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Monday, November 9, 2009

MoS Giveaway: Smathers & Branson

We are thrilled to reveal that this week's MoS giveaway is from Smathers & Branson, a company that practically needs no introduction considering we've featured their needlepoint accessories in countless posts on our blog. Smathers & Branson is generously giving away a $165 gift card to one lucky MoS reader, and it could be you! The company's belts retail for $165, so you'll be able to choose any belt pattern that floats your boat, or of course you're free to order an assortment of their other fabulous accessories, from wallets to key fobs to headbands and beyond.



As with any niche company, there is a fun back story regarding how things began. Peter Smathers Carter and Austin Branson started the company after graduating from Bowdoin College in 2004. In college, their girlfriends had made them custom needlepoint belts, and they soon realized that there was a void in the marketplace for needlepoint belts that were both high quality and affordable. Which is so true- I remember the only needlepoint belts you could find in stores around that time retailed for upwards of $300.

The two spent a year locating a group of stichers in Vietnam that could provide the quality product they were looking for, and today provide work for over 2,000 people in 16 villages in Vietnam. Given the success of the company the pair were able to move from their original business headquarters- Austin's parents' attic- but they're still based a stone's throw from Washington, DC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Need we remind you that Christmas is just around the corner and that needlepoint belts make a fantastic gift? They come packaged in these fantastic wooden boxes.



A few of our favorites for gents are the lobster and claw...




...and for hunting enthusiasts, the shotgun and shell.



And for the fisherman, the mahi mahi.



The women's collection features a more feminine buckle, which is a nice touch.

Needlepoint Women's Belts

We can't resist anything bamboo, be it a bamboo lamp, bamboo print fabric, or this pink bamboo belt.


Likewise with anything coral, such as this coral belt.



And finally, the happy starfish belt puts us in the mood for the beach.



We find that men are enamoured with their collegiate collection- my husband wears his school belt I gave him all the time- and for an extra $35 you can get initials put on any belt, which gives a nice custom touch.



We're sure that all our North Carolina readers out there would love the Chapel Hill belt!



And of course, I must give a wahoowa to this one:



Another great gift for a man would be a needlepoint wallet, which you can get in a variety of designs:


Needlepoint Wallets

Or, our favorite, with a custom monogram.



We love how their selection of needlepoint headband includes designs you can wear year-round. How perfect would the houndstooth be for the holidays? And of course we love the dramatic colors of the green bamboo.

Black and White Houndstooth Needlepoint Headband™

For the adventurous man in your life, how about one of their fantastic cummerbunds? I know, I know, not every man would wear a brightly colored cummerbund...but the ones who will tend to be the most fun!

  

Don't forget fido- these collars are fabulous. I would love to see MoS Charlotte's precious pooch sporting one of these!



Perfect for your hunting dog!



As we have said before the MoS girls are both big fans of our S&B key fobs. These would make a great stocking stuffer and come in a zillion patterns to suit any interest.


Needlepoint Key Fobs 



We also love their coin purses- perfect for throwing in your purse and holding not only change but jewelry, receipts, and other little misc. items that tend to accumulate in our bags. Get a bright color and you'll never lose it.

Needlepoint Coin Purses

Now back to the giveaway! To enter, click on over to the Smathers & Branson website and take a minute to peruse their offerings, and then leave us a comment on this post telling us your two favorite Smathers & Branson patterns. Then next Monday, November 16th, we'll draw the lucky winner using random.org and make the big announcement that morning. Good luck and thank you again to the folks at Smathers & Branson!

71 comments:

E Mac said...

its a close tie between the farm scene and the bacon egg and cheese belt. i just love them both... not sure any of the men in my family would sport one, so may have to go with the alma mater. fun contest. love S&B!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

I love the lobster claw coin purse and the coral women's belt. Great giveaway!

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Well, I am the first to comment so I know I won't be winning this. BUT! Just in case the odds like me, I'd definitely use the certificate to stock up on headbands. I love the houndstooth - both the black and white and the pink and white. And while I adore the dog collars (skull and crossbones thank you very much!), I can't bring myself to spend $75 precious dollars of needlepoint work toward my pup.

Anonymous said...

I really love the lab belt and the orange and white UT belt. Looks just like the Vols' checkerboard endzone!
Loucinda

central bark designs said...

THE DOG COLLARS - I love the Crab collar as it reminds us of living in DC and our favorite summe pastime - CRABCAKES....and the Nautical Collar - perfect for sailing!

Amanda said...

I love the grasshopper & dragonfly and bee key fob.
So cute!

suburban prep said...

I love love the Greenwich Plaid Needlepoint Headband plus the Shamrock Needlepoint Key Fob. There are many more items but these two stand out to me.

ginny said...

I love the women's bamboo belts!! Actually, I love everything of theirs!

Marie said...

Fox and Hound-makes you want to be out and about on a crisp fall day and to remind me of being on the water on Cape Cod, what could be better than the rope belt.

Ellen said...

I'm partial to the nautical themes- i love Dark n Stormy but Rainbow Fleet is my favorite- thanks for the great gift ideas for Christmas!

Jessica R. said...

How do you even pick?! In the women's belts, I'd go with coral and, from the men's, I love the Christmas mistletoe. But they're all such fun!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Wahoowa!

As I was reading, I was thinking that I'd have a tough time deciding between a belt for the boyfriend or a collar for my golden! Now that we can point out two favorite items, it's an easy decision:

The retriever belt would be perfect for the man and the crab collar would be perfect for the dog. Now, if they made leashes to match those collars, that would be perfect!

Sally Bowman said...

I love the Mahi Mahi and the Red Crab belts! I also love the Lobster and Race Horse key fobs! I wish they had Davidson and Sewanee patterns too. Maybe I'll encourage the school bookstores to commission some...

Jaime said...

Wow amazing giveaway! Love the skulls (Black Jolly Roger) and the houndstooth :)

inthetweeds said...

Fun giveaway! With Christmas coming up, I'd pick either the UVA or Dark'n'Stormy sailing flags belt for my dad...the Elephant Martini coin purse for my sister...or the pink Jolly Roger dog collar for my parents' dog!

MCC said...

Another awesome giveaway! If I were to win, I would pick the black Jolly Roger women's belt or the Fox & Hound needlepoint men's belt for the DH. Thanks for the opportunity!

Howdy Do said...

My favorite patterns are the jolly roger and the crab. Cute!

Camellia said...

love Smith & Branson! Easy answer for me - the orange & white checkerboard (Go Vols!) and the duck duck goose pattern, especially for a dog collar. Great giveaway ladies!

Anonymous said...

Oh, decisions decisions -- I love the golf scene, in the men's selections [I could appropriate to myself, of course] -- as well as the ladies vintage blue rope belts. But they are all great, and the detail is incredible in some of them. Great to see this work.

Deborah

Gina said...

I absolutely adore their belts. My favs are the UNC and Republican belts. BTW just found your blog - beyond fantastic!! Thanks for all the interesting posts!

Anonymous said...

How can I possibly only choose two favorites? I am in love with Smathers and Branson. My hubby wears the Steelhead Trout and the Grand Slam belts so they have to be my favorites. Please, can I win?? I have been a good girl!

Betsy said...

Love the pink & green women's belt, and of course, the Georgia Tech fan in me can't resist the GT collegiate belt!

BamaManda said...

Well after spending the summer in Annapolis, I love the crab needlepoint key fob! But i'm also a fan of the houndstooth head band which is perfect for an Alabama football fan such as myself (and the floral print headband is pretty darn cute as well!)!

Blair P. said...

Another great give-away! There are so many to choose from - I love almost all of the key fobs with faves being Crab, Monkey, and Pug. I also love the rope pattern blue women's belt and the Derby Scene men's belt...sorry, couldn't pick just two!

Jamie Sullivan said...

Awesome giveaway! I love the Tall Ships belt and the Bluefish & Striper! my dog definitely needs the Jolly Roger pink needlepoint collar - so cute!

Elizabeth KS said...

best giveaway ever!! lets see -- i am suuuch a fan of Dark N Stormy for the hubbie and then Coral for us ladies :)

though the new simple stripes are amazing -- I hadn't seen those before but I think the Navy & Red may be a Christmas must in our house!

Blakely said...

I love the skull and cross bones belt...what a classic way to create something a little edgy. My husband has an odd love of belts and he would love so many of these! I also just love the green and black bamboo headband - what a great thought!

Eileen Angelo said...

I have two classic favorites that i have purchased for multiple people over the years. Since I met these guys at the NYJL golden tree event years agao, i have loved that classic American Flags pattern and the green fishing flies. Men feel great wearing that fly pattern, the background color is neutral enough and its certainly masculine! The flags, well, i am a true enthusiast when it comes to the american flag. Men and women both can wear this all year round and it looks great and gives an aire of confidence and patriotism that i just love!

Suz said...

Too many to list! If it was a belt for my boyfriend I'd say the Mermaid or the Beer Cans belt. What a fun contst esp since this stuff is "tres cher!"

Hannah said...

So hard to narrow it down to just two-- I love the Rainbow Fleet dog collar for my sweet puppy, and I think the Bow Ties belt is adorable!! Great giveaway idea!

Lalla said...

Love these belts! The Kentucky girl in me loves the Horse Jockey belt and I also love the Pink Jolly Roger belt!

Pink Martini said...

Hi! Just found you at Are you a Preppy and love your blog. Oh gosh, I have been a stalker at S&B's website looking at belts for my guys. Fishing has to be the theme but I love the sailing flags too. Being a USC alum, I thought it for MY U of SoCal but found out it was U of South Carolina! I thought that was so funny. :)

Lindsey said...

It's so hard to pick just one. I'm a huge parrot head... so obviously the Parrot Head, but I also love the Birdie and Eagle belt. Hilarious!

Sarah Boyd said...

oh LOVE Smathers and Branson! I love the Seascape belt and the car evolution belt. SO CUTE. What a great give away! :)

Connor said...

love love love the key fobs...all of them. and i wish i had a dog for the adorable collars. such a cute giveaway!

Hillary and Russell Jordan said...

Always been a fan of the beer cans for the fraternity guys in college!!

For the Hubby, I love the fishing ties and the duck hunting. Personally, I want both the flower print and the starfish!

a. said...

I have a S&B monkey key fob and love it. I need one of those cute pink skull and crossbones change purses!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I love the black and green bamboo print and the mermaid. Love S&B!

goheels83 said...

Obviously, my favorite is the UNC print. I also love love love the coral and the starfish!!!

What an awesome giveaway, fingers crossed!!! :)

Elizabeth said...

I love the women's black bamboo belt and ALL of the flasks. What a fun giveaway (I love your blog, BTW).

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

What a GREAT giveaway!!!!!!
I love the black and green headband and the shot gun shell belt! xx

Mary Ann said...

My favorites are the coral belt and green bamboo headband. Thanks for the great gift ideas!

Alexandra said...

I love them all so much it's hard to find a favorite. I'll go with the Dark N' Stormy and the Sailing Island belts.

Nina said...

My dogs would look fabulous in his and hers Jolly Roger collars, and I'd love the Fox & Hounds belt to wear riding. Cute stuff!

christin said...

The headbands are super cool! I love the black and white houndstooth and the Greenwich plaid:) Thanks!

christinbanda AT yahoo DOT com

Kellybag said...

Definitely voting for the Flower Print headband as it is so pretty! My second vote has to be for the Florida Gators in anything on the site. Gorgeous work and detailing on every piece. Thank you for the chance to win!

Catherine said...

Wonderful giveaway!!! What fun! I love anything University of Alabama, my hubs is a graduate and for our yellow lab, I love the duck dog collar! Thanks for the fun post! I love that company!

Kiki from Atlanta said...

Love the humor of the bonefish (one "whole" fish and one "bone" fish) and love the classic lobster. Mind you, my husband has both so if I were to win, I'd pick the coral ladies belt! Or...maybe I'd be generous and buy a bunch of key fobs for the holidays. :)

The Smarter Princess said...

I'm a true girly girl and really love both the coral and starfish patterns. The headbands are especially great!

Katherine said...

My favorites are "dark and stormy" and "fishing flies"! so cute!

Anonymous said...

I love the Virginia design, of course! I could definitely use a new key fob and my labradoodle would look fantastic in one of those collars...

Erin said...

Love the key fobs- everyone on my Christmas list needs one of these this year!

DAM said...

The Jolly Roger is a classic and the monogrammed wallet is pretty awesome as well.

BeccaTay said...

I love the rooster print because I work/study chicken embryos so I've developed an odd fondness for them. Second place is the shotgun shell because it's simply cool. I'm more in the market for a key fob because the one I have right now is falling apart. Help a poor grad student out :)

Laura said...

Black bamboo and coral are beautiful prints. I've bought the key chains for presents before and have always wanted a belt. Fingers crossed.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

I cannot tell you how much I love needlepointing! My favorite patterns are the Blue Turtles Needlepoint and the Flamingo Oasis Needlepoint belt! Thank you so much for hosting an amazing giveaway!

laura @ so alaurable said...

Hard to choose just two! The black and white houndstooth looks amazing in needlepoint, and I would really rock the coral pattern belt! Thanks for the giveaway and introducing me to a great company.

Jenna Strauss said...

I like the Greenwich Plaid and the Jolly Roger in pink (I have a feisty little doggie who would love marvelous in a collar in that print)!

Kari said...

I just love these belts! The greenwich plaid would be adorable in a belt. My 10 year old loved the lacrosse belt and my 8 year thought it would be great if he could have a Red Sox one made just for him. My husband liked the mahi mahi belt and the dog would look adorable in the pink jolly roger collar. A great site for the whole family. I think we just made our list for Santa this year! This is a great giveaway. I have to say I just found your site today and I love it! Keep up the great work.

mariahmahon said...

Well, it is hard to narrow down my favorites! But, I love the women's needlepoint belts... the bamboo and coral patterns are great! I think the horn buckles are a great touch! I also think the needlepoint headbands are fun.... the flower print could be a great way to liven up a simple dress! M. Mahon

Anonymous said...

M. Mahon said...
Well, it is hard to narrow down my favorites! But, I love the women's needlepoint belts... the bamboo and coral patterns are great! I think the horn buckles are a perfect touch! I also the needlepoint headbands are fun.... the flower print could be a great way to liven up a simple dress! M. Mahon

MJW said...

I love the rainbow fleet belt and the lobster dog collar...so cute, and hard to pick just two!

Lauren said...

Love the Black Jolly Roger and Pink Bamboo belts! I have been interested in S&B for a while and still do not own any needlepoint items so I need to win!!!

Lucy said...

UVA and beer cans!

Becky Lindahl said...

I love the pug key fob (naturally) and the coral headband. I also got a good laugh out of the caddyshack flask.

Bethanie said...

The retriever print is perfect for my keyring, while my real golden retriever would like the Tennessee Orange and White checkerboard!

Laura said...
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EKM said...

I sure would love to get a belt for my beau for christmas!! I would have to order one of the "memory" custom belts because it would mean so much and he already has an auburn S&B belt! I would put icons from his family/life on there!

Sarah said...

Love the coral and starfish!! So fun.

House of Blue said...

love the dog collars Especially the Jolly Rogers Also love the Needlepoint Coin Purse, in Pink Houndstooth!!

Fun giveaway!

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Michael S. said...

Working as a valet I had no clue what all these key fobs with "SB" on them meant... come to discover a very cool brand.

As for fav patterns, I'm going with the Tennessee checkerboard, or the herringbone and the little known Sea Island script.

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