In a tiny workshop in Austin, Texas, one of my all-time-favorite leather straps for Apple Watch is made carefully by hand. The Triple Tour Band by Arrow & Board is a “split” version of the ubiquitous Double Tour strap — popularized by the beautiful albeit monstrously-priced Hermès version.
Lust List: Triple Tour Apple Watch Band by Arrow & Board
The Triple Tour is made by Arrow & Board, a small, family-owned company formed in response to what they saw as the scores of mass-produced, low-quality leather accessories on the market today. What started as a hobby of hand-stitching items like wallets, small bags and watch straps has now become a full-time business, with Apple Watch straps being their best-sellers.
“Making leather goods with your own hands is an incredibly rewarding experience. We knew we could make an awesome watch strap that is made with our core values — made in the USA, handcrafted, and meant to last,” says Zackary Brown, owner and product designer for Arrow & Board.
Three ways to wear
The Triple Tour is a super-versatile way to accessorize Apple Watch and can be worn three ways: double-sided on one side of the wrist (left or right) or double-sided between the watch face. More leather, more ways to wear it, at a fraction of the cost of Hermès.
This leather Apple Watch strap is made-to-order from a solid piece of vegetable-tanned, English bridle full-grain leather, which is a smooth, flexible and very durable material. Expect this watch band to age and patina beautifully over time.
The leather is hand-stitched with waxed polyester thread, which is stronger and more weather-resistant than nylon. All of Arrow & Board’s leather is directly sourced from Wickett & Craig, one of the oldest operating tanneries in the United States.
This strap is available in tan, medium brown and black leather. Choose from a variety of hardware options to match your Apple Watch: stainless steel, black/gray, silver aluminum, gold aluminum and rose gold aluminum. The band comes in small and medium/large wrist sizes, and both 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch sizes.
I love this strap for its versatility, beauty, high-quality and price. Expect a week or more for delivery, as each band is made to order. Remember to enter code at checkout for 10 percent discount: Arrow&Board2017
Buy now: Arrow & Board Triple Tour Band
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