typo buttons let you stitch a story onto your shirt + sleeve typo buttons let you stitch a story onto your shirt + sleeve
dec 05, 2014

typo buttons let you stitch a story onto your shirt + sleeve

typo buttons let you stitch a story onto your shirt + sleeve
all images courtesy of AND




while fashion choices are often used as a method of self-expression, the ‘typo buttons’ by korean studio AND adds a quirky twist by allowing someone to literally wear his or her mood and attitude on their sleeve. by adding additional holes to standard buttons, the configuration of thread can create new interpretations of the typical cross-stitch. letters and numbers can be sewn into the apertures and onto shirt collars, coats and jacket pockets. this lets users spell out different words, sayings and phrases through the simple use of string. ‘we’ve tried to make a different way to use these buttons, from just the tool of holding the clothes, to fashion items for communicating with others about a user’s thoughts and feelings.’ the team describe.

the letter ‘Z’, stitched into the button

black thread is used to stitch numbers 0 to 9 into the standard closure

the number ‘6’ inscribed into the button


a wearer spells out the work ‘LOVE’ on the face of their jacket

application of the colored buttons onto a peacoat

lettered buttons hold together a dress shirt

the work shirt spells out the work ‘DESIGN’

adding holes to buttons allows for the reinterpretation of the cross stitch


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  • hi, we dont want to accuse anyone of plagiarizing, but please have a look at abc-button.com. the abc-button exists since 2003. It is an original design by e27 (www-e27.com) from berlin, distributed by loony design (www.loony.de). You can even download the font. btw, even these photos are strikingly similar to the ones on our website.

    tim brauns says:

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