Smathers & Branson Needlepoint Elephant Martini Hat
A unique, hand-stitched baseball cap delivered all the way from Smathers & Branson, the original needlepoint belt brand in the USA. The six panel cotton twill hats are adorned with the signature 100% hand stitched needlepoint with Smathers' signature Elephant Martini design on navy blue. The size is adjustable by a nickel slide on the back of the hat.
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 item 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.
Everybody loves a good hat!
You are guaranteed to find a design to suit even the hardest to please out of your family and friends, and this makes these caps a wonderful gift opportunity for any occasion.
- Embroidery is 100% handstitched
- Many designs available – if we do not stock one which you would like then please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
One size fits all
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.