401 days is how long different takes.....

Ethos

When we set out to design our range of camera straps, we really wanted to create something that we didn’t currently see available elsewhere, something unique and something backed by big provenance. It would have been quick and easy to use standard high-end leathers from a merchant like most do. It would have been quick and easy to use leather dyed in a drum at the tannery, colours that anyone can use. It would even have been simple to import low-cost hides to churn out average.

A Cruick strap aims to be as individual in style as each photographer that will wear one. They’re not quick, easy, simple or cheap to make and they’re very British, they’re not like the rest. 

Cruick Luxus Pro camera strap in Oak & Umber Brown held in hands over a leather bench.

Process

Once the premium Cornish hides arrive in the workshop after the 366 day tannage at Thomas Ware & Sons, there are a further 21 separate stages over 35 days to complete to make a Cruick strap. We can’t go into each process because there’s some secret sauce to protect, but the work is a combination of yield planning, skiving, hand-dying, hot-stuffing, blade work, punching, embossing, anvil work, hammer work, tooling and brush napping. Aside from the introduction of heat in the finishing and hot-stuffing phase, there is no use of electricity in making a Cruick strap, just simply hand tools, attention to detail and time. 

A collection of leather hand tools and copper rivets used for making Cruick camera straps.

The Result

Unique ultra-premium camera straps that are completely different to the rest:

  • Leather capable of lifetime levels of durability.
  • Bespoke in-house colourway selection.
  • British handmade straps using British heritage materials of extreme provenance.

 

There’s much more to come from Cruick in the weeks and months to come. Check out our debut Luxus Pro strap line and follow us on social media (footer of this page) to be the first two know about our exciting news.