We recently got an email from 47 Ronin, a manufacturer of bespoke straps. Their designs really made us sit up and take notice.
47 Ronin Watch Straps – About the Brand
47Ronin 浪人 Watch Straps are designed and handcrafted piece by piece with exotic materials from Japan. They make their straps from all sorts of materials other than the usual leather, including Kimono fabric, Japanese print, and other materials from various parts of Japan. Each watch strap is designed and handcrafted by Tong, a Singaporean business consultant turned craftsman, who also has a very special relationship with Japan.
What is 47 Ronin 浪人？
Ronin is a free-roaming Samurai without a master. It is a historical story from over 300 years ago in Japan, where 47 Ronins showed great courage and loyalty by taking revenge for the injustice execution of their late master Daimyo. Their Samurai spirit or Bushido is well remembered and celebrated by the Japanese.
The craftsman’s spirit has been passed down for generations in Japan. The philosophy of providing the best quality for customers, pursuing perfection, and continuously polishing one’s skill is respected and admired by the brand’s founder. However, due to decrease in domestic demand and absence of a younger generation taking up the trade, traditional crafts are fast disappearing. The brand’s owner decided to do something about that.
47 Ronin Watch Straps
We haven’t tried their straps, and so this is not a watch strap review; however, it was the unique designs and craftsmanship that caught our eye. There are plenty of places to go if you want a daily-wearer watch strap, but for something a little more out of the ordinary, there is precious little choice. As well as their standard straps, the brand also offers a custom strap service (at a higher cost and at the expense of delivery time).
47 Ronin – Video Interview
Buy a 47 Ronin Strap
47 Ronin sells custom watch srtaps online at https://47ronin.co/
You can see lots of photographs of their watch straps at the brand’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/47ronin_watchstraps/