Garmology: The last button-maker in the land – With David Courtney, Courtney & Co (#94 S04/E21)

This week’s guest is David Courtney of Courtney & Co, arguably the last of the traditional button makers in the UK. I was keen to invite David for a chat about how he happened into what is a rather unusual business, requiring as it does both a plethora of machinery and some rather special source materials. Not to mention the skills and knowledge to make buttons actually happen! A challenge indeed, not least when customs officers get in touch to ask about the box of white stuff that’s arrived from South America…

You can find Courtney & Co on the web here and on Instagram as @courtneycobuttonmakers

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