The RIOS1931 Shell Cordovan is a simple, beautiful strap made out of one of the most incredible leathers available. Featuring RIOS's "Art Manuel" construction, each strap is the culmination of 172 steps including saddle-stitching by hand and five layers of paint on heat treated, sanded edges. Shell Cordovan leather is used for the top leathers. This equine leather is made in small batches, and takes months of tanning and preparation. It's uniquely resilient to wear and has a natural gloss.
Founded in 1931 by watchmaker Riemer Oswald, RIOS1931 is a German-based brand that is independent and family owned. With a wide variety of straps in a range of materials, what sets them apart is a focus on handcraft and traditional techniques. Their straps employ processes with over 100 steps for exceptional detailing and durability. Yet, despite the labor intensive method in which they are made, RIOS1931 straps are surprisingly affordable.