We're finally ready with another set: Chicago Street Artists, the first of what will hopefully be a series of street art buttons from around the world. Join us at Koi 8, 1927 W. Chicago Ave., on April 5 from 7pm to 9pm for a release party! Meet the artists, drink an adult beverage or two, and groove to the DJ. We'll have the sets for sale at the party at a special discount; they'll be up on the site Friday, April 6 at the usual $15. Hope to see you there!
We know that we're in the latest issue of HOW Magazine which hasn't quite hit the stands but subscribers are getting them in. We haven't gotten our hands on a copy yet -- first person to send in a photo or scan of the magazine with our little section gets an El Boton gift pack! Drop us a line (and be sure to send in an address).
Our third limited edition set is from illustrator Laura Park, known on Flickr as featherbed. She created a set of five glum animals: Blue Bear, Weepy Whale, Rueful Rabbit, Sorry Seal and Sad Bee. They come with a brand new red-and-black version of our mascot, Skully. Laura's an up and coming artist, already well known for her great concert posters and other illustrations. Only 100 of these were made -- get one while they last!
Also, we've started an El Boton Flickr pool! Join up and post photos of yourself wearing your buttons!
In collaboration with Khoi Vinh, We've gone one further with the design Khoi did for our designer series. Together we're presenting Hel-Fucking-Vetica, the t-shirt. You can order one from the freshly launched Subtraction Store and read about it here.
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If you'd prefer to actually touch the merchandise before you buy it, head over to Koi 8, 1927 W. Chicago Ave. They've got all the El Series individual buttons and a limited quantity of the Designer Series sets, all for the same prices as here on the website -- as well as plenty of sweet limited edition designer t-shirts and other clothing. Check it out!
Stay tuned for September
15 25, when our next button set debuts!
For our second set of limited edition buttons, we decided to get a bit designy. So we turned to some of the top web designers of the moment:
• Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners
• Naz Hamid of Weightshift
• Jason Santa Maria of Happy Cog
• Dave Shea of mezzoblue
• Greg Storey of Airbag Industries
• Khoi Vinh of Subtraction
It wasn't too hard to get Naz, of course, but we're honored to have the rest of these fine folks aboard. And their buttons are just too cool, from Khoi's declarative statement to Jason's favorite typographic symbol ever (that's Caslon, if you're curious).
Set #002 is a limited edition of 200, and the buttons are unavailable individually. As a bonus, though, we're throwing in one of our logo buttons, and we're putting those up for sale separately. We'll be doing limited runs of those, too -- changing up the colors in each batch. It's brown and blue now, but once those run out we'll be moving on to a new color combo. Stay tuned!
Shipping & Receiving
Wow, it's been a quick two weeks! We've sold 40 of the 50 Chicago El Series sets, and lots of singles. If you've been waiting on your order, you'll be pleased to know that it's on its way to you.
As with any newly launched business, there've been some kinks to work out. We've heard from a couple people who bought sets that the package had opened in shipping and buttons were missing. If this has happened to you, please let us know and we'll send you replacements right away. We've found sturdier envelopes to use going forward, which should avoid the problem in the future.
Welcome to El Boton, purveyor of limited edition one-inch button sets! Each month (possibly more often) we will be releasing a new set of buttons created by designers and artists, sometimes centered on a theme, sometimes not, always cool.
Our first set pays homage to the train system in our hometown of Chicago: the CTA or "El." We thought it appropriate considering our name (which means "the button" in Spanish, in case you took French or German in high school). Kind of a fun play on words. At any rate, we're offering a limited edition of 50 sets of all the buttons -- even the new Pink Line -- for just $15. You can also buy one just for whichever line you ride for $2. Both those prices include shipping and handling.
Check back soon for a set by some hot web designers!