The ButtonFly Zipper

Irony since I asked our resident industrial designer Shane Crozier to help me redesign a zipper and lookie here, someone’s already done it. Tho I’m not sure how feasible this is, the ButtonFly is interesting nonetheless. Giant interlocking button flaps create a seal similar to that of a zipper. Doesn’t seem as efficient as a zipper but it offers something new in terms of creating uniquely designed garments and accessories.

Designer: Mikhail Stawsky


  • Shoovi says:

    Seams to be really fast to un zip 😉

  • jin_woo_han says:

    Can I get one for my girlfriend?:-)

  • julia says:

    would make an interesting stripp (;

    i like it, easy and actualy quite sustainable if done with the right material

  • Mikhail STAWSKY says:

    but even the prototype closes the wear good.
    it seems like both a button and zipper in one time

  • Clairette says:

    so cool ! i love it !

  • Wendren says:

    Love it. So basic!

  • zippyflounder says:

    ummm point of order…a zipper would require a slide to open and close the fastner (ya i am picky this moring on my first cup of joe) so this is a hybrid, a nice looking one to be sure (for narrow applications) but not in the same utility as velco or the 1880’s zipper. This is another new/old thing, done well .

  • enoo says:

    Nice idea, and it looks good. But I’ll be afraid to wear something closed by this system, and see it open by itself suddently 😀 (However, it may be stronger than it looks in the photos)

  • fb says:

    oh yeah, i would totally love to spend 5-10 minutes zipping up my sweater.

    what i think is that they just need to improve the zipper now. create some mechanism that doesn’t jam whenever a thread gets lodged into the weaving.

  • Mikhail STAWSKY says:

    as you see there are a prototype.

    but the using of real buttonfly firmly depends on material.
    anoter shape and materials makes strong connection, that allows to use in indystrial packing and for army puroses

    • zippyflounder says:

      its not a new idea mikhail, for clothing yes sorta but its been used in pacakaging for quite a while. It is highly material dependent, it demands a rigid material with a high modulus. Your use of it in garments is innovative from a fashion standpoint but not from a utilitaian perspective.

  • Shiella says:

    Seems the old zipper type working more practice.

  • Genie says:

    Wicked! I love it.

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