Research and development, technology and services
Constant research and suggestions for innovation culture and design impart life and beauty to the materials and their development.
The added values related to the demands of the fashion designer and of the clothing industry are created in the greatest of detail.
Mother of Pearl,
Our mother-of-pearl comes only from unprotected species (Trocas, Tahiti and Australia), but conveniently safeguarded by standards that the governments of the Pacific establish to ensure conservation and reproduction of marine species.
This guarantees a future for the local people, for whom the collection and transformation of shells constitute an important resource for their living.
The plant of Bottonificio Padano in Mornico-Prov. of Bergamo is specialised in mother-of-pearl and works in excellent conditions and with a most efficient quality control system.
talent and experience
Bottonificio Padano purchases horn directly from its original areas, keeping trace of the demands posed by the trends in fashion styling.
The raw material is obtained from animal horn of unprotected races, cow or buffalo, breed for food purposes, in the area of the Indian Ocean.
In those areas, the fashion segment has brought about the qualification of a new artisan who, after the initial selection, turns crude horn into semi finished materials.
More complex selection phases take place in the company, where turning, smoothing and polishing help create buttons which become easily recognisable for the style of an elegance which is informal and sportive, sober and refined at the same time.
skill and passion
Very well-known as "vegetable ivory” and traditionally used for the production of hair clips, rings, buckles and buttons, corozo is the fruit of "Phitelephas Macrocarpa” an autochthonous palm-tree which grows in Ecuadorian micro-climates.
Corozo (also known as “tagua”) is a natural and ecological product, and its periodical picking from wild plants helps maintain the plentiful presence of the vegetation, thus contributing to the reduction of the dramatic effects of deforestation in those areas.
Corozo nuts contain grains of different sizes; these are full of a sort of “milk” which is quite similar to that of the coconut: by a process of natural drying, this milk solidifies, becoming hard and taking on particular features which make it similar to ivory.
Corozo buttons, with their pleasant touch, are beautified by thier colours which set off the natural grain of the material, imparting great beauty to these objects.
EuraTM, brand experience and innovation
EuraTM of Bottonificio Padano represents an important innovation from the traditional production of urea used to create buttons; Bottonificio Padano has conceived an original formula, thickening horn dust in prevailing quantities and obtaining a very flexible material of natural origin which may be dyed in an infinite range of colours.
Extremely rich in natural horn, EuraTM is a semi finished product that shows a striking resemblance to natural horn, with its grain and streaks, its stains or chromatic shades, as well as a similar pastiness, transparency and gloss.
Intermediate working phases, in addition, help obtain particular effects which do not exist in nature, but which are just “the right thing” and exactly what the fashion industry demands for the garment with which the button must be matched: in nature,there is no such thing as a grey, or blue or dark green type of horn, or a particular “projectable and practicable” distribution of stains or streaks.
EuraTM makes it possible to obtain all these results, responding with fresh “craftsmanship” to the specific demands posed by the client, blending nature and creativity.
human ... only human
The demand of meeting new aesthetic requirments lies at the base of the creation of new materials. Just like the others, these materials are all man-made, as they actually do not exist in nature, not even as basic raw materials.
We create buttons with no limitations to thickness or size.
These are indeed very similar to those made with natural materials such as mother-of-pearl, Tortoise and so on, or Totally different in “images and structures which only exist in our minds”, and At all times, we guarantee the standards required.