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01 ATELIER DU BRACELET PARISIEN This family-owned, Parisbased strap specialist offers a staggering number of options for your ideal strap. Aside from the standard calf and alligator skin, Atelier du Bracelet Parisien has leathers made from sea bass, pangolin, toad, and countless other exotic creatures. You get to choose the material and colour of the lining, the amount of padding, the shape of the end of the strap and whether you want it stitched by hand or machine. www.abp-paris.com 03 CAMILLE FOURNET If you’re not exactly sure of what you want, play around with the strap configurator on Camille Fournet’s luscious website. Choose from 16 types of leather in 57 colours, customise the width and even dictate the shape of the holes, then place your order. All orders, whether bespoke or readymade in design, are carried out at the brand’s leather goods workshops in Tergnier in Northern France, though its very first workshop was established on the rue Vauban in SaintQuentin, Picardy, in 1945. www.camillefournet.com 02 HUGHES LOW On our own shores is Hughes Low, who learnt leatherworking at Ecole Gregoire-Ferrandi, a Parisian training school whose alumni include Hermes artisans. Low makes various small leather goods, from cardholders to bi-fold wallets, but watch straps are his bestsellers. And that’s because he takes no shortcuts. There are no paper or cardboard fillers, just 100 per cent leather. The thread he uses is spun by Fil au Chinois, while most of his leather comes from a local tannery – both of which supply to Hermes. www.instagram.com/hughes_ handcrafted 04 THE STRAP SMITH Fancy a little novelty for your everyday watch? The Strap Smith has got you covered with a range of unusual themes that use materials from vintage backpacks, footballs and even sports shoes, to name a few. The man behind it, Rob Montana, is the son of a leathercraft instructor and also has a passion for vintage straps (check out those he made using ammo pouches from World War I). Jay Leno counts as one of his many celebrity fans. Custom orders are also available, and all straps are hand-stitched. www.thestrapsmith.com