KIRK HAMMETT GUITAR STRAPS
San Francisco-born Kirk Hammett has been playing the guitar since 1977. Influenced by musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Michael Schenker, and Ulrich Roth, Kirk’s sound is both unique and distinctive in its own right. Since 1983, Kirk has been the lead guitar player of the band Metallica.
Also a San Francisco native, Era Balestrieri was the apprentice of leather “Maestro” Ferruccio Serafini in Rome, Italy, for nearly ten years. Her work has been featured in the NY Times Style Magazine, Elle, WWD, The LUXE and Fodor's travel guides to Rome, and Italy’s “La Repubblica” newspaper.
The idea to create a line of guitar straps was born after Era made a strap as a gift for Kirk. He was instantly hooked on the comfort and weightlessness of the leather.
Creating a relevant, well-crafted and responsible product is our goal. We make our straps from the finest quality materials, starting with vegetable-tanned leather. This leather is why these straps will perform well year after year and only get better with time. No azoic colorings, nickel, chrome or harmful chemicals of any kind are used in the tanning process. These properties make them an ideal strap for those with sensitive skin or allergies to chrome-tanned leather. Initially, vegetable-tanned leather will have a stiffer feel than the chemically tanned variety; but with time and wear, this stiffness quickly yields to a soft and supple touch. This tanning process uses a high concentration of natural oils and fats and requires very little maintenance. With average use, a light coating of saddle soap once a year is all that is needed.
All our straps are made using leather from the Santa Croce Sull’ Arno region in Italy. Known for the high-quality process of natural tanning and drum dyeing, this leather is completely biodegradable and is produced responsibly in association with the regulations established by the Vegetable Tanning Consortium of Italy. You can learn more about the benefits and properties of vegetable-tanned leather here.
We also use full-grain hides (not to be confused with top-grain, an inferior quality) which is a natural material where slight grain variations and scratches are inherent. These are signs that the hides were not altered in any way. In fact, they highlight the caliber of a leather unmasked by sanding, varnishing, and waxes.