introduce the updated boutonniere. Handmade out of an array of fabrics including denim and suede, they easily attach to your lapel with an elegant shell button. Available in a rainbow of shades, this is a lapel flower that will never wilt. I can’t guarantee the absence of demons, but the ladies will love them.     $30-$40