Review: Hermès-style Apple Watch bands won't empty wallet

Hermès-style Apple Watch bands won’t empty your wallet [Reviews]


All of Arrow & Board's products are handmade in a tiny workshop in Austin.
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Best List: Triple Tour Split Strap by Arrow & Board

With the deluge of Apple Watch bands on the market, I wanted to wrap my wrist in leather for a reasonable price.

Unwilling to drop $500 on the luxe Hermès Double Tour, I was delighted to discover the wares of Arrow & Board, a tiny company from Austin, Texas, that produces made-to-order, handcrafted leather accessories at modest prices.

I’ve been wearing Arrow & Board’s Triple Tour Split Strap for a few weeks now, and it looks way too cool for this mother of four. It’s extremely comfortable, and I already prefer the stitching to the Hermès band.

The family-owned company was formed in response to the mass-produced, low-quality products on the market today. Arrow & Board operates out of a cozy leather workshop in Texas, where each of its handcrafted items is made to order. All of the small shop’s leather comes directly from Wickett & Craig, one of the oldest operating tanneries in the United States.

Leather Apple Watch bands are in style

Apple Watch bands have become Arrow & Board’s best-selling products. Each Apple Watch strap is made from a solid piece of vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather. The Double Tour is soft and easy for me to put on, and comes in two sizes. I chose from a collection of different buckles and loops to best match my Apple Watch. The hand-stitched waxed thread offers a tailored, slick finish.

The Double Tour Split Strap comes in three styles and five colors, ranging in price from $117 to $127 depending on the particulars. Expect a week or more for delivery, as each band is made to order.

Price: $117-127

Buy from: Arrow & Board

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