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Cuff strap for Apple Watch puts the heat on Hermès at 20% off [Watch Store]

Feeling rugged and maybe a little bit Roman? Go ahead and swap out the standard strap that comes with your new Apple Watch for something a little more, er, Ben Hur-ish.

The Cuff Strap by Jack Foster fits the bill, and the juxtaposition with the sleek Apple Watch somehow quite high-style. Better yet, it costs just a fraction of what you’ll spend for Hermès’ similar double-buckle leather strap.

And, Jack Foster’s beautiful collection of leather cuffs and bands for Apple Watch are currently 20 percent off at Cult of Mac Watch Store.

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Each Jack Foster strap is made by hand. Here’s the cuff in Black Chromexcel Leather.
Photo: Courtesy of Jack Foster

American craftsmanship at its finest

As unique as the cuff’s design is, it’s got nothing on the location of its manufacturer, Jack Foster. The small leather goods company is tucked away in an abandoned mill in Greenville, South Carolina.

The company’s owner, Matt Crowder, chose his hometown of Greenville as the company’s headquarters because the city was once a large textile producer. Following a deep economic downturn, with many businesses leaving the area, Crowder wanted to bring quality manufacturing back home. With vast experience making saddles, leather products like this Apple Watch strap were a natural choice for Crowder, who hired an additional two tradesmen.

All Jack Foster products are made by hand, with leather sourced close to home. In fact, the famous and long-standing Horween Leather Company in Chicago provides the leather for this particular cuff strap. Chromexcel leather, in particular, takes a laborious 89 separate processes and 28 working days by a highly experienced craftsman to perfect. Bold, refined, and never flat, chromexcel leather moves with you, bringing up tonal contrasts as the band flexes and folds.

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Brand-new to the collection, the Jack Foster Cuff in Dark Cognac Dublin Leather.
Photo: Courtesy of Jack Foster

Customizable Apple Watch cuff

The actual strap can be removed from the cuff and worn on its own, offering two different looks. A center opening on the cuff allows the Apple Watch to maintain contact with one’s wrist, and lets the charger to attach without having to remove the band. Adapter and buckle hardware available come in stainless, rose gold or space gray/black.

The Chromexcel leather is held together with meticulous stitching, and the strap’s underbelly is soft, natural kidskin, which feels comfortable on the wrist.

What’s great about this leather is its feel and appearance over time — bold, refined and never flat. It becomes even softer as it gets broken in.

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The strap’s underbelly is soft, natural kidskin, which feels comfortable on the wrist.
Photo: Courtesy of Jack Foster

Available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple watches, it also comes in Horween English Tan Dublin Leather and Horween Dark Cognac Dublin Leather. For these and other made-to-order straps by Jack Foster, check out Cult of Mac Apple Watch Store.

Price: $157 (regularly $195)

Buy from: Cult of Mac Apple Watch Store

Jack Foster 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.

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Nice band. Worked well. Need to be sure to watch the video on using the tool to adjust the band.

never receive my purchase

I contacted the store but they never replayed to me i don't recommend to buy here!

Sadie, the elder, says .....

Not only is this iWatch such a practical means of holding my watch while charging, it’s a hoot - looks like my original Mac. I love it.

The case doesn’t totally align but it does it’s job. The part that stinks is that it attracts lint and dust because it’s silicone.

Great tidy solution

You know what happens, all your devices need a charger. 2 iPhones, an Apple Watch, iPad and more. My old solution was fast charger with 4 USB outlets plugged in to an outlet in the kitchen. Worked, but not pretty.

Let me start by saying this charger looks great. I got rid of all the other cables and keep this out in the kitchen. Much tidier! Phones charge quickly. Apple watch does too but you to be careful that it goes on right. Also, I have a metal band on mine so I have to close it before I put it on the stand or else it would rest on the screen of the phone below it.