I was looking on the B&S website as I have before and I'd like to try one out. In leather strap terms though, it's kind of an investment. Besides some $60-80 Shell Cordovan straps, I've not experienced a high-end watch strap that's NOT a shell cordovan.
By most people's accounts, Shell Cordovan is considered tangibly "the best" leather. But as I shop watch straps more, I guess a watchmaker can charge more for a lesser leather if it's finished better? This is where I sometimes have a hard time shopping for watch straps. If you tell me you're using Horween or Shell Cordovan, I can justify the price more in my head. But when you say it's just "vegetable tanned" leather, or some other generic processing term, it's hard to justify these higher prices in my novice mind.
Looking at Bulang & Sons straps though, they tangibly look different. They have that unique, spongy look. The edges don't look sharply cut and the thickness seems uneven in its entirety. In general, they look like they were cut and shaped sharply, and then dipped in a liquid tanning process and swelled up like a sponge. They have a lot of character but they also don't look very hardy.
I've heard people consider Hodinkee and W&W straps as over-priced for what they are...does B&S fall in this same category to most?
Besides their leather straps like the ones shown above, I also really like the dressy canvas strap they have below:
What do you think? Are they worth it compared to the other higher-end sites?
Other notables I've considered:
Toshi Straps.....however, I don't like that they don't taper. I also don't like the large buckle holes....I wish he'd make some straps more on the dressy side. His variety is unmatched as far as leathers and color though.
Bas & Lokes....$140..$150 is just too much imo. I love the look but I'm just not willing to spend that much on a strap right now. Same goes for SNPR, The Strap Smith, Combat Straps....all a tad more then I'm looking to spend.
I own a few Rios1931, Fluco, Hirsch, and Hadley Roma and I'm not really interested in any of these brands as they look too factory/machine made.