Friday, October 1, 2010
As the leaves change color and the long evenings of summer give way to the long shadows of fall, it is clear that college football is upon us. Now four weeks into tailgates, victories and rivalries, Smathers and Branson wanted to take a moment to let you know where you can stock up on your favorite team’s gear. In recent history, the South has been the epicenter of college football, so here are a few great stores to stop by on your way to the game.
Clemson, South Carolina plays host to one of loudest and most feared college stadiums in the country. When en route to Death Valley, take a quick detour to M.H. Frank to stock up on all the purple and orange gear you could ever need. The Clemson faithful have M.H. Frank to thank for earning the reputation as some of the most dapper college fans in the country.
It is good to be the champs and this year The Locker Room, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has been riding last years national championship with huge inventories of ‘Bama apparel. The Locker Room has created some great custom Smathers and Branson ‘Bama products that can only be found in their Tuscaloosa store.
One of the first stores to support our collegiate program, Britton’s Clothing in Columbia, South Carolina is the place for all things Gamecocks. Whether you are looking for a Gamecock flask to keep the wheels greased at the game or a needlepoint wallet to hold your ticket, do not forget to stop by Britton’s on your way to the stadium.
Finally, whether you are a Peyton or an Eli fan – Smathers and Branson has got you covered. It is rumored that several members of “Football’s first family” have been spotted wearing our needlepoint belts at their alma mater. At Ole Miss, show your R*bel pride and stop by Hinton and Hinton in Oxford, Mississippi or check out the checker board and power T gear at M.S. McClellan in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Those are just a few of the great stores that have supported our collegiate line this season. Don’t see you favorite team mentioned? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you with one of the other great stores that carries our collegiate gear! We now offer products for over 60 Colleges and Universities and some new schools just hit the web!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Last month Sma
Known for his thick French accent and jokester demeanor, Gilles continually kept us on our toes. Fresh out of college, we were only 22 years old when we took a trip out to
Just one week into carrying our line, Gilles called us seemingly upset and concerned. He told us, “The belts have not sold. The customers don’t like
Gilles’ big personality was complimented by his innate business sense. He was
Peter & Austin
Thursday, April 29, 2010
What a great time of year!—golf season is upon us, boats are about to go back into
As mercury levels rise, many of
Just a short ferry ride from Nantucket is
Should you end up in
Didn’t see your favorite store posted here? Have any suggestions to where we should be selling this summer? Want to see Smathers and Branson® products in your local pro shop? Let us know! There are too many great stores in
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The concept of putting a monogram on something has been around for millennia. Greek and Roman rulers used monograms as a royal signature marking
Whether you are looking to protect your prized item by adding initials, commemorate a wedding date, celebrate a graduation year, or you just want to customize your favorite Sma
Smathers and Branson® monogrammed products take up to 6 weeks to be produced and can be purchased at www.smathersandbranson.com.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
At Smathers and Branson we owe much of our success to our partnerships with over 600 high-end shops across the country. From the beginning, these stores have given us precious distribution and aided our grass roots marketing campaign. Part of the purpose of our new blog is to give thanks to the customers and store owners who helped Smathers and Branson along the way. There are countless stores to thank, but today we will begin with Boca Grande Outfitters in
Since 1997, Boca Grande Outfitters has been the primary outfitter for local saltwater fly fishermen and guests hoping to make the big catch. Like the Darien Sport shop, Boca Grande Outfitters is a hybrid between men’s clothing and outdoor gear. This nexus of fashion, function, and the outdoors makes for a great partnership with Smathers and Branson needlepoint products. With a focus on our fishing patterns, the great team at Boca Grande has developed a successful custom program. They have worked with us to create their own custom needlepoint belts, needlepoint flasks, and needlepoint key fobs. These custom products can only be found at Boca Grande Outfitters and are a great way to commemorate catching the Grand Slam!
Boca Grande, which looks more like a screensaver than anything else, is also home to the famous Gasparilla Inn. Frequented by the Bush daughters, this club is famous for its service and has also embraced Smathers and Branson’s custom program. Just a short walk from the
The month of March is an ideal time to sneak away to
Friday, February 19, 2010
Smathers and Branson needlepoint belts are reminiscent of summer days at Murray’s on Nantucket, or winter getaways at C. Orrico in Palm Beach, but our needlepoint belts are now being worn in more places than ever! As suits in the workplace become rare, the culture of business casual is leaving many Smathers and Branson customers with one critical question: can I wear my needlepoint belt in the office? This question, which we field from store buyers and individual customers alike, is surprisingly difficult to answer; but these four guidelines can help set some ground rules.
1) Stick with the Classics: Surcingles, Basketweave, Herringbone
When wearing a Smathers and Branson needlepoint belt in the office, any employee should hope to hear “that’s handsome” instead of “oh my!” To assure this reaction, stick to our timeless patterns like the Basketweave needlepoint belt, Herringbone needlepoint belt, and the Surcingle needlepoint belt collection. Depending on the area of the country and your specific profession you can probably get away with the Jolly Roger, Bonefish, and American Flag needlepoint belts, but be careful in the ever evolving world of business casual.
2) Get Personal: Fishing Flies, Golf Flags, Bluefish and Striper
Smathers and Branson needlepoint belts are designed to remind you of the things you love most (which typically does not involve the office). With that in mind, don’t be afraid to let your co-workers know that you would rather be on the Front Nine or fishing for Bluefish and Striper than being called in on a weekend.
3) No Booze: Beer Cans, 99 Bottles of Beer, Elephant Martini, and Shrimp Cocktail
Unless you’re a Budweiser executive, these needlepoint belts should be left at home. While we love these designs, wearing alcohol related belts to the office may give off the wrong impression. These gems are better suited for the Christmas party or a golf retreat than they are for the typical day at the office.
4) Glory Days: The Collegiate Section
We all remember when. For some of us, it was just last year, for others the memories are hazy, and for many there are no memories…ahh, the glory days of college. With March Madness around the corner, we are reminded that you can never go wrong by showing off school pride, whether or not your team is going to make a run for the finals of the Big Dance.
Note: Unless you are ready for the unemployment line, under no circumstances should you wear the needlepoint collegiate belt of your boss’s rival school.
Friends of Smathers and Branson, we want your input! We wear whatever belt we want in our office, so let us know what you think is acceptable at your own job!
Monday, January 25, 2010
As January comes to a close, most of us are mentally finished with winter weather. While snow during the holidays is great, come February the Smathers and Branson office is ready for warmer temperatures and longer days. This January, our office has kept busy testing new designs, preparing new products, and eagerly anticipating the summer days ahead. With an office of twenty-somethings, it is no surprise that many of us have been setting aside summer weekends for weddings.
Between the months of May and August, the S&B team is attending 31 weddings for friends, family, and even complete strangers (summer interns = wedding crashers, right Frank?). We will be traveling from
Although our office will be busy at the weddings this season, our products will be even busier. From the start S&B has been honored to be a part of the wedding party, and we have now provided groomsmen gifts at over 200 ceremonies. From cummerbunds to key fobs, the vows can never be official until they are stitched in needlepoint - (at least in our humble opinion).
For three years now, we’ve been offering deals on monogrammed belts, flasks, wallets, and cummerbunds for wedding parties. As a great way to commemorate the nuptials, many bridegrooms choose to include both initials and the date of the ceremony on our needlepoint products. The design possibilities are endless and much is left up to your own creativity! If you have an upcoming wedding please do not hesitate to contact us for information regarding price breaks, custom designs and delivery time. All custom products take 4-6 weeks for delivery so do not delay!
The best part is – the groom’s is always free, so when it comes to groomsmen’s gifts, just say I DO to Smathers and Branson!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
What’s your dream foursome? At Sma
This year, Smathers and Branson is excited to be a part of the Bob Hope Classic. On the first day of play, celebrities and tournament officials are given a gift on behalf of the tournament sponsors. In 2010, the gift of choice was a customized Smathers and Branson needlepoint belt with the Bob Hope Tournament insignia! We want to thank everyone at the Bob Hope Classic for thinking of us, and we are thrilled at the possibility of some of the world’s biggest stars wearing our product!
One of the reasons Bob Hope loved his tournament was because he could pick his own foursome. Having played his way down to a four handicap, Hope was not bashful with his pairings and in 1995 he was seen on the links with Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford. It is up for debate as to which member of that power foursome had the honors on the first tee! Luckily, those upholding the legacy of Bob Hope have honored his affinity for a dream pairing, by pairing a Smathers and Branson belt with any outfit on the course.