Project Announcement - Blumenthal Lansing Button Flower Pin & Fascinators

Let Kpoene' Kofi-Bruce, founder of GoGo Craft, teach you how to upcycle that box of old broken jewelry and random fabric scraps into a fantastic gem. This project will teach you how to make a brooch, hair fascinator, or, for quick learners, a necklace. Use the materials provided by our newest sponsor Blumenthal Lansing, the button people, or bring your own fabric and buttons to craft a unique eco (and wallet)-friendly treasure!

In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was elected President of the United States. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, and Benjamin Blumenthal started B. Blumenthal and Co.  Clothing styles were dictated from Paris and corsets and bustles were all the fashion rage.  Buttons on clothing were for function as well as decoration. Ninety percent of fashion buttons were imported. Benjamin Blumenthal used his knowledge of importing and distribution to supply buttons to the growing textile trades.

In the 60's, 70's and 80's, B. Blumenthal acquired several other button companies, including Lansing Company. The button industry has shrunk to a handful of companies. Interestingly, the company has come full circle, having returned a major part of its operations to Lansing, Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River where it manufactured buttons until the end of the 19th century.  Today, Blumenthal Lansing Co. still makes several fashion brands including La Mode®, La Petite and Slimline™ as well as many lines of Crafting Buttons.

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