How a hand-sewn alligator strap is made

Friday, June 16th 2017
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This video, just completed by Charlie at Equus Leather, is a wonderfully expressive demonstration of leatherwork. 

I particularly like the sound detail - that sinewy scrape of knife cutting through alligator skin.

Watch the full 10 minutes and then tell me you don't want to invest in some hand-sewn leather piece or other.

You can see Charlie's earlier video, showing the making of a wallet, here.

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Enjoyed this thoroughly. Loved the attention to detail, and the scraping sound.


what a great delight to watch a master craftsman at work! Thank you!

Kev Fidler

It is actually wonderful to watch someone with a skill create something beautiful. And you are right, I have for sometime been skirting around having a new watchstrap made, seeing and listening to that video has made me decide. The bridle leather one on his site is wonderful.


I saw on the Huntsman store front the other day that they sell “cloth by the meter”. Does Huntsman actually sell their vintage cloth to non-customers?


Any clue about the cost per meter? Around 100GBP?


A wonderful video, as was the earlier one. Craftsmanship underpins all the creations on this website and it is a privilege to see a skilled craftsman at work.


For me, this is what permanent style is all about.
I’ve commissioned two pieces from Charlie and they are beyond good.
I replaced a beloved wallet that my new dog chewed (seriously) with a hip wallet that he did to my specification. It cost about £900 and it is the most beautiful, well made leather piece I’ve ever owned. Hermes and Berluti eat your heart out – you aren’t even at the races when it comes to this guy.
In the strength of that I ordered a belt which is also excellent.
A word to the wise. It’s well worth phoning him to discuss preferences and don’t expect anything to happen quick – their lead times are theoretical.
That said, can’t recommend Charlie highly enough. He offers the ultimate in quality. Next time I need a watch strap it will be from him.

Nick Inkster

A great video which demonstrates amply that there is no substitute for craft.

I have a couple of Equus belts and they really are lovely.

Could this be the start of a series? Watching video beats words……..Milanese, hand padding, placing a collar……


Here, here!
Love this video!


Wow! Time to dump the iWatch! Or perhaps they do iWatch bands??


Anyone who can make something similar you’d recommend with a shop in London? I’d like to have saddle stitched watch straps made but it’s not something I’d want to do over the internet…