SMATHERS & BRANSON

SMATHERS & BRANSON

In 2004, while roommates at Bowdoin College, we decided to start a company that offered needlepoint belts. We had each been gifted a needlepoint belt from our then girlfriends and became intrigued with these unique accessories. After looking to buy finished belts, we realized that there wasn’t a company that featured these timeless items. From the start, our goal was to make the belts more available, attractive and affordable. We had always shared an entrepreneurial spirit and after discovering a concept that we were passionate about, we started working on the idea that has become Smathers & Branson®.

Our biggest challenge was finding and training skilled artisans. With our options quickly running out, we decided to spend the fall in Vietnam. Meeting our stitchers face to face enabled us to perfect our product to meet the high quality standards we set. Without realizing it we had laid the groundwork for a cottage industry that, within a few years, would employ and provide opportunities for thousands of people. As our company continues to grow, we have the satisfaction that our artisan’s level of success grows as well.

We began testing the market in the spring of 2005, and quickly, the once treasured gift became the engine of a growing business. The positive response to the needlepoint belts allowed us to expand to a full line of needlepoint accessories. Through our licensing agreements, we now offer needlepoint products for many of the nation’s best universities and colleges, Major League Baseball teams, and fraternities and sororities. In addition, we can create custom products with unique patterns for schools,clubs, and organizations as well as one of a kind Life Belts® and monogrammed products.

Smathers & Branson defines our mission:

“to offer the finest products with customer service to match.”

Thank you to our customers and stores for your continuing support, and remember, “anything else is just a waist!”

– Peter & Austin

DYLAN

DYLAN

Stantt

Stantt

Saxx

Saxx

S.Cohen

S.Cohen

Madeline Finn

Madeline Finn

Mizzen + Main

Mizzen + Main

Criquet

Criquet

Faherty Brand

Faherty Brand

Taylor Vintage

Taylor Vintage

34 HERITAGE

34 HERITAGE

MAVI

MAVI

ALAN PAINE

ALAN PAINE

BILL’S KHAKIS

BILL’S KHAKIS

PETER MILLAR

PETER MILLAR

TRUE GRIT

TRUE GRIT

DUBARRY

DUBARRY

ROBERT TALBOTT

ROBERT TALBOTT

COPPLEY

COPPLEY

BARBOUR

BARBOUR

HARDWICK

HARDWICK

FILSON

FILSON

SOUTHERN TIDE

SOUTHERN TIDE

KÜHL

KÜHL

MOUNTAIN KHAKIS

MOUNTAIN KHAKIS

HIGH COTTON

HIGH COTTON

JOHNNIE-O

JOHNNIE-O

SOUTHERN POINT

SOUTHERN POINT

OVER UNDER

OVER UNDER

FISH HIPPIE

FISH HIPPIE

MARTIN DINGMAN

MARTIN DINGMAN

SOUTHERN PROPER

SOUTHERN PROPER

WOLVERINE

WOLVERINE

CARROT & GIBBS

CARROT & GIBBS

SOFT SCIENCE

SOFT SCIENCE

PEACH STATE PRIDE

PEACH STATE PRIDE

ST JOHN

ST JOHN

SEXUAL FRESH

SEXUAL FRESH

BERETTA

BERETTA

SMATHERS & BRANSON

SMATHERS & BRANSON

TASC

TASC

PAUL BETENLY

PAUL BETENLY

BRACKISH

BRACKISH

MADISON CREEK

MADISON CREEK

JACK BLACK

JACK BLACK

CORBIN

CORBIN

EYEBOBS

EYEBOBS

SWIMS

SWIMS

ROBERT GRAHAM

ROBERT GRAHAM

OXFORD SHIRT COMPANY

OXFORD SHIRT COMPANY

DYLAN

DYLAN