I'm searching for buttons. I have commissioned a two piece lounge suit. The fabric I have chosen is a light grey with a hint of violet. The colour of the fabric is fairly even and homogenous.
The overall look I am aiming for is light and affable, with an elegant, simple cut, a balanced and moderate style.
I'm hoping to find some buttons which will complement this style. I have an idea of what I am looking for. Colour is critical. I'm looking for buttons which have a similar lightness value to that of the fabric of the suit, with some colour but not a very bold colour. Possibly the colour should be a contrasting colour, opposite violet on the colour wheel, so perhaps slightly yellow or slightly orange or slightly green. Ideally I would like the colour of the buttons to be homogenous with a slight translucence. I also have in mind that I would like the buttons to have "wide flat" rims.
I have done a lot of searching but have been unable to find such buttons. It would be great help if any of you can share knowledge with me of where I might find such buttons or even of any button maker who I might be able to commission to make these buttons. I'm based in London, but don't mind ordering internationally.
So far I have looked at horn buttons, however the majority I have seen have been too dark, highly figured and with a traditional round rim. I like the translucence of horn, and it seems some are homogenous and without figuration, which I like, but I haven't seen any the right colour or with flat rims. To me the figuration of most horn buttons is complexity. Most horn buttons I've seen are dark and richly complex, to me there is something heavy and old about that. I'm looking for simple and plain, light and affable.
So horn without figuration, the right colour and rims might be what would be right, if I can find it. I would be fine with round rims if I can't find flat rims. I haven't yet seen any polyester buttons which seem right. Are there any other materials I should be investigating?
Can you give me any guidance or direct me to where I may find such suitable buttons?