|02-20-2014, 01:46 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Strap Review: Clover Straps "Brown Sugar"
Reviewer: Don aka Tattoo Chef
Strap donated for review
Strap being reviewed: Clover Straps "Brown Sugar"
Clover Straps Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CloverStraps
About Clover Straps:
I'm Patrik, a strap maker from Croatia, founder of Clover Straps, always looking for new designs and ways to make your favorite strap. I didn't like leather straps so about a year ago I tried to make a leather strap that I will like and wear. It turned out great so I made another one and another one… after a while people wanted me to make straps for them. Over the time I created my own style that is somewhat specific and unique. I enjoy making them and I'll continue making them as long as I enjoy it . Please don't hesitate to message or email me if you are interested in one of my straps or have an idea of something you want.
Clover Straps Picasa Links for strap images gallery:
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The brown sugar strap is made from a high quality cowhide leather, that is treated with an oil mixture for color and softness and the black textured leather backing is 90% water and sweat proof. So, not 100% waterproof, but very water resistant. It has open box stitching with a thick waxed thread. Clover logo stamped into the bottom of the strap.
Thickness: 4.2mm at thickest, tapering to 3.5mm
Keepers: 1 large floating
Stiffness: 1-10, a 4
Stitching: black waxed thread
Buckle: no buckle
*buckle shown is not included. I just used for picture purposes. Buckles are included with a strap as long as he has them in the width needed. *
Price: $60 with buckle including shipping. Wood presentation box, $10 extra
Strap pricing depends on leather used, customization, keepers, stitching used, tapering, etc.
As posted above, the price for the wood presentation box is $10. Considering the strap is only $60 shipped, I dont think $10 is bad for a nice little branded box. That is if you have a use for one, as not everybody will. That is why I like that he offers it as an option and not standard...gives you the choice if you want to spend some extra money, or save some money and just get a quality strap.
The wood box is very nice, comes filled with straw where the strap lays safely on it, and the box is branded with the Clover logo, which is even on the the latch to open the box.
Could be a nice box to hold a few straps, or you or your wife could use it for a jewelry box, business card holder, etc.
Thoughts and Impressions:
I really like the name of this strap, Brown Sugar. I think the name suits the color of leather perfectly. Clover Straps said he got this leather in as scrap leather, but liked it so much he made some straps from it. I like the contrast with the black leather backing too, the leather on the backing is tougher(in terms of wearability, not texture as its very smooth)
I have to say, I was surprised to see the quality and detail of craftsmanship for a $60 handmade watch strap. The leather is treated well, very soft and supple. The stitching is up there with makers in a much higher price point, the strap is flexible, but still has a nice firmness to it.
As usual with most custom strap makers you can have them make a strap to suit you. I personally prefer the one large floating keeper as opposed to two, but you can choose whatever you want, and if you want a taper, the color of stitching, etc.
One thing that I really like is the branded clover at the end of the long side of the strap. It of course goes along with the brand name, but it's something different than we normally see. The clover is also stamped onto the back side of the black leather, ever so subtly.
Again, we have a very thick thread used for stitching. This of course is not really appropriate if you were going to put the strap on more of a dressy style watch, but if you are putting on a nice rugged watch like above, or really want match stitching with dial color or markers, this in my opinion is the way to go.
Normally I can always point out some faults or things I would change, but I would have to say this strap is almost underpriced compared to the current market. The holes are clean and centered, even stitching, great leather and very comfortable on the wrist. At $60 shipped, its hard to beat it.
Please make sure to click the Picasa links above if you're interested in Clover Straps to see his other examples of straps.
Thank you for reading, as always I look forward to your comments.
Last edited by Tattoo Chef; 02-21-2014 at 08:01 PM.
|02-21-2014, 04:55 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Las Vegas
There is something about the color of that strap and the black stitching that just look excellent to me, especially with a dark blue dial like that. V cool.
|02-21-2014, 08:28 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New Jersey / Arizona
WOW...first off that Maranez looks good on just about anything. Secondly, that seems like a steal of a strap at that price. Great review and a really nice looking strap.
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|02-23-2014, 10:09 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Nice review, Don!
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|02-23-2014, 07:23 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I've been eying this strap maker and from what I have seen he has some pretty nice designs and they look well made.
That box is really nice and what would make it sweeter is if was about an inch or so longer you could actually use it as a strap storage box and fit a few straps on their sides in it.
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|02-24-2014, 01:35 PM||#12 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hoth, New Jersey, USA
Think it's so cool seeing how nice these straps are getting Don. I'm not really sure how it was years ago, but now it seems that the straps themselves are ridiculously nice, as well as interesting all by themselves. On top of that, they seem to match stride for stride the cool new watches being realeased, but are also able to compliment older watches too. Really is neat. Thanks for the introduction, and also outstanding review !
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