In one of Oscar Wilde’s paradoxical quips, he avers that a really well made buttonhole is the only link between art and nature.
He was right about most things, and we suspect that he — along with all the other decadent dandies — would approve of the new London-based startup Boutonniere, which handcrafts flowers for your lapel made of porcelain and either silver or polished stainless steel. For why let nature have the last word on floral accessories, when man’s artistic vision is so clearly superior?
Let’s face it, Mother Nature had eons to work, and even then her results were uneven. In contrast, behold the hands of an artisan at work:
Boutonniere was kind enough to donate one of its exquisite specimens to award Natty Adams with Dandy of the Year honors. Here’s a closeup of The Natster just moments after being informed he’s now in the exalted company of former DOTYs Lapo Elkann and Luca Rubinacci:
Boutonniere will gladly have its silversmiths provide an inscription, though bear in mind that “A really well made buttonhole is the only link between art and nature” probably won’t fit.