For many of us, we walk into a boutique and buy a watch strap. How much do we know about the effort going into making the strap. Especially if it is a customized strap like those Jason makes.
Some weeks back, I featured Jason of JnS at his workshop but did not have the time to document the entire process. So I made it back to understand how a strap is made and the amount of time and effort needed to make a customized strap.
Located in Far East Shopping Centre along Orchard Rd (beside Hilton), Jason's workshop is on the 15th Floor. All starts with him taking your order - size of strap, wide, length, type of material, padded or un-padded etc.
After choosing the material, it is down to cutting the material. Jason uses a mould, identifies the area of the material he wants to use and uses a clamp to cut the material. Jason makes the mould in standard sizes for the standard watch strap.
Next up is chewing the thread color. This is where customized straps comes up tops. Other than the normal matching thread color, one can get creative and mix and match. Jason tells me he has had several requests for different material/color combination too.
Every watch strap must also have a backing - and again, customized straps allows you the flexibility of choosing material type and color. So for instance, the front strap could be black alligator and the back could be red alligator. Think a Ferrari chronograph...
After they are pressed and bonded, the straps are cut to size. The original strips are cut bigger to allow for trimming later on. And the wastage is rather high for customized hand made straps unlike the machine made ones.
Then the stitching starts. Threading the needle is no easy feat but Jason did it without any aid. Using a giant leg clamp to hold the straps together, the stitching starts. Hand stitching is more lasting. Even while one part of the stitch tears for whatever reasons, the other stitches will still hold the strap. With commercial generic straps which are machine stitched, once the stitch tears in one place, the entire stitch will come apart as the thread is one single continuous stitch.
JnS Hand Crafted
545 Orchard Road, #02-23 Far East Shopping Centre, Singapore 238882
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm-6pm, Sat 11am-3pm. Alternate timing by appointment only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org