Classic, yet unique, the hand-stitched needlepoint skull and bones on this Smathers & Branson polo adds an special touch to a classic style. Using 100% cotton pique and a fabric weight that is suited for any season, this shirt features a two button placket, ribbed collar and a vented "tennis tail" hem, so that the shirt stays tucked in; you know, when you're bending over to grab that golf tee. Fore!
In 2004, while roommates at Bowdoin College, we decided to start a company that offered needlepoint belts. We had each been gifted a needlepoint belt from our then girlfriends and became intrigued with these unique accessories. After looking to buy finished belts, we realized that there wasn’t a company that featured these timeless items. From the start, our goal was to make the belts more available, attractive and affordable. We had always shared an entrepreneurial spirit and after discovering a concept that we were passionate about, we started working on the idea that has become Smathers & Branson.
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