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Welcome to The Badge Co website. Our goal is to provide you with usefull information about our  button badge company that we hope makes it easier for you to do business with us.We bring you factory direct button badge pricing. No middleman, sales people or distributors to deal with. You deal directly with one of our knowledgeable customer service button badge representatives who will help you get your custom made badges in production fast.


We are a button badge manufacturer and produce only top quality promotional pin badges using state of the art printing, finishing and assembly methods. You can order with confidence knowing that you will receive only the highest quality and cost effective promotional button badges in the industry available in five sizes 25,38,45,58 and 77mm diameter, full or single colour your design or ours with no minimum order and free UK shipping.All our button badges are customised badges  so you can design a badge and  The Badge Co will  manufacture your design into quality custom made badges.


Button Badges can be used to promote just about anything charities,bands,clubs,parties,birthdays,stag nights,hen nights to name just a few.

We use modern machinery to produce our badges to a very high standard remember our quality is your confidence.

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Button badges have been around for at least 150 years and were originally made to be sewn on jackets and other garments. They are called button badges because they were made by the same factories that made cloth covered buttons just like soldiers wore on their greatcoats. As the modern fashion industry evolved, many designers specified that buttons should be covered in matching materials to the garments they were attached to. It was only a matter of time before it was realised that buttons need not be made of fabric, but could have other coatings such as leather or other printed and painted materials in special colours or designs.

At this point, buttons had a metal loop on the back so they could be sewn onto the dresses or garments. A special backing was developed so that a safety pin could be attached instead of the loop. This allowed the button to be placed “freehand” – and more importantly – to be removed and replaced at whim!

The first buttons with messages printed on them began to appear about the time of Queen Victoria when it became a cheap alternative to cast metal, stamped or enamel badges. The printed buttons were covered in the newly invented clear plastic-like material called celluloid. One of the first commercial buttons celebrated the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria and was a cheaply produced souvenir for Britain’s masses. In the US, presidential campaigns in the late Nineteenth Century began featuring these celluloid prints mounted on metal discs to be worn during the loud and enthusiastic rallies. Newer and faster printing techniques meant that the finished products could be made much faster and often featured photographs as well as printed wording. During the First World War, buttons were used to raise money for the war effort and were sold from trays during meetings and at the local pubs and hotels.

Button badges were now an established means of getting a message across as well as fund-raising. It was not only fashionable but patriotic to show on your lapel that you supported various military units, hospitals, nurses or other noble causes.

The next significant period for the humble button badge was the 1960s when the world seethed with youthful unrest, Nuclear Disarmament, peace, love and psychedelia. Then in the late 1970s came the punk music explosion where rebellion was again noted not so much by the message on the button, but how many badges you could fit on your lapel!

Buttons were suddenly in vogue as a fashion statement and all at once a political statement. It was only a matter of nanoseconds before the advertising industry realised they had a ready-made source of personal billboards that could confront would-be customers on every tee-shirt in town!
All this time, of course, fund raising organisations had also realised the point: A button badge costs only pence – if you could get the message catchy enough, and appeal to people’s senses of charity – they would pay not pence, but pounds!

In the UK, many well-known charity groups have used button badges to raise millions of pounds.


Button badges have made several fashion statements over the years appearing no many world fashion cat walks, remember when Burro showed a denim jacket covered in button badges in their Paris show?


Traditionally, button badges are worn on your lapel  but button badges can be subversive , anti- establishment accesories and they can be worn literally anywhere.Try covering a clapped-out bag in button badges,pin some on a hat,pin some on a scarf,pop a few on a wristband,pin a line of button badges  onto a skirt or pair of jeans - even place  a button on a ripped t-shirt just above your cleavage. Button badges are the fastest way to customise your favourite clothes limited only by your collection of button badges and your imagination.


Button Badge Bearers


Michiko Koshino loves a good button badge and gave guests at one of her fashion show button badges to take home.


Katherine Hamnett was inspired by button badge slogans when designing some of her famous t-shirts


John Lennon often wore political or enigmatic badges including his famous ‘Listen to this button badge’.

Button Badges & Fashion

Button Badges & Protest Movements

Protest movements often use button badges to get their message across for instance CND and the protest movements against American involvement in the war against Vietnam (1961-75) became powerfull campaigning forces in the second half of the twentieth century. The protest button badge was first used in large numbers in the USA presidential election campaign in 1896.


Well-known artists have used their skills in support of various causes by producing striking designs for button badges. Those who contributed to the anti-Vietnam war movement include the sculptor Alexander Calder, who created a button badge in 1969 for marches in Washington and New York,and the celebrated political cartoonist Jules Feiffer who was responsible for the design shown above left in which prison bars symbolize the detention of anti-war protestors in a Washinton sports stadium.The later button badge design by the same artist was issued two years after the near melt-down of the nuclear plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania,and protests against the use of atomic power ;the letter ‘I’ is formed from a cooling tower and the radioactive cloud above.The simplicity of the button badge designs creates the maximum impact creatind a forcefull means of communication.



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Button Badge History

From the early 60’s to the late 80’s wearing a button badge became a fashionable way to make a political statement.Famous throughout the world is the iconic button badge on the right which became the symbol for peace and nuclear disarmament.

The button badge circle represents the world and the lines inside the circle forms the letters N and D in a code called semaphore.

The N and D standing for nuclear disarmament





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