Handmade Boutonnières for the Modern Gentleman – Ceravelo Launches into Fall
Posted on 11 September 2013
Introducing the Modern Boutonnière by Ceravelo
No other accessory can give a gentleman a more distinct appearance of style and confidence than the boutonnière.
Boutonnière is simply the French word for buttonhole, but what this floral accessory really is, is a mark of character and panache. This seemingly simple flower worn on the lapel of a jacket extends far beyond botanical affinities. It is not about the flower alone, but the inner confidence, style and voguish appeal that it produces when worn by a man with heart and steadfast self-esteem.
Adding to its collection of hand tailored ascots, Ceravelo now offers one-of-a-kind, handmade boutonnières! No, these are not your traditional boutonnières. These unique pieces have been designed with a modern twist and can safely clamp on to any suit lapel with its tie clip back. They offer multiple styles that resemble familiar fauna such as the camellia, dahlia and rose. Color and pattern combinations have been carefully chosen to provide a variety of styling options for casual and formal attire.
While expanding its product line Ceravelo maintains a commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability by designing and producing within California; as well as, sourcing local, upcycled materials. Each boutonnière is made from a small batch of fabric and clients who are interested in owning a one-of-a-kind piece can read in each description exactly how many have been produced.
How to Wear a Boutonnière
There are few men who will wear a boutonnière in today’s society. Similar to ascots, the display of boutonnières on younger generations is becoming a lost art. Therefore, we felt it imperative to provide some how-to tips.
[photo source: parisiangentleman.co.uk]
Conventionally a boutonnière is worn by pushing the stem of a flower through the lapel buttonhole. The stem is then held in place with a loop at the back of the lapel. However, on many modern coats, suits and sports jackets, the lapel is made without the loop. As a result, it has become common practice to pin your boutonnière to your jacket. If there is one piece of advice you leave with let it be to never use a pin for this purpose. This defeats the function of the lapel buttonhole and is also damaging to the threads of your Zegna suit.
Now consider the Rose Two boutonnière. This flower will neatly fasten onto any buttonhole or to the lapel of a jacket using a traditional tie clip. More importantly, your suit lapel will remain flawless and free of pollen. While it is not my intention to discount the swag that wearing a real flower generates, there are noteworthy benefits of Ceravelo’s modern boutonnière.
- Clips safely to any lapel, with our without a buttonhole
- Eliminates risk of staining from pollen and other natural residues
- Since it doesn’t require a buttonhole you can wear it on more than just a suit jacket (attach to a hat, a shirt collar, etc.)
The modern boutonnière is the perfect accessory for the stylish gentleman with superb taste and an environmentally-aware conscience. When armed with the knowledge of how to balance this sophisticated accessory with your garments, you may begin to find some amusement in the daily dressing ritual.
Ceravelo’s next boutonnière segment will detail when and where to sport the fabulous accessory. Until then, I leave you with one final thought. Opt for a boutonnière that accentuates your style; go for a flower that compliments your clothing instead of overwhelming it.