Surely it is no surprise to discover that H in this fine alphabet would stand for haberdasher. I initially set up The Society Inc. as a haberdashery meets hardware store, and it still has this undercurrent, though now it draws many more inspirations into its gravitational pull. My fascination with the small details, such as buttons, ribbons, needles, thread and “notions” would perhaps suggest that I was a haberdasher in a past life. The early haberdashers would trade in all these details and in some instances offer men’s clothing, too. I just love the idea that the practical elements of garments, such as buttons and thread, could be sold alongside the final flourishes like ribbon and decorative accents and that the trade was so strong that even today you can still find haberdasheries, if you seek them out…which I am inclined to do.

 

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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