THE NATURAL SADDLE, IMPART YOUR OWN COLORS
All straps are made in the same general way - the leather is dyed, then processed, crafted and stitched into a strap.
The color of the strap comes from the dye stage, and I usually choose a slightly lighter color than what I expect it to respond well to aging.
However there is one strap that does not go through the dye process, and that is the natural saddle strap.
The natural saddle strap is a calf strap that has not been dyed. Hence, it responds extremely well to any sort of aging- water, sweat, oils, etc.
Photo credit - Louis Vuitton
Photo credit - Lepper
It is a strap of the purest form; we can view straps that have already been dyed in a dark brown color like the tan calf strap and dark brown strap to have been 'accelerated'.
In contrast, the saddle strap lets you achieve those dyes by entirely natural means. This process rewards you with a much richer, detailed color than the dyed straps. Hence, the saddle strap is preferred by strap purists who love attaining a special color only available through aging.
It is perhaps one of the very few instances where the adage to 'impart your own color' fits perfectly; you physically impart it a unique color through aging it with your wrist.
If you enjoy the process more than the immediate result, this strap certainly deserves your consideration.