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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.
Button badges have been around for at least 150 years and were originally made to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
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 punkmusic 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
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.
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
Badge Artwork Setup
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Badge Artwork Advice
Badge artwork is confusing to some, if you need help
just ask its free with all orders from The Badge Co.
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