Our Story

Text by Vincent Wronski – Co-founder of BandWerk

Our Story

Text by Vincent Wronski – Co-Founder of BandWerk

The story of BandWerk begins in April 2015 in a lecture hall of the University of Munich, Germany. The content of the lecture - if I remember correctly on the subject of geophysical data analysis - was irrelevant at this moment.

The first generation of the Apple Watch celebrated its official market launch in the Apple online store and it was clear to me that I had to be quick in order to be able to hold it in my hands at the start of sales. I quickly decided on the right case (aluminum, 42 mm), but the choice of the strap was less easy for me. It should be a leather strap, but the simple genuine leather band from Apple was supposed to cost a proud $ 169 back then, that was too much for me.

I had been enthusiastic about mechanical watches since my school days, and by now I owned a modest collection of various vintage watches, all with high-quality leather straps from German manufacturers.

That was exactly what I would need for my new Apple Watch.


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The Idea

The Idea

Over the next few days, the idea stuck with me, and the thought that I was probably not the only Apple Watch owner who wanted a high-quality leather strap for it seemed obvious.

The months that followed went by in a flash: I found a local partner who supported me in producing the first straps, set up a simple webshop, and officially presented the first watch bands in November 2015.

First Steps

First Steps

The first success wasn't long in coming: The german industry blog iPhone Ticker mentioned BandWerk in an article and the first real orders came in. An incredible feeling!

The initial euphoria didn't last too long, however, because the harsh reality of running an e-commerce business quickly caught up with me. Unfortunately, it business doesn't just consist working on cool and exciting products and their presentation, but there is also a lot of accounting, taxes, negotiations and sales involved. All things, that I had no idea about.

BandWerk becomes a real Company

BandWerk becomes a real Company

So I urgently needed support. I got to know Jonas through our mutual friend Kevin (who until then had occasionally helped me out in production and is now in charge of BandWerk sales), who, through his studies in business administration, brought exactly the components with him that I was still missing.

Jonas helped me to turn my hobby project into a real company, took care of all bureaucratic things and supported me in finding great people to build an amazing team.

Our Innovations

Our Innovations

The next major success came a little later with the presentation of our first special edition Ferry Porsche. The metallic blue watch band made from the leather of a 1974 Porsche 911, delighted customers all over the world.

Other special editions should follow soon, all of which were created in collaboration with Boris Pankiewicz's car upholstery. Boris has been a constant at BandWerk for over three years now and we can always rely on him.

Expanding the Product Range

Expanding the Product Range

Since 2020, BandWerk doesn't only stand for premium watch straps: Our portfolio now includes iPhone cases, MagSafe wallets, AirPods cases and much more. All products made from high-quality materials that are produced in Germany and Italy to the highest standards.

Our affinity for Apple products remains the focus. With our accessories we combine elaborate European craftsmanship with innovative products from California.


Now, after six years, our team has grown to over 10 people. A team that works hard together to combine German craft culture with innovative and modern products.

So that you can enjoy it for a long time, we create tech accessories that last longer than the product for which they are intended. For example, if you decide to buy a new Apple Watch, we will be happy to change the clasp and adapter on your strap free of charge so that it still fits the case of your new watch. We are convinced that we can create a culture in which leather products are cherished and cared for and the material is respected. Because BandWerk does not stand for fast fashion or short fads, but for the appreciation of unique resources.

We look back with pride on the past six years and what we have created so far, and we will set ourselves at least the same standards for the years to come. We have ambitious goals and hope to continue to convince you in the future with innovations and attention to detail.