~tender buttons~

August 2nd, 2014


Gertrude Stein’s House of Notions (aka Tender Buttons) opened in 1964 in a narrow brick townhouse (one of the city’s most slim at 12 1/2 feet wide) on East 62nd Street. Named for Stein’s equally slim volume of “moments of consciousness.” They have a vast inventory including some lovely vintage buttons: deer carved from antler, cloisonne butterflies, and these garter buttons adorned with warning policemen.


It was a rather Through the Looking Glass day, with tiny button shops and hollyhocks as big as tea saucers.



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