Smathers & Branson Island Time Needlepoint Luggage Tag
A unique, hand-stitched luggage tag delivered all the way from Smathers & Branson, the original needlepoint belt brand in the USA. Made from the finest French cotton and backed with the finest-grain Italian leather.
Smathers & Branson have created these exquisite accessories by searching high and low for the best Artisans in the business, and finding him in Vietnam. Each luggage tag is lovingly hand-stitched and assembled – 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.
Becs is constantly flying back and forth across the Atlantic and now with Freddie in tow her job is much harder – these luggage tags have helped her pick out her luggage in the chaos of travelling with a baby (and sometimes a dog too!), and helped lost bags to be found quickly!
From a weekend away to a long-haul trip, these are the perfect accessory to your luggage. You are guaranteed to find a design to suit even the hardest to please out of your family and friends, and this makes these luggage tags a wonderful gift opportunity for any occasion.
- Entirely hand-stitched and assembled.
- Made from the finest of French cotton and Italian leather strap with a protective window on the back.
- 75” x 2.75”
- Many designs available – if we do not stock one which you would like then please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
4.75” x 2.75”
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.
Leather can be maintained with a leather cleaning product.