Anyone listening to Tenn & Two for some time or following us on our Instagram pages will know of our obsession with watch straps. We discuss countlessly our love for the way a new strap can totally change the appearance of a watch and how it can be worn. It is in this spirit that we are pleased to see UK based Fears Watches introducing a new line of watch straps made in wool. This launch of their new straps coincides with Wool Week and is supported by the Campaign for Wool, a coalition to educate consumers on the benefits of wool and to support and grow the wool industry. Fears has taken the idea of “shop local” to a new height, sourcing the wool for their new straps from Romney sheep who graze just a few miles from the Fears Headquarters and is considered to be one of the finer wool breeds. A quick trip to their website and you’ll notice that all of their timepieces are designed to be worn by anyone, and this new selection of straps is no different. Available in two lengths and modeled by both men and women, we are loving that Fears continues to push away gender exclusion in their collections.
A bit about Fears Watches as many of our listeners may not be aware of the unique history this brand offers. Established originally in 1846 and then re-established in 2016, the Fears Watch Company is one of Britain’s oldest family run watch companies. Nicholas Bowman-Scargill is the great-great-great-grandson of the brand’s founder and has done a phenomenal job at revitalizing this family business. Fears centers their timepieces around two collections, the Brunswick and the Redcliff, both names being sentimental to the brand’s legacy. We first learned of Fears through a podcast done by our good friends over at Scottish Watches where 4th Managing Director Nicholas explains the history behind the brand as well as his own experiences. He recently followed that up with a second interview and we highly encourage you to check them both out.
Fears’ Romney Marsh Wool Strap Specifics
Size: 20mm lug width tapering to 16mm at buckle
Available in two lengths Standard and Short
Hardware: Stainless steel with Fears Pipette engraving
Material: Romney Sheep Wool sourced from Kent, England
Available in three color ways: Blackthorn, Marsh Fern, and Tawny
Lining: Vegetable tanned calf leather in signature Fears blue
Price: £125 inc. VAT
We are incredibly excited to be meeting Nicholas from Fears here in Nashville in the near future and look forward to seeing these straps in person. Until then, here’s some more information from the official press release sent out by Fears:
Fears Watches is delighted to announce a new range of Wool Straps created with local Romney Marsh Wools. The launch of the new watch straps, occurring during the annual Wool Week, is supported by The Campaign for Wool.
The three new straps join Fears’ premium range of handmade watch straps and feature a contemporary stripe pattern woven in Britain from the natural fleece colours. The wool comes from Romney sheep who graze only 16 miles from the Fears headquarters in Canterbury, Kent. The Romney sheep fleece is considered to be one of the finer British Wool Breeds making it ideal for watch straps. Wools natural elastic, hard-wearing properties mean that the straps maintain their appearance in the longer-term whist also being both stain and odour-resistant.
Romney Marsh Wools, who raise and breed the Romney sheep, are 6th generation farmers who have been working on Romney Marsh since 1882. Their heritage resonates with Fears who are also run today by the 6th generation. Both businesses share a passion for making high quality products that are designed and made to be long lasting.
Commenting on the launch of the Wool Straps, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, (4th) Managing Director of the Fears Watch Company says, “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with a local Kent business. When I was first introduced to Kristina at Romney Marsh Wools, I immediately realised that we had a shared ambition to make beautiful, quality items that can be enjoyed now and by future generations. What’s been so enjoyable with creating the Wool Straps is making a product from a traditional material but with a contemporary look and feel. It’s been especially pleasing that The Campaign for Wool have chosen to support our launch recognising the use of British wool in our new watch straps.”
Commenting on working with Fears to create the Wool Straps, Kristina Boulden, Director at Romney Marsh Wools says, “We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with such a local business who has such a wonderful heritage and high-end collection. The idea of being able to create a wool strap made with our wool seemed like such a wonderful concept as wool is such a natural, sustainable and versatile material. The backing of The Campaign for Wool is such an accolade to the beautiful straps Fears Watch Company have created.”
Commenting on Fears and Romney Marsh Wools working together on the Wool Straps, Peter Ackroyd MBE, COO, The Campaign for Wool says, “The collaboration between FEARS and Romeny Marsh Wool illustrates just how diverse and wonderful wool is as a fibre. We continue to see new and fascinating applications of wool created every day, and these new and innovative products show that the Campaign for Wool’s message continues to resonate with consumers.”
The Fears Wool Straps will retail for £125 inc. VAT each and are available in two sizes from the Fears online boutique today. They are designed to fit all current Fears watches from the Brunswick and Redcliff collections as well as all watches with a 20mm lug width.
More information about the Fears Wool Straps can be found at http://www.fearswatches.com/woolstraps.
More information about Romney Marsh Wools can be found at https://www.romneymarshwools.co.uk/.
More information about The Campaign for Wool and Wool Week can be found at http://www.campaignforwool.org/.