The Story of the Button Tree

Halloween has come and passed, with festivities, snow and traditional get-togethers around the corner. One tradition we at Green 3 like to celebrate is shown through our Button Tree tee.

Button Tree Tee | Green 3

Button Tree Tee | Green 3

We want to point this faux-layered, double up tee out to the world because of it’s uniqueness and story behind it. At Green 3, every garment has a story and this tee happens to have a very interesting one.

The Button Tree tee is a shirt that has an environmentally-friendly printed decorative tree on the front. Green 3 decided to spruce up that tree by sewing on buttons in seven different spots on the tree, similar to ornaments. The buttons were originally purchased in bulk from Canvasbacks in Milwaukee, WI about five years ago. In 2010, Green 3 ended up with about 10,000 buttons. Yep, 10,000! All different kinds of buttons in terms of color, size and even kind of button, whether it has two, three or four holes or if it’s a shank button.

Lettered and Numbered Button Bag | Green 3

Lettered and Numbered Button Bag | Green 3

Over the years, Green 3 has worked with the buttons on a variety of different sewing projects, but the Button Tree tee was the biggest one of all. Buttons are chosen based on color, size and how they look on the shirt. We lay out the tee and look through our giant button book that is organized by letters and numbers. We then find buttons we think would look good on the tee and place them in the seven different spots to see where each would fit. You would think that we just pick random buttons, but we actually factor in the sizes in correlation with the other buttons, as well as the different colors. For example, sometimes the buttons are too brown or we have too many silver or black buttons.

From there, we send the tees and buttons to Green 3’s good friend, Lois VanDien, who sews the buttons on with her machine from the comfort of her own home.

Button Tree Tee with Buttons | Green 3

Button Tree Tee with Buttons | Green 3

Just like other Green 3 tees, it is made from 100% soft, organic cotton in the USA. It’s made with a form-flattering women’s cut that is fitting near the top, but relaxed near the mid-section. The tee is designed and printed with environmentally-friendly, water-based inks  in Oshkosh, WI and is preshrunk.

The Button Tree tee is not only popular with Green 3’s retail customers, but also with our wholesale customers, like Fair Indigo, Disney and more. Pair this beautiful, festive tee with a pair of jeans and your holiday look is complete! Get yours today by clicking here.

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