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A Quaint Button Shop on the Upper East Side, Sketched

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Welcome to Shops Illustrated, a Racked feature in which artist Jennifer Hoyden sketches New York City stores. For each entry, she'll draw a street view, an interior look, and some items currently hanging on the racks.


Millicent Safro is the owner of Tender Buttons, a quaint little shop on the Upper East Side that really is as cute as a button—and chock full of them. Large, small, new, antique, plastic, pearl, painted coconut shell: you name it, she's got it. For those of us who often overlook the button, this shop reminds us that it can be more than just the thingy that keeps your pants from falling down.

Looking for a button from the 1700s? Maybe Bakelite from the '30s? Buttons fill the shop from floor to ceiling in every shape, every color, and at every price. The narrow space is set to accommodate some serious browsing with wooden tables and antique chairs, so take your time and enjoy the hunt. Because for the cost of a blow-out, you could give your old coat a killer makeover.
· Tender Buttons [Official Site]
· All Shops Illustrated Post [Racked NY]