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Snap fasteners or press studs

Known the world over, alongside buttons with holes; they are practical, handy, and quick to apply. We are talking about snap fasteners, also known as press studs.


It seems that for the first time snap fasteners were mentioned is in the Divina Commedia, where Dante, referring to a garment worn by Beatrice states: "pareva avesse le ciappette" [it seemed to have snap fasteners], with "ciappette" being a popular term, still in use today, for snap fasteners or press studs.


Of course, a pioneering form of snap fastener was already in use in the mid 1800s and it seems that all of the shirts of Garibaldi's famous Mille were made with snap fasteners, at the request of the great man himself. Certainly, it was an historical period in which practical clothing maintenance was fundamentally important and therefore, metal fastenings that in the 19th century began to be used in different areas other than ironmongery, burst onto the clothing scene, especially when it came to military clothing. The official date for the appearance of snap fasteners in fashion history is 1885, when a further development in metal parts for clothing - the snap fastener patented by German inventor, Heribert Bauer - began to be used on civilian clothing, and these were buttons without button holes. Some, however, attribute the invention of snap fasteners to the Dane, Bertel Sanders, more or less during the same period. Snap fasteners, also known as press studs, belong to the group of different metal parts for clothing and are generally made in brass or stainless steel. They are considered practical fasteners par excellence but they can also be elegant and of course, they are buttons with a certain style, which in the latter decades has been very well interpreted by great designers, allowing them to become part of the exclusive world of designer fashion.

Formed by four parts, snap fasteners are divided into three well-defined categories: S-spring snap fasteners, ring-spring snap fasteners and pronged-ring snap fasteners, known under the respective terms Alpha, Kappa and Mu.

The four parts of the fastener are:
head/female-male/backer, which correspond to two parts for each of the two parts of fabric to be joined. Snap fasteners are therefore applied by riveting, during which, each pair of elements is firmly joined to the fabric by pressing, which deforms the metal, forcing the fabric between each parts.

S-spring snap fasteners are press studs that are suitable for any type of application. Ring-spring snap fasteners have a superior strength and are suitable for windproof jackets and similar garments, plus they are used a lot on casual and sports clothing, work clothes and military wear.

The two former categories of snap fasteners have a ring type closure, while the third type has a pronged ring.

The ring ones are better able to resist coming undone and have a tighter closure. They are perfect for use on particularly resistant garments made using heavier fabric, such as work wear or leather, where the use of metal parts is not just aesthetic, it is also a matter of safety.

Pronged-ring snap fasteners, however, have a system that combines resistance with reliability in cases where a lighter or medium strength fastening is needed. These fasteners are more suited to stretch fabrics and knitwear. The metal parts applied to knitwear need to have advanced technological characteristics to allow the garment to remain undamaged by the riveting process used to apply metal parts.

The characteristic sound of a snap fastener is its "click" and quite a few image and ad campaigns have been designed around this, emphasising practical use and a wide range of applications.

Press studs in fact have the characteristic of being particularly versatile, since of all metal parts, they are the ones that can be made with very different materials when it comes to price and colour. Snap fasteners are in fact perfect for the needs of the fashion world, as well as being extremely practical and quick to apply.

The Lozio catalogue of snap fasteners does not just include an infinite array of snap fasteners for the fashion industry, in various sizes and with different characteristics, but it also includes snap fasteners for the packaging industry, a sector that has been using them successfully for many years. Of course everyone has seen or bought files and folders for office use and these are held together and closed using snap fasteners. To meet customer requirements, Lozio also has a vast assortment in stock and ready for delivery.

Lozio also sells all types of manual, semiautomatic and automatic riveting machines for the application of snap fasteners. With a manual press, it is not possible to fit more than 500 buttons per hour but with Lozio riveting machines, it is possible to fit more than 3000 snap fasteners an hour and an expert operator can even fit as many as 5000.

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