Smathers & Branson
Smathers & Branson began after the two founders (and college roommates) were gifted needlepoint belts by their significant others. Intrigued by this intricate and almost-forgotten style of accessory making, Peter and Austin worked on finding artisans who still engaged in the craft of needlepoint. Once satisfied with their production lines, they began sourcing designs that were inspired equally by the Southern Americana and New England preppy heritages of the mid-twentieth century. Now, almost ten years in, Smathers & Branson produces everything from flasks to wallets to hats, all constructed by those artisans they found years ago, and are basically singlehandedly keeping the art of needlepoint accessories alive through their advocation of the process and its producers.