Show your true stripes with these fun, fuzzy Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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The Cavallino Leather Band for Apple Watch in Stripey is calf's leather with hair remaining on the hide.
Photo: Meridio

Best List: Cavallino Leather Apple Watch Band by Meridio

Add some furry texture to your wrist with a stand-out strap from Meridio, makers of fine, Italian leather straps for Apple Watch.

We love Meridio bands for their craftsmanship and elegance, and the Cavallino Collection is no exception. See what makes these beautiful bands unique, and take 30 percent off the regular price in our Watch Store.

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The Cavallino Leather Apple Watch Band in Dalmation adds beautiful, soft texture to your watch band.
Photo: Meridio

Not your average Apple Watch band

Cavallino leather is often referred to as haircalf, calf hair, or hair-on leather. It’s calf’s leather with the hair remaining on the hide.

Cavallino is harder to work with than regular leather, and is therefore more expensive. The hair is treated with bleach and dyed in different colors and patterns to create one-of-a-kind Apple Watch bands. This treatment also gives the hair its luxurious sheen.

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Choose from six adapter colors and four leather patterns. Bengal Tiger is shown above.
Photo: Meridio

Handmade in Italy

Meridio is a small assemblage of artisans who hand-make leather bands for Apple Watch in an ancient tannery in Tuscany. (The region’s capital, Florence, is particularly famous for its leather production.)

The company seeks to combine the practicality and innovation of the Apple Watch with the inherent quality of Italian leather manufacturing.

Meridio chooses only the highest-quality hides, which are then handmade into beautiful Apple Watch bands.

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The Cavallino Leather Band in Stripey.

The Cavallino Leather Band comes in four variations: Stripey, Whitey Spotty, 101 Dalmatians, and Bengal Tiger.

Choose from six adapter and hardware finishes to complement your Apple Watch: gold, rose gold, black, space gray, stainless steel and silver.

Available only for 38 mm Apple Watch.

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The band in Whitey Spotty with black hardware.
Photo: Meridio

Each of Meridio’s straps is produced in compliance with international laws regarding animal protection and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Price: $76 (regularly $109)

Buy from: Watch Store

Check out the Cult of Mac Watch Store for a huge variety of curated straps, chargers and accessories for Apple Watch.

Meridio provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See Cult of Mac’s reviews policy; and check out more stuff we recommend in our Best List reviews.