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A new Twist on a Classic Watchband- Mystery Braid Button Stud
A new Twist on a Classic Watchband- Mystery Braid Button Stud
A new Twist on a Classic Watchband- Mystery Braid Button Stud
34 backers pledged $1,166 to help bring this project to life.

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Mystery Braid Leather Button-Stud Watch Band

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Button Stud watch bands are a classic: 

Our button stud watch bands are comfortable, simple and stylish, they don't get in the way or rub your wrist when working at a desk or keyboard.

5-Strand Mystery Braid in Action
5-Strand Mystery Braid in Action

 

The mystery braid is a traditional technique to make a braid out of one piece of leather without cutting the ends.  

We've mixed these two concepts into a 5-strand braided Watch Band that's stylish and unique.

We use high quality USA tanned leathers from both the world famous Horween Tannery in Chicago and SB Foot Tannery (Redwing's in-house tannery).  

The Leathers we use:

*Horween

World-Famous Chicago tannery makes some of the highest quality leathers available.  Chromexcel is their signature pull-up leather.  Essex is Horween's fully vegetable tanned offering. 

Horween Leather Colors
Horween Leather Colors

A.  Regatta Blue Essex 

B.  Deep Brown Essex

C. Brown Chromexcel

D. Bright Orange Essex

E. Austin Pecan

F. Natural Chromexcel 

*SB Foot

SB Foot is the in-house tannery for Redwing Shoes, they make some great-looking rugged leathers. The leathers selected here have a matte almost nubuck finish.  The exception is the Copper Rough and Tough which is a "Crazy-Horse" pullup leather, it changes color when handled due to the oils and waxes it has inside. 

SB Foot Leather Colors
SB Foot Leather Colors

G. Tan Hot Pocket

H. Black Yukon

I. Desert Sand

J. Olive Hot Pocket

K. Coffee Bean Cascade

L. Copper Rough and Tough

Hardware: 

We like the solid brass Stud but you'll have the choice of Solid brass, Nickel or Black.

Button Stud Colors
Button Stud Colors

Sizing: 

We offer a Standard size and an XL Size for bigger wrists.  If you have a really small wrist and would like an extra hole or two on the standard size just let me know. 

2 Sizes Available: Standard & XL
2 Sizes Available: Standard & XL

How to use your band: 

This band works like a standard Nato or Zulu band but you won't be able to snake the entire strap between the bars like on a nylon band. 

If you want to wear it on your left hand, remove the stud, snake the band between the bars starting at Twelve O'clock. Put the stud back in the hole that fits you, and you're done.  You'll want the stud as close to the watch face as possible (almost beside it) if you see more than one hole between the face and the button, it's not close enough.  This way the stud stays out of the way and you get maximum comfort. 

Rewards:

 

Free Pouch Included With 2 Watch Bands or More
Free Pouch Included With 2 Watch Bands or More

 

1 Watch Band Reward
1 Watch Band Reward

 

2 Watch Bands Reward (Free Pouch Included)
2 Watch Bands Reward (Free Pouch Included)

 

 

4 Watch Bands Reward (Free Pouch Included)
4 Watch Bands Reward (Free Pouch Included)

 

1 Watch band & 1 wallet up to $65.00 Value (Free Large Pouch Included)
1 Watch band & 1 wallet up to $65.00 Value (Free Large Pouch Included)

 Check our website www.nstarleather.com to pick your wallet (although not pictured, we can make wallets in any of the leathers we're using for the watch bands. 

15 Bands Reward  (Free Large Pouch included)
15 Bands Reward (Free Large Pouch included)

New Add-On Available!  Did you get in on the "single band early bird", but want more than one?  Now available for all rewards levels:  Add another band (or bands) for $14 each (no extra shipping cost). 

How to do the add-on:

1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project’s page.

2. Increase your pledge by the amount by $14 for each band you want to add.

3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.

4.At the end of the campaign we'll send you a survey and you can let us know if you added a band and which bands you'd like.

Stretch Goals:

We've decided to be flexible with these goal, please message me and let me know which width to add first as we hit out goals!

Stretch Goal Widths.  Hand-cut Prototypes
Stretch Goal Widths. Hand-cut Prototypes

 I'm making these stretch goals variable depending on comments on which we should make first.

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  • 14mm 3-Strand Braided Button Stud Band 
  • 16mm 3-Strand Braided Button Stud Band (Ideal for the Weekender Mini or Women's Watches)
  • 18mm Braided Button Stud Band
  • 22mm Braided Button Stud Band
  • 24mm Braided Button Stud Band
  • 26mm Braided 7-strand Button Stud band

Risks and challenges

We've been making leather goods since 1969. The leathers for this project are on our shelves just waiting to be cut and braided. We love the design and we hope you do as well, once funded, there isn't a chance we can't deliver!

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    Early Bird One Braided Watch Band

    One Braided Button-Stud Watch band

    *Your Choice of Leathers
    *You Save $10
    *Free Shipping in USA
    *$5 Shipping Anywhere in the World

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    One Braided Button-Stud Watch Band

    One Braided Button-Stud Watch Band.
    *Your Choice Of Leathers
    *You Save $7
    *Free Shipping in USA
    *$5 Shipping Anywhere in the World

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    Early Bird Double Deal

    2 Braided Button-stud Watch Bands
    *Choose 2 Leathers
    *Medium Leather Pouch Included ($5 VALUE)
    *You Save $26
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    *$5 Shipping Anywhere in the World

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    Double Deal

    2 Braided Button-stud Watch Bands
    *Choose 2 Leathers
    *Medium Leather Pouch Included ($5 VALUE)
    *You Save $21
    *Free Shipping in USA
    *$5 Shipping Anywhere in the World

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    4 Braided Button-Stud Watch Bands

    4 Braided Button-Stud Watch Bands
    *Your Choice Of Leathers
    *Medium Leather Pouch Included ($5 VALUE)
    *You save $47
    *Free Shipping in USA
    *$7 Shipping Anywhere in the World

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    • Medium Leather Pouch
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    One Braided Watch Band and a Wallet

    One Braided Watch Band and any one of our wallets (value up to $65).
    *Large Leather Pouch Included ($10 VALUE)

    *Check our website www.nstarleather.com for wallet styles.
    We have a wide variety of Money Clips, Bifolds and Trifolds.

    Includes:
    • Braided Button-Stud 20mm Watch Band, choose any of our leathers
    • One North Star Leather Wallet (Retail Value up to $65)
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    Go Braided Watch Band Crazy!

    15 Braided Button-Stud Watch bands - only $10 each.
    Awesome for changing it up!
    (if stretch goals are reached you can select other widths).

    One of each Leather (13) plus pick 2 more from the same colors or let us surprise you with new ones.
    *Large Leather Pouch Included ($10 VALUE)
    Free shipping in the USA.
    $15 Worldwide.

    Includes:
    • 15× Braided Button-Stud 20mm Watch Band, choose any of our leathers
    • Large Leather Pouch
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