Functional buttons on your finely tailored suit may seem like a bit of a novelty today, but much like the bow tie, the handshake and many other gentlemanly practices, it has an origin.

Let us regale you with the history, from Lord Nelson to turn-of-the-century surgeons—like the one played by Clive Owen in The Knick—to modern dandies of Savile Row…»

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