I'd like to post up my straps, to see what you guys think. These are just the initial few that I've made to a standard I feel is suitable for wearing.
A wee bit of background - I tried to start my own watch brand through Watchuseek and it failed, mostly because of funding - it was launched at the height of the recession, and that I was getting them made out-of-house, meaning prices for manufacture was orbital. Anyway, since then I've gone on to do many things, but I always kept coming back to watches. In a bid to keep in the watch world and scratch that product designer itch, I decided to make my own straps, but go that one step further and make my own buckles too. This also meant I could do it all in-house and keep the costs lower. As a result I've managed to make what I think are decent straps which offer a bit of an alternative to the norm. Perhaps.
Anyway, I make everything from scratch using veg-tan full grain leather, which I then dye, stamp, stitch and finish. The only process I outsource are the 316L Stainless Steel end-plates and prongs, which I get the profiles cut on waterjet. I then mill, tap and finish them by hand using a variety of methods to achieve a matte finish, cut down the 316 Steel bars, face, drill and tap each side by hand and blend them all together to create a nice smooth finish. I customise some tiny torx bolts to fit in my drilled end-plates, assemble all the parts and bobs your auntie.
You can see more background and how I've went about making these from day dot on my blog, but here are some photos of the straps I'm semi-happy with.
S001 - Pre-Weathered
S001 - Mid-Tan
S001 - Black Bronze (Or as I'm calling it, a John Player Special)
I'm still plugging away at more combos and I will be introducing more styles/shapes and new styles of buckles as I hopefully sell them.
Thanks for looking and I look forward to (read: crapping my pants) receiving some feedback.