Brand Announcement: Eyebobs, R. Hanauer & The British Belt Company
Over the last several months, we’ve announced several amazing brands we’ll be carrying at Roosevelt & Co. this fall. Brands like Peter Nappi, Ledbury, and Billy Reid (among many many more!). But today, I wanted to give you a little sneak peek at a few of the amazing accessory brands we’ll also be featuring in store as well, because like the saying goes, often it’s the little things that matter most.
The British Belt Company
The British Belt Company hand crafts Great British Leather Goods, with a company history dating back to 1946. They delight in being able to bring together the finest leathers, with traditional skills that have been passed through the generations, to produce timeless leather goods and accessories.
A traditional belt manufacturer, the British Belt Company not only makes belts, but a selection of braces, bags, and small leather goods.
Founder Arnold Wills, started the company in 1946, seeing the opportunities in Britain at the time. With a passion for the centuries old traditions of leather working, he quickly built a reputation for the finest leather products, supplying to the most renowned stores of the time.
Today the brand forms part of Arnold Wills group, and remains a family owned manufacturer located in Rutland, England’s smallest county. The collections are inspired by their British heritage and contemporary lifestyles. Each product purchased from them is crafted by hand with care taken in every detail, to create a leather product which, if taken care of, can last generations.
Somewhere on the other side of 40, Julie Allinson found herself in need of reading glasses. With the help of her optician friend (and future design collaborator) she set out to find the perfect pair. After carefully selecting her ideal frames, the final total left her with the type of sticker shock usually associated with a luxury sports car purchase or hotel mini-bar tab. A frugal farm girl at heart, Julie couldn’t bear the thought of spending the GDP of a small country on an item that would inevitably end up lodged between the sofa cushions. When she inquired about a more reasonably priced alternative, she was directed to the rack at the local drugstore. The memory of what she saw there haunts her to this day…
As a successful woman with carefully curated personal style, didn’t her eyes deserve better? And there it was, her ‘a ha’ moment. If what she was looking for didn’t exist, then she would just have to make it. Allinson quickly left her job at a children’s clothing company and set to work with a singular vision: to create a line of distinctive, high-quality reading glasses for people like her, the irreverent and slightly jaded.
Since starting eyebobs in 2001, that vision has become an all-consuming passion. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Allinson and her dedicated team of optical misfits live to outfit the eyes of the smart, sarcastic and style conscious among us. Frames range from buttoned up conservative to avant garde, each crafted with exceptional quality and a dose of Allinson’s signature wit and style. eyebobs were created for the square pegs. The black sheep. The people who dare to be unapologetically themselves. Put them on and you will get noticed. Wallflowers need not apply.
R. Hanauer was established in 1985 when its owner, Randy Hanauer, realized that white pocket squares were a niche that needed to be filled in the menswear market. At that time, the only squares available were the “for blow, not for show” type, and, as Hanauer knew, a handkerchief is much too large for a suit breast pocket. Hanauer’s knowledge in fabric, design and color, combined with his experience as a manufacturers’ representative made his new business endeavor possible.
Hanauer’s first pocket squares were designed by Hanauer, then cut, sewn and pressed with the aid of a seamstress, on a single machine which could perform a simulated hand rolled edge on the squares. Much of the pressing and packaging took place on his dining room table. He later found a tailor shop in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that would produce his products.
The squares were well received by the retail stores. Hanauer soon added a few new patterns, such as tattersalls, plaids and paisleys. As he grew in talent and confidence, bow ties and matching cummerbunds were added to his product line.
In 1990, R. Hanauer, Inc. expanded operations as the company moved into its own workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The company has since tripled the size of the facility. R. Hanauer products are proudly made in the USA from imported fabrics, and Hanauer attributes much of his success to, “good honest working relationships and a product based on quality.”