Smathers & Branson Crossed Racquets Needlepoint Belt
A stunning and unique concept for a belt delivered all the way from Maryland, USA by Glaze & Gordon. Made from the finest French cotton, fine-grain Italian leather and solid American brass these belts look and feel outstanding.
Smathers & Branson have created these exquisite belts (and other accessories) by searching high and low for the best Artisans in the business, and finding him in Vietnam. Each belt involves over 14,000 hand-stitches and takes 15-20 hours to create and assemble – the incredible art of Needlepoint is time consuming, but Smathers & Branson have helped to create a Cottage Industry in Vietnamese villages supplying hundreds of people with a flexible job and income to aid their lifestyles.
Smathers & Branson joined forces in 2004, after looking to buy needlepoint belts and realising there was not a company that created the finished item. The biggest challenge they faced was finding an artisan skilled enough to create a product to the perfect standard they were looking for – but after spending time in Vietnam and meeting with stitchers face to face to outline exactly what it was they were seeking they found their artisans and have formed an incredible working relationship. Their new partner had plans to teach their needlepoint craft to 100 of his fellow villagers to provide jobs in the community, that were flexible around the rice harvest in the area. This mutualistic relationship has continued to grow; the villagers have been provided with a wonderful opportunity whilst creating beautiful, individual pieces for Smathers & Branson. Since the success of the belts, the company has gone on to make lots of different needlepoint accessories – all special, unique and make a wonderful addition to our Glaze & Gordon range.
Everything about these belts is inspiring; the precise skill in the needlepoint, the social responsibility in the craftmanship and the flawless materials used. The Glazes and the Gordons love a good belt, and the impeccable designs of the Smathers & Branson belts suit everyone in the family.
You are guaranteed to find a design to suit even the hardest to please out of your family and friends, and this makes these belts a wonderful gift opportunity for any occasion.
- Entirely hand-stitched and assembled.
- Over 14,000 stitches in each belt.
- Made from the finest of French cotton, Italian leather and solid American brass.
- 1.25 inches wide.
- Many designs available – if we do not stock one which you would like then please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Smathers & Branson offer a tailoring service on their belts, any amount can be taken off a belt and even a couple of extra inches added if needed. This service would take between 12-16 weeks including shipping.
Men: The most accurate way to measure for a men’s belt is to add two inches onto the trouser size. When the waist size is odd add three inches for a suitable size belt.
Women: Put a measuring tape through your belt loops, so that the waist is fully encircled. Cinch the ends together and this measurement equals your ideal belt size. If your measurement yields an odd number, round up to the next even number.
Care: If the cotton gets dirty, then use a small amount of soap with warm water and spot clean. For maximum protection you can use Scotchgard – but follow the instructions specifically and be careful to only treat the cotton thread.
Brass can be cleaned with a regular brass polishing product, but be careful not to spill onto the leather or the cotton.
Leather can be maintained with a leather cleaning product.