About C&B

Our Philosophy

Crown & Buckle is a renowned online watch strap store offering custom-styled, high-quality nylon and genuine leather straps at a reasonable price point. At Crown & Buckle, we abide by the philosophy that greatness is in the details. This belief seeps into everything we do - from the wide collection of styles we offer and the hand picked leathers we use, to how we stitch each thread and treat each customer. Our obsession to detail — and stance against mediocrity — is what makes Crown & Buckle who we are.


Our Straps

The collection of straps you'll find on our site are chosen, designed and made to make your wrist wonder, "Where have you been all my life?" Our straps are like our friends. Carefully picked. Non-pretentious. Stylish. Never mass produced. Always high-caliber.

Our Black Label Collection combines the world's finest materials with the spirit of handmade tradition. Black Label is our iconic mark of quality, achieving a world-class collection with an exceptional value.

Our Leather Straps are made using authentic English, Italian, and American cow and calf leathers and are offered in on-trend styles as well as timeless designs.

Our Nylon NATO Straps feature strong and resilient waterproof ballistic nylon webbing, which remains extremely comfortable and supple on the wrist. Various solid colors and patterns make these fun to collect.

Our American Made Collection is hand crafted in our South Florida facility using leather from legendary Horween Leather Company, a century-old tannery in Chicago, IL.

Our Collaborative Straps are special projects with like-minded brands whom we personally identify with. These projects are always done in limited quantities to ensure attention to detail and exclusivity for the proud owners.

All of our straps are finished with durable 304L stainless steel hardware & buckles.


Company History

The concept for Crown & Buckle was developed in late 2010, when Thomas Lathrop set out to combine his passions of watches and entrepreneurship. Determined to create a brand that people are proud to wear, represent, and share, Thomas pioneered a watch strap shopping experience which brought buying a strap beyond a faceless transaction. We make personal service a priority, and pride in our work is an absolute must.

In the summer of 2013, we moved into a 1,500ft/2 office and warehouse facility in Palm Beach, Florida. Having outgrown that space, we moved again in early 2016 to a 3,500ft/2 facility. This location houses our staff, inventory, photography studio, and manufacturing for our in-house produced straps. Crown & Buckle does all order fulfillment in-house to ensure the highest control and accuracy.

Crown & Buckle has received much mainstream media attention over the years, ranging from watch publications (International Watch, Bloomberg Pursuits), fashion publications (Hypebeast, Details Network), and countless blog features in the watch and fashion fields.

As watch enthusiasts through and through, Crown & Buckle proudly supports and sponsors several watch forums and web sites, including Watchuseek, Worn & Wound, and Panerai Source. Be sure to check them out.


Our Team

Thomas - Owner/Founder

A Floridian through-and-through, Thomas grew up on the Gulf coast before settling on the Atlantic side. From an early age, he knew that his passion for entrepreneurship was his calling, which led him to pursue a university degree in small business. By starting his career at a local men’s fashion boutique, he was able to hone in on what it took to run a successful business.

Here at C&B, Thomas wears many hats. He’s not only responsible for driving our company culture and creating an exceptional experience for our customers, but he is the mastermind and developer behind our website. When not leading the company, Thomas can be seen working on or racing his vintage track car, cycling (on or off road), shooting photos, and of course, enjoying watches.

His interest for watches began in high school, and later became an obsession after a friend helped him research and purchase a vintage dress watch for a special occasion. These days, his collection has gravitated to chronographs and sport watches, both modern and vintage. You'll usually find him wearing a brown leather strap or a NATO that has had the second layer snipped off.



Jeff - Strategy

Jeff comes from a long lineage of ‘Idea Men’ who possess a unique taste for innovation and originality. Before joining C&B in 2015, Jeff's varied background included small business consulting, being a musician, and technical recruiting in NYC for a large corporation. When he’s not analyzing data or formulating creative solutions, he can be seen cruising in his beloved modified truck, tinkering with anything broken, traveling, or taste testing new bourbons.

Simple and clean design is the first thing that defines Jeff's taste in watches. His go-to watch and strap are his Nomos Orion 38 paired with an olive leather Black Label strap.



Taffney - Operations

Taffney hails from the ‘burbs of the windy city of Chicago, and is darn proud of it. Yes, deep dish pizza from Gino’s East and the Green Bay Packers (long story) are cherished near and dear to her heart. After graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education, she started her career teaching grades K-3, but we talked her into joining our team in 2013. With her Type A personality, she keeps the team on track and organized and is the only member to be caught sporting a sweater in the heat of summer. Away from her list making, Taffney can be found traveling around the world, exercising, adoring her cats (Bosco and Gracie), or buried in a good romance novel.

When it comes to watches, Taffney loves minimalist dials. You will always find her wearing a classic grey leather strap paired with her Bauhaus Stowa or vintage Tudor.



Amy - Production

Amy originates from the Denver area and can always be found with a cheerful demeanor. Fun fact, she has an identical twin sister and may or may not be guilty of pulling a ‘twin switch’ once or twice in her life... She joined our team in the summer of 2014 when we started our in-house strap production, and boy does she play a critical role. Amy meticulously hand stitches and finishes each strap we produce in-house. Her seamstress skills began as a hobby, but have blossomed into a side-business in tailoring and alterations. Outside of being a master craftswoman, Amy can be found running after her two young boys, exercising, or sipping on a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Serious, she lives off this stuff.

Amy can usually be found with a fitness tracker on her wrist, but when she does don a watch, it’s sure to be on the large side and paired with a simple NATO strap.



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