Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Overpriced Alert: Smathers & Branson Belt

($185, Smathers & Branson, C.Orrico)
How the fuck is this belt $185? Does that include yacht club membership? And what kind of a name is Smathers and Branson? It even sounds like an uptight law firm. And how is C. Orrico "Where Palm Beach Comes to Play" (ew!) so blatantly ripping off Henri Bendel's signature brown and white likeness?



Gag me with this $595 men's Lilly Pulitzer blazer:
Actually, the type of man who'd wear that blazer AND fluorescent green pants probably WOULD spend $185 on an embroidered sailboat belt and probably WOULD wear it with the aforementioned parade of gaud. Money can't buy taste, people.

And by the way, I'm not totally opposed to the idea of the prepster belt by any means. But $185? Huh? Observe:
($20, Chesapeake Ribbons)


($49.50, Vineyardvines.com)


($39.50, Vineyard Vines, Fireflyoutfitters.com)
Way less money, you still get preppy little symbols wrapped around your waist, everyone goes home happy.


($28, Urban Outfitters)
Double your nautical cuteness.

Also, I'm so sad this DSquared2 whale belt is sold out... and speaking of Bendel's, check out these amazing illustrations at A Design Affair.

8 comments:

N/OutofFashion said...

God, that blazer.

Eek.

Sal said...

But preps have money, right? So they prolly don't bat an eye at a $185 belt covered in sailboats. Or a hidjeous patchwork madras blazer ... OK my logic just unraveled.

doozy said...

Would sir desire a douchebag V neck with their sailboat belt and neon blazer?

Grayburn said...

I have a friend who wears blazers like that every single day to work. He's fabulous in that loud and proud way :)

Grayburn

Sal said...

Any chance you ladies would do a link swap? For what it's worth, you've been in my blogroll for ages ...

http://alreadypretty.blogspot.com/

Tamron Lohan said...

Sal -- of course! done!

Sarah said...

I checked out smathers and branson's website (www.smathersandbranson.com) and learned why those belts are $185--actually $165. The belts are hand needlepointed. I've needlepointed a few in my day and it takes 40 hours to stitch one and over $300 to make one yourself. Yes, aggressively preppy, but certainly worth the price so that you don't have to do it yourself!

popular.style said...

Dsquared2 Beltsis a fashion label created by two Canadian brothers, Dean and Dan Caten. In 1991 they moved to Italy to pursue their dreams of fashion and creating their own company. In 1995 they debuted their very first men’s collection, and in 2003 the very first women’s collection debuted as well.

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