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Best Custom Watch Straps

There are dozens -- if not hundreds -- of guys making custom leather straps these days, and a few doing nylon. You can too. All it really takes is some serious time on Google and YouTube looking for information, a leather supplier, a few knives, needle and thread, and Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours of practice.

In case you don’t have that kind of time, we’ve rounded up some top current strap makers for your sampling pleasure. And lest you think these guys are dilettantes, at least two of them parlayed their passion into an OEM manufacturing concern for well-known watch brands.

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Buying Guide
Into Leather?

Best Custom Watch Straps

There are dozens -- if not hundreds -- of guys making custom leather straps these days, and a few doing nylon. You can too. All it really takes is some serious time on Google and YouTube looking for information, a leather supplier, a few knives, needle and thread, and Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours of practice.

In case you don’t have that kind of time, we’ve rounded up some top current strap makers for your sampling pleasure. And lest you think these guys are dilettantes, at least two of them parlayed their passion into an OEM manufacturing concern for well-known watch brands.

Style Pick: Anderson Woven Suede Belts

Italian-brand Anderson has been crafting quality leather goods and accessories since 1966. Their classic woven belts are made from premium suede and are versatile enough to complete all manner of well-considered looks. Brown is naturally a solid conservative choice, but there's

Style Pick: Feit Handmade Vertical Wallet

Some call it a science, some call it an art. Regardless of how you choose to define it, in the process of wallet making, two elements are absolutely essential -- functionality and form. The folks at Feit have brought these two

Shoot in style

A7 Original Camera Strap II

Dress up your favorite shooter with the A7 Original Camera Strap II. Each strap is made in the U.S.A. by a family-owned NYC based leather manufacturer. Color options include black, brown, or a slightly pricier but reversible olive and gray

Bookin' It Old School

Electric Library Embossed Smart Cover

Etsy maker "punkassjim" came across a photo of an antique electrical handbook and got inspired. The bold title and fun aside notes seemed to describe the iPad 2 perfectly. So, he decided to recreate the look into a set of custom

Experience that shows

HoldFast Photography Equipment

HoldFast is a new brand born from the passion of professional photographer and long time Gear Patrol reader Matthew Swaggert. After years of being frustrated with the overly complex, uncomfortable, and militia-styled gear that flooded the photography market, he decided

Style Pick: Sperry Cloud Logo Shipyard Rigger Boot

Sperry’s Cloud Logo brand puts a trendier spin on American originals. The shipyard rigger boot features genuine handsewn construction, a removable, full length molded footbed, and Sperry’s own Wave Comfort System for added cushioning and air circulation. $140 | Sperry

Style Pick: Wolverine Mayall Boot

The Wolverine Mayall is a new addition to the famed boot maker’s No. 1883 collection. Featuring a soft full-grain leather upper with a textured, plaid woven print lining, the 8” boot can be folded down for extra versatility, providing two distinctive

Style Pick: Free / Man x Wood & Faulk D-Ring Belt

The D-ring collaboration from Free / Man and Wood & Faulk is comprised of 1.5" thick, 10oz North American steer hide tanned in the English bridle fashion with solid brass or nickel plated brass rings. The end result is an extremely

Leather. Head.

30 Minutes With: David Munson

Adventure, and the gear you take along for the ride never ceases to enthrall us here at GP. David Munson, CEO of Saddleback Leather Co. is a kindred spirit in that regard. Subsequently, we decided to sit down with him

Protection Never Looked So Good

Dom Sunglasses Holder by Barret Alley

Sunglasses are a money pit for many. You eagerly drop $100 and beyond to buy a pair for the season, knowing they’ll be destroyed soon by stepping or sitting in the wrong place — if they aren't lost before then. The

Strapped For Class

Draught Dry Goods Oliver Camera Strap

You spent hours researching it and threw down stacks of cash to get that perfect camera setup. When the gear arrived, you attached the included strap to your rig, stuck your neck through, and immediately realized you’d transformed into

One Beautiful Beast

Estwing Claw Leather Handle Hammer

Estwing was founded by Swedish immigrant Ernest O. Estwing nearly a century a go. Ernest had a talent for forging hammers from one solid piece of hardened steel and the rest as they say is history. Estwing tools are still

A Beast of a Belt

Tanner Goods Standard Belt

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Tanner Goods produces their Standard Belt by hand in the enviable climes of Portland, Oregon. It's constructed from 9/10 ounce,  1.5" wide, heavyweight English Bridle Leather, has hand burnished edges, and has been properly branded with the Tanner mark.

Like Two Shoes in One, Hand Made in Maine

Quoddy for 3Sixteen Deck Chukka

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Combining two classic men's shoe styles into one beautiful silhouette, these Deck Chukka's are as stylish as they are well crafted. Created for fashion outfit 3Sixteen by shoe maker Quoddy, each pair is hand sewn in Maine with locked-stitched tips and

High-End Street Meets Luxury

Jump Vanquish

<p jump-sneakers-1-gear-patrol Women have heels, we have sneakers. Like our better halves, sometimes you just can't have too many pairs, especially when it comes to high-tops. Here at Gear Patrol, we've always been fans of Converse, but sometimes you want some

Vintage-Inspired, American Made

Red Monkey Designs Hellion II Belt

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Over 10 years ago, Red Monkey Designs was started out of a garage in Southern California. Best known for producing hand-built leather accessories from custom watches to guitar straps, RMD has quickly become a go-to destination for rock stars and

For These Leather Heads, It All Started with a Watch Strap

Billykirk and the Fascinating Story Behind The Brand

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Here at Gear Patrol, we usually bring you one carefully selected and reviewed product at a time. Today I'm changing it up and bringing a whole company to your attention. Billykirk is a unique company owned and run by two

Lacoste Proof 2 Leather and Mesh Sneakers

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The Lacoste Proof 2 is an update to the Proof, a retro-inspired sneaker that uniquely combines leather and mesh. We're obviously fans of white sneakers here at Gear Patrol and so, why the hell not show you another pair we own. The Lacoste lace-up

Lead Home Theatre Seating Group

Leda Home Theatre Seating GroupA contemporary, cutting-edge design, the Lead Leather Seating Group is a unique approach to home theater furnishings. Sleek and sculptural, the recliners also offer plush comfort.

  • Seat cushion unfurls as you recline, providing you with one continuous surface