Both of our original Vintage Highley and V-stitch Distressed Leather watch straps from WatchGecko are of exceptional quality and hugely popular. They are both more than justified in their placing as one of our best sellers. The strap styles are timeless and gives all models, particularly tool watches, a high-end adventure look with a distinctly dual-purpose dress angle.
The current leather strap uses certified vegetable-tanned, full-grain Italian sourced material, however, as a mindful and forward-thinking company we recognise that genuine leather does not always fit in with contemporary lifestyles.
To address this the Watchgecko Vegan range was launched a few years ago with our SEAQUAL® strap. Made from ocean waste it is aimed at watch owners who like the look of leather but do not want to wear the material itself. Taking this concept as inspiration we set about the task of re-creating a Highley strap compatible with a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Introducing the Vintage Highley Italian Vegan Leather Watch Strap and the V-Stitch Vegan Italian Leather Watch Strap; how do we make them?
WatchGecko Highley & V-Stitch Vegan Strap Range. Image Credit: WatchGecko
Both the fashion and watch industries are increasingly turning to vegan leather made from plants. To create the new Vegan watch straps we have employed a unique product made from waste material derived from the apple industry. Left over material from the juicing process such as peels, cores, pulp are carefully dried and formed into a type of canvas. This incredibly versatile and eco-friendly product can be fashioned with a grain texture to replicate traditional leather or a smooth feel to give the impression of a high-end soft leather strap.
The ability to create different textures of material has also allowed us to manufacture realistic upper and lower parts for the strap producing an even more convincing watch strap which is fully vegan compatible.
The Vintage Highley Italian Vegan Leather Watch Strap Specifications:
We have no doubt the Vintage Highley Vegan Italian Leather watch strap will prove to be as versatile as the original. It is available in five colours and offers a textured option. The Vegan Highley can be purchased in either 20mm (tapering to 16mm at the clasp) and 22mm lug widths (tapering to 18mm at the clasp). The strap is padded and ranges from 6mm in thickness to 2.5mm at the leading edges. The stitching is in an attractive off white and the two-piece strap lengths are 120mm and 80mm respectively. The unique Vegan Highley strap is available on from WatchGecko and is priced at £48. Click here to see the full range.
WatchGecko Vintage Highley Italian Vegan Leather Watch Strap. Image Credit: WatchGecko
WatchGecko Vintage Highley Italian Vegan Textured Leather Watch Strap. Image Credit: WatchGecko
The Vegan V-Stitch Italian Leather Watch Strap Specifications:
The Vegan V-stitch watch strap is of exceptional quality and we have no doubt that it’ll give our Vegan Highley strap fierce competition as one of our best-sellers. Available in five colours and offering a textured option. The Vegan V-stitch can be purchased in either 20mm (tapering to 16mm at the clasp) and 22mm lug widths (tapering to 18mm at the clasp). It is a thickly padded strap at 3.5mm with attractive off-white stitching. The two-piece strap lengths are 120mm and 80mm respectively. The V-Stitch watch strap is available on from WatchGecko and is priced at £48. Click here to see the full range.
WatchGecko V-Stitch Vegan Italian Leather Watch Strap. Image Credit: WatchGecko
WatchGecko V-Stitch Vegan Italian Textured Leather Watch Strap. Image Credit: WatchGecko