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just some of the tools I use to make my handmade leather watch straps

Welcome to Toshi Straps, bespoke leather watch straps handmade in the South West of England

My leather watch straps are completely handmade – no machines are used in the manufacture of a Toshi Strap. Each strap is cut, sewn and finished individually by hand and made to my customer’s specification using traditional techniques used in the UK by leather workers for centuries. No part of the process is outsourced either – it’s just me and my hand tools working with premium quality leathers to produce the best watch strap possible for you.  I am passionate about making watch straps and I believe my passion and attention to detail is obvious from my work.

Although I am best known for making straps for watches such as Panerai, Rolex, Anonimo, Breitling and U-Boat, my straps are suitable for most watches.

If you are new to the site please take 5 minutes looking at the frequently asked questions page. This should tell you everything you need to know about me and the leather watch straps I make, but if there is anything I haven’t covered please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for visiting.

Some featured straps

Some recent customer feedback

“I can strongly recommend Toshi Straps. I have ordered 3 of those and they are of the highest quality with the hand made feeling. I also like the wide selection of leathers, stitching and buckles”
Markku, Tuusula, Finland
“I thought you’d like to know that I’ve awarded the strap a BBB rating – Beautiful Beyond Belief!! I was quite staggered when the strap arrived and frankly didn’t know whether to put the strap on my watch, buy a better watch, or simply frame the strap and hang it up as a work of art! Wonderful workmanship Rich, and a credit to your skills! Absolutely first rate service and communication, rare in this day and age”
Simon, Gloucestershire, UK
“Just letting you know that I have recieved my strap and I am simply blown away by the quality and craftsmanship of your straps! I never thought a watch strap could be such a joy to look and hold.”
Sam, Sterling, Australia
“The Dakota strap for my Panerai is impeccably made and the leather feels very high quality. Thank you Richard and keep up the great work!”
Harris, New York, USA
“It’s arrived and is absolutely gorgeous! The workmanship shows the pride you take in your craft and I deeply appreciate it in this age of mass production of disposables.”
Tae Woo, Pennsylvania, USA
“Great straps and selection. And great guy to deal with”
David, Cumbria, UK
“Great straps and best customer service I have ever come across by far. I will be ordering more”
Gary, Buckinghamshire, UK
“The straps arrived today and I am thrilled. The leather on the brown strap is so soft and at first I thought the strap was a bit thin but it really makes the zero POP. As for the black, well what can I say – that is just plain awesome. Great stuff. Keep doing what you do.”
Sandor, Illinois, USA
“Strap came this morning and I just put it on. Beautiful strap and compliments the colors of the watch nicely. I’ll be ordering another one from you shortly (will be going with a light brown of some sort for the next one). I can’t stress how happy I am with the strap. I’m glad I listened to you on the strap length, too. Fits my wrist perfectly!”
Jonathan, New Jersey, USA
“Just received the two straps. They are every bit as beautiful and supple as I expected. Thank you for your amazing workmanship.”
San Yuan, California, USA

Some of my recent blog entries

Emerald leather – a sneak preview

By | April 27th, 2016|Categories: in the workshop, products|Tags: |

It may appear from the calm exterior of my website that everything is normal here, and I'm quietly going about my usual routine - but don't be fooled. Ever since I got home from my [...]

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New leathers coming soon

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: in the workshop, products|

When I look for new leathers to use for my watch straps there are several factors I consider. The most important is that it is veg tanned (occasionally I'll take a chrome tanned leather that [...]

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New Gallery Images

By | April 7th, 2016|Categories: customer photos|Tags: , , , , , |

I thought it was about time I updated the gallery, so this morning I've spent a little time going through the photographs that my customers have sent me over the last few weeks after they [...]

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Shell Cordovan leather

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: products|Tags: |

There seems to be a degree of mystery surrounding Shell Cordovan leather in many people's minds. I often get asked what makes it so special, what makes it ideal as a watch strap, and [...]

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