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Thursday, December 21, 2023

My Old Wathne Dog Head Belt Buckle



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  1. I have the exact same dog buckle that I bought from Wathne (thank you, I had been trying to remember the brand name!) exactly 30 years ago on W. 57th Street in New York City when I lived there! Wathne was a lifestyle brand owned by Icelandic sisters and they had wonderful things (I also had a silk scarf and a yellow and navy canvas duffle tote bag from them that I used in the 1990s before it finally gave up the ghost). The brand theme was the sporting life as most of items had a hunting/fishing/equestrian theme. Cheers for the memories!

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  2. It's all coming back to me now. For those of you that know and love the brand, I believe Wathne's products were produced by the Polo Ralph Lauren company (RL also had a very high-end luxury boutique on Madison Avenue in the 90s) at the time, which would explain the similarities between products. Their logo was a fish topped with a crown because the Icelandic family that owned Wathne were noble and were fly fishing aficionados. The Labrador belt buckle is the last item that I own from the brand that remains as one of my favorite possessions.

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    1. Polo RL is just a brand, I don’t believe they were ever manufacturing anything. They could just order in factories that were producing for them. Beautiful belt though, I have something similar but with a horse head, in solid silver. Thank you for telling the story of the shop, interesting if they still exist somewhere. Merry Christmas everyone! I.

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  3. Wathne closed for business in the late 90s. PRL did collaborate with the sisters to create their brand and manufacture their products.I believe there was a patent filing in NYC. I’m in the patent industry so I’m aware of this, but those records also exist in the public domain.

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    1. Thank you, very interesting! Shame that they are gone...I.

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    2. JUNE 29, 2001, 12:00AM

      WATHNE CLOSES ON 57TH STREET

      NEW YORK — Wathne, the luxury outdoor and equestrian-related apparel and accessory store at 4 West 57th Street — one of the fanciest shops in town — has shut down.
      Moving into the 1,400-square-foot space is Smythson of Bond Street, a high-end stationer from London.
      Wathne is operated by three sisters from Iceland — Thorunn, Berge and Soffia Wathne — who have a passion for sports. They spent heavily to open the site at the end of 1993, giving it a fireplace with a handcarved limestone mantel, an overstuffed leather couch, a chandelier made of antlers, Venetian plaster walls and moldings, pearwood display cases and a French limestone floor.
      At one time, the store sold such items as sterling-silver trout-shaped belt buckles, priced at $360; suede quilted hunting jackets, $1,585, and cavalry twill riding jackets, $695. Wathne is also known for its angling gear, which includes salmon flies ($25), thigh waders ($155) and oilcloth vests ($350)

      Impressive interior deco! I think it was suppose to be an high-end PRL...
      Isabel

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  4. Sounds like their target market included those willing to spend $15k a day fishing for Atlantic Salmon in Iceland.

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