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Dressing up the buttonhole

Los Angeles Times
Modified: April 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm •  Published: April 24, 2012
For years, men's options in accessorizing a suit have been limited to the cuff-link and tie bar department, with an occasional pocket square thrown in. But as of late, guys from Hollywood's red carpet to the halls of "The Hunger Games'"

Capitol have been accessorizing their jacket lapels with some cooler-than-usual lapel pins. For buttonhole hardware that's less about political or charitable affiliation and more about personal style, options worth exploring include:

Orvis' selection of German hat pins ($19 to $39) or "gamsbart" (literally "chamois beard") came about as a sort of hunting trophy, which is why many of the metal and feather or deer hair pins include the stag head and cross insignia associated with St. Hubertus, the patron saint of hunters.

Available online at and anyone placing an order at a retail store for delivery to the store will save shipping costs. Lanvin's delicate floral tie pins have garnered quite a celebrity following. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony accessorized with a gray-check one in his buttonhole when he took in his first European runway show last summer. The cotton blossoms, which resemble roses or carnations, are available in solid colors and checked patterns for $170, with a more elegant, faded, silk rosebud version for $195. Available online at

George Esquivel, shoemaker to the well-heeled, started crafting his floral boutonnieres ($95 to $175) for himself and his friends after noticing the trend taking root during a trip to Europe.

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