Mar 12, 201208:32 AMThe Telegraph
The Premier Blog of the West
Editor's Pick: Stetson Accessories
The brand may be synonymous with the quintessential cowboy hat, but these days Stetson is aiming a little lower with the recent launch of its first-ever belt and buckle collections.
To mark the significant departure, Stetson invited four distinguished silversmiths — Scott Hardy, Zan and Patience Traughber, and Shane Hendren (whose buckle is shown, $1,800) — to create three original designs. The artisan buckles not only highlight the new line, but also represent some of the best work of the company’s new Craftsman’s Alliance program.
Founded in 2011, Craftsman’s Alliance seeks to keep the Western traditions of fine craftsmanship alive by recognizing and supporting outstanding artisans. This year’s deserving honorees were all on hand during a special ceremony held at Ranch at The Rim in San Antonio, and following their induction into the alliance, the esteemed silversmiths each presented their one-of-a-kind design and discussed their craft.
Doubling as a trunk show, the December 17 event also showcased the three new styles of Stetson’s main buckle collection. Inspired by the Craftsman’s Alliance designs, these signature buckles hit store shelves in February ($150 each).
To complement the silver-plated accessories, Stetson has also introduced men’s hand-tooled belts made from the same leathers as its boots for coordinating cowboy ensembles ($40 – $80), and still to come this spring is a separate belt collection for women.
Holly Henderson is the Assistant Managing Editor of Cowboys & Indians.