Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Break with Smathers & Branson

The first few days of spring are packed with anticipation and excitement. Warmer weather and longer days seem to brighten everyone’s mood as afternoon golf rounds and early mornings fishing become a possibility. Here in Washington, DC we are still weeks away from the Cherry Blossom Festival, but it seems like some people have already gotten spring fever. Those lucky few are of course the college kids on Spring Break.

From New Orleans to the Florida Keys, be sure to stop into one of our many retailers in Spring Break destinations. Below are three can’t miss men’s stores in some of our favorite Spring Break spots. If you don’t see your favorite store below, let us know!

New Orleans
: Host to one of the most infamous parties in the world, New Orleans is teeming with party seekers, students, and musicians during Mardi Gras. Famous for wild costumes and equally wild behavior, NOLA has earned a reputation as one of the best Spring Break locations. For over 70 years, Perlis has been clothing locals and tourists alike. With a full selection of Smathers and Branson® needlepoint belts and accessories, Perlis is the place to visit if you forgot to pack your favorite outfit or if somehow your shirt was misplaced after a late night on Bourbon Street.

Key West:
Anyone who has made the long drive to Key West, FL knows that visiting the southern most point in the US rarely disappoints. With a personality and attitude all its own, Key West is a haven for beach bums and fishermen. Between drinks at the Hog’s Breath Saloon and afternoons exploring the coral reef, take a second to visit our friends at Assortment Inc. A Key West institution, Assortment Inc. has several custom Smathers & Branson® designs geared directly towards the Keys lifestyle.

Sea Island, GA
: When spring break comes around all students must make an important decision: you can pack six people into one hotel room with your friends or join your family on their vacation. If you are lucky enough to visit Sea Island, GA, we would highly recommend skipping the trip to Cancun this year. With world class golf courses, tennis, and a five mile continuous beach, Sea Island has earned a reputation as one of the best resorts in the country. Whether you are in the Beach Shop at the Cloisters or the Golf Shop at the Lodge, stop in and take a look at the custom Smathers & Branson® Sea Island products.

Even as we write this, we are jealous of the students on Spring Break! Where are you going this Spring Break?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Going Green

Green. It means different things to different people. To some it is a sign of environmental activism. To others it is a mark of naiveté. And to the rest it represents the chase of the mighty dollar. Wherever you are in the world, there is only one day that green is ubiquitous.

That day, of course, is St. Patrick’s Day. A religious turned secular holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has become a rallying point of revelry for Irish and non-Irish alike. Unlike any other holiday, St. Patrick’s Day encourages whiskey shots immediately after church. This March 17th, whether you are dyeing the Chicago River green or meeting a group of friends for a parade in Savannah, Ga., avoid getting pinched by sporting a Smathers and Branson clover product.

Before heading out to celebrate, take a second to view our collection of four-leaf clover products. From start to finish, Smathers and Branson has you covered throughout the day: use our coasters to rest your drink; use our flask to sneak a drink; and use our wallet to buy a drink. The one rule to always follow on St. Patrick’s Day is to make sure to hand over your clover key fob to a designated driver!

Our entire line of needlepoint belts and accessories can be viewed at, so take a look and maybe you will get lucky!