A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers. In U.S. English, haberdasher is another term for a men's outfitter.

A haberdasher's shop or the items sold therein are called haberdashery.

Obsolete meanings of the term "haberdasher" refer to a "dealer in, or maker of, hats and caps".

The term may come from the Anglo-French word hapertas, meaning petty wares, or from related words.

A possibly spurious origination is that it comes from the German sentence, "Ich habe das," = "I have that," in English. This alluded to a haberdashery having whatever a gentleman needed to wear.

Saint Louis IX, the King of France 1226–70, is supposedly the patron saint of haberdashers.

Notable sometime haberdashers

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