Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. Closed weekends.
Online store: Botani Trim
Best for: Handbag hardware, and buttons, and for anyone who appreciates a well-edited and well-lighted trim store
Trims and fashion hardware are obviously selling well in the Garment District. Mood Fabrics expanded its trim department about a year ago and now Botani, long known for its buttons, has leased the retail space next door and added a new fashion hardware section. Plus they've turned some office space in the back of the store over to Lampo zippers and trims.
According to Botani sales manager Hector Rojas, handbag designers represent an important market for the store. "You can bring us the materials, show us a sketch, and we can create a handbag sample for you," says Rojas. Designers and home sewists and crafters alike can appreciate that Botani does not require minimum purchase amounts of hardware, unlike many stores in the area.
So what if you're not planning on becoming the next Kate Spade? Botani offers plenty beyond handbag accoutrements. Personally, I like to shop there for the buttons, because the assortment Botani offers is huge. But the next time I need out-of-the-ordinary snaps or hooks-and-eyes, I'll try Botani first, and if I need a cool zipper and zipper pull, I'll get them to cut a Lampo zipper to-size for me. (Botani is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Lampo zippers, which are made in Italy. Google "Lampo" some time and check out all the designers who use Lampo.) They also do custom work, like covered buttons and belts.
The store is bright and modern and doesn't feel cramped. The sales staff is helpful and attentive, though some employees have a better grasp of English than others. With this expansion Botani joins Pacific Trimmings and M&J Trimmings as the major trim store destinations of the Garment District. You may end up partial to one or the other, but definitely make a trip to Botani to decide for yourself.
Botani Sales Manager Hector Rojas. He's great at helping you find exactly what you need.
Not a huge selection of trims, but what's there is interesting and new.
Oodles of hardware.
Just a small portion of the handbag parts Botani carries.
Webbing for belts and totes.
Zipper pulls. How lucky are we to have stores that carry obscure things like zipper pulls.
The button area. Botani has a huge selection of buttons and buckles.
More handbag hardware.