All About the Buttons

[Photos and Text Ari Seth Cohen]

I ran into this lovely woman on my way uptown and I asked her if she worked in fashion because of how stylishly she was dressed. She told me she has been a seamstress her whole life and that her mother was a seamstress as well. They used to sew on buttons together, “That’s why I am looking at your buttons, so closely,” she replied. She told me that her name is Louisa with an “A” and that she has lived in New York her whole life, but that her family was from Genoa. I couldn’t quite make out how old she said she was but amazingly it is between 95 and 97. When I asked her about her lovely hat she said, ” I made it, anyone can make a hat all you have to do is roll the fabric back and add a few buttons.” What an inspiring lady!

  • my hero!

  • nothing I love more than buttons! She has a very nice style about her.

  • Hildie

    Her wool dress is elegant too.

  • Mim

    Elegant and dear!

  • sandra

    She looks wonderful. What is about these over 90 gals that look so good? I better retire in New York…thanks for featuring her.

  • Suella

    Not only luminous buttons but a cute ladybug pin on her hat as well. And advice on how to do make it

    Great stuff!

  • The glasses! The coat! Lovely!

  • Aaah buttons, there's something wonderful about them. I don't get quite the same thrill from beads, lovely as they are. Love the buttons on her hat.

  • Elegant. Elegant and funky!

  • Anonymous

    Such an inspiration! I feel like her generation has the keys to so many locked doors….and they're almost all
    gone. They are our treasures!

  • I love your blog, such fun, last saturday I went to our local Salvation Army Thrift store sale, and at these admirable prices I decided to let rip a bit and I shopped with Advanced Style in Mind, went to a fancy dinner later dressed in my finery which came in slightly under $10, gotta love that!!

  • And I adore her blue glasses and her gentle presence in the photos.

  • 95 or 97? Wow. Must be all that olive oil and lycopene.

    I love her zippy patterned bag and red belt.

  • evalyn

    What style! Love her glasses.

  • …she resembles to Woody Allen!

    Compliments for this lovely blog with this special point of view!

    Diana of

  • sombody help her with that folder please!

  • I am All About The Buttons but she is adorable!