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About Us

Products from Abroad is the direct wholesale importer and distributor of La Stephanoise, Mediac, and Bonfanti Buttons for the United States market. Our clients include retail fabric stores, needlework & yarn shops, craft shops, clothing manufacturers, designers, boutiques, and florists. Our unique product selection offers high quality, fashion trims, laces, ribbons, frogs, buttons, buckles, tassels, fringes, appliques, flowers, and more. Great items for the creative mind.


Meet our team:

President/Owner: BOB HERZ

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Bob Herz
Saint Louis, Missouri



Western Sales Representative: ANDY JACOBS (NM, AZ, UT, CO, CA, NV, OR, WA, WY, ID, MT, AK, HI)

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Andy Jacobs
Portland, Oregon

Midwest Sales Representative: MARC JACOBS   (IL, IN, WI) 

Marc Jacobs
Chicago, Illinois

Marc Jacobs grew up in Long Island, New York and moved to Chicago in 1993 to become an independent sales rep. His career began selling buttons exclusively. These days he can be a good source for ribbons, trims, fabric and buttons. He can always be found at either of the two international Quilt Markets during the year.  Marc traditionally attends the Shipshewanna Fabric Show in February, June, and November.  During periods when he is not accumulating ‘steps’ on his fitbit - he travels the midwest visiting his customers.

Midwest Sales Representative: Now Hiring (IA, KS, MI, MO, NE, OH, WI)

Northeast Sales Representative: BOB SHALLER  (NY, NJ, CT, MA, NH, VT, MA, RI)

Bob Shaller
Nanuet, New York


Northeast Sales Representative: Brenda Watson  (PA)

Brenda Watson
Lititz, Pennsylvania


Northeast Sales Representative: Now Hiring (NJ, MD, DE)

Southeast Sales Representative: BOB VANN (VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, AL TN, FL, MS )

Bob Vann
Hollywood, Florida


South Central Region Sales Representative: BERRY MELLMAN (TX, LA, AK, OK)

Barry Mellman
Dallas, Texas

South Central Region Sales Representative: Bart Sawyer (TX, LA, AK, OK)

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Bart Sawyer
Sachse, Texas

Puerto Rico Sales
Representative: NOEL CABRERA (PR)

Noel Cabrera
Bayamon, Puerto Rico


Customer Sevice Director: NELL SCHNEIDER

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Nell Schneider
Saint Louis, Missouri



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