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About C&B

Our Philosophy

Crown & Buckle is a renowned online watch strap store offering custom-styled, high-quality nylon and 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 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 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 Perlon Straps are regarded as one of the best values on the market. A combination of high-class finishing and strong + adjustable stainless steel ladder buckles set our Perlon straps apart.

Each and every strap we make is finished with solid stainless steel buckles and hardware, ensuring durability and corrosion resistance.

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. Since our web site launch in 2011, we have made 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, Acquire), fashion publications (Hypebeast, Complex, Details Network), and countless blog features in the watch and fashion fields (Gear Patrol, Worn & Wound, aBlogToWatch).

As watch enthusiasts through and through, Crown & Buckle proudly supports and sponsors several watch forums and web sites, including Watchuseek, and Worn & Wound. 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.

Veronica - Operations

Veronica is Michigan born, Florida raised, and a true tomboy at heart. More importantly, she is our team foodie: mac & cheese or pineapple pizza don’t stand a chance. After graduating with a B.S. in Marketing and Professional Sales, she immediately relocated to NYC and started her career in custom men’s clothing. That experience developed her passion for small business, which led to her joining our team in Fall '16. When Veronica is not holding down the fort, she can be seen exercising, traveling anywhere cold, spending time with her extremely large family, or searching the web for her future puppy. You are liable to find her awkwardly dancing in the stockroom.

Veronica's taste in watches leans toward large ‘boyish’ styles with a clean, minimalist dial. Her strap of choice is typically a Black Label leather, or a colorful NATO that matches her outfit.

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 - Administration

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.