Our new Pet play range has been launched

We’ve got some great news to share with you all, we have added a new range of products to our website! What’s even more exciting, is that it will allow us to serve a whole new part of the kink community, specifically those into animal roleplay.

We’ve had huge success catering to those of you enjoying the ABDL or more traditional BDSM lifestyles, and now we will be expanding this into Pet play.

Those of you who watch our Instagram feed carefully will already have seen a preview of some of the products we have had in-store for the line.

The first main product will be our Pet play head harness. This will help anyone get into their Pet play persona by adding a muzzle and ears as part of a multifunctional head harness. We’ve been working really hard to give you more flexibility and have followed the theme of our interchangeable gags which allows you to buy one of our products and make modifications to suit different scenes.

With that in mind our head harness is starting out as a pup play item, but we will be offering different ears and muzzles, blindfolds and gags. Specifically, we are catering to those whose persona is a cat/kitten or pony/horse to begin with. But, there’s no reason why you can’t mix and match either to suit your preferences.

Initially, we are offering the harness in beautiful white and black leather, Red and Chocolate Brown saddle leather, however, we will also be launching a vegan alternative and as ever can accommodate most colour requests through our bespoke service.

We are also offering other items as part of the range such as mitts that take away to use of the user’s hands for a more authentic animal experience. Specifically, for our Pup Play range, we will also be offering a chain leash and a new silicon bone gag.

Our Pony Play and Kitten Play ranges will, however, include some items at the launch of our Pet Play range and these are as follows:

Pony Play

 

Kitten Play

  • Our improved design Kitten paddles
  • A new Kitten Play blindfold
  • A new design of cuffs specifically catered to Kitten Play
  • Kitty Play Head Hoods, Some Limited Edition Sets

  

 

In addition to all this, we will also be working on more accessories for our head harnesses; including muzzles for our Pony Play head harness and eventually a tail harness as well.

We hope that you are as excited as we are – keep an eye out on our blog, Twitter and Instagram for more teasers in the near future. Our new range is now available to buy on the website here.

06. March 2018 by SubSpace Leathers
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The rise of the Fetibear

One of the items we get asked about most is our Fetibear range. After-all, how can you not love our cuddly friends who are as kinky as we are?!

The questions we do get asked a lot, is how they came about, so, we thought we’d share with you the story how they came about and more generally share a little more information with you.

Their inception was surprisingly snap of the moment. Whilst walking through a charity shop we picked up a teddy bear, it was a bit of a slow day, but we were feeling in a creative and fun mood, and we always have a lot of scraps of leather lying around the workshop, so we thought we’d decorate the teddy bear a bit, giving him a kinky leather outfit purely for ourselves.

After we’d finishing him, we put an image of ‘Coo’ the bear on Fetlife, and, to our surprise, many people commented asking if we had others, and someone asked if they could purchase Coo. We chuckled a little that anyone would want such an item, but because of the huge response we had, we came up with an apt name ‘Fetibears’ as that’s where they were kind of born, on Fetlife, and decided to create more of them to help use up the remnants of leathers and re-home the teddy bears that were readily available at our local charity shops. Plus we loved the idea of repurposing as we are keen recyclers.

Since their launch, we’ve now rehomed over 40 of our Fetibears around the world. Including in the UK, America, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, France, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Mexico among others!

Alongside the ones we’ve created ourselves, we’ve had commissions to create leather, or vegan friendly outfits for people’s favourite bears that they send to us to dress – which is always an honour and a hugely fun task.

In recent years we’ve even had a bit of fun kinking up the big character bears like Tigger, Pooh, Spiderman, Hello Kitty, Smurfs and more! A lot of the time it’s a spur of the moment decision, we see a bear we like and then visualise the outfit they might wear, taking into account their character, facial expression, pose or colour. To a certain extent, the bear we start with predicts how the finished outfit will look and the name usually also comes to us during this process. We often chuckle when we spot a specific character bear when we can imagine how it’s completed kinkyfication will look.

Many people who buy our Fetibears once they have received them send us images of them settled in their new homes with other stuffies or pets as a new family. We’ve also got a few people who have taken to collecting them and have purchased quite a few from us which is great to see.

As you can imagine, every single bear is totally unique, no two are the same. One thing is for sure though, although we end up decorating many of the famous build-a-bears, we’d be surprised if they wanted to reproduce any of the outfits we create here at SubSpace Leathers.

If you want to see our current range of Fetibears, just click here!

10. February 2018 by SubSpace Leathers
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SubSpaceLeathers 2017 In Review

Welcome to 2018!

2017 is now firmly over, the Christmas decorations are down, and we are all back in the workshop. However, 2017 was an amazing year for us, so we thought we’d write about our year and some of the highlights we’ve had. So here we are, a year in leatherwork, for you all to enjoy.

March – Metallic Leather, Fur

Having got last year started with high hopes, and even higher aims, we spent the first few months devising a great strategy and building up stock so we could focus on creating some fantastic new products for all you kinksters to enjoy. As part of that, we spent time with our amazing leather suppliers, giving us new ideas and new materials to work with. This led to our first new range, Metallics, Fur and we started work on our Vegan friendly range.

 

AprilCreated a Vegan Friendly items for AB/DL and BDSM

With our new ideas taking shape, we were running full steam ahead, and although we have our core focus on leather, more and more of you were asking for Vegan friendly products. It was a huge challenge finding the right materials that still met our high standards, but we did succeed. As such we set to work offering you the best quality Vegan friendly items for all of you into BDSM and indeed AB/DL activities. We were chuffed with the results and we continue to focus on these today – expending it as we go

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May – August – Created Three New Designer Ranges – Commando, Pharaoh and Unicorn

Heading out of spring and into summer meant we had to step things up even further. Our main focus here was on using some of those amazing leathers we mentioned earlier and defining some amazing ranges to go with them. This led us to some of our premium designer rates, Commando (for when you want to look like you mean business), Pharaoh (for those wanting something a big sleeker and suggestive) and Unicorn (because Unicorns, DUH!). We absolutely love these ranges and spent many months perfecting them. I’m sure you’ll agree there’s some great products to enjoy in those ranges.

The summertime also gave us some new ideas, we worked on perfecting our strap-on designs, leading to us creating two new thigh strap designs in addition to the existing Adam and Eve ones.They give the user a different experience and a very different look, and we’re pleased to say you loved them!

June – New equipment

In June we also had some big changes in the workshop with some fantastic new pieces of equipment. As a result we’ve been able to increase the quality of our work and create some products that were impossible before – like our new high fall count floggers!

  

July – also deserves a special mention. Alongside the actives above, we invested in a new custom website and re-designed it to be more user friendly, easy to navigate and most importantly to better reflect who we are. It went live in August, and we could not be more proud.

NovemberTime to stay silent.

Well not literally. In November, heading toward the end of the year, we added to our Gag range, with many new Locking head harnesses, and introduced various multi change gag products for both BDSM and Fetish customers. They give more versatility and allow a lot more customisation. Our AB/DL customer especially have loved these!

 

    

We also managed to source and add a small selection of Dildos compatible with our strap on harnesses to the website – just in-case you wanted to buy the complete strap-on solution ;).

DecemberFetishware launch.

As we came to the end of the year, we upped our game to show you what we can do when it comes to clothing. This resulted in the launch of our brand-spanking-new Fetishware Range including our new spanking skirt designs.

2017 was an amazing year for us, and the best part is that there’s so much more to come in 2018 – as ever, do get in touch to let us know what you’d like to see more of!

11. January 2018 by SubSpace Leathers
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The interchangeable gag

Have you ever been sitting there, loyal submissive at your feet but you just don’t like the look of the ball gag and want to switch to something a little different? It can be a bit of a faff changing them – and what’s more, a pretty costly one at that.

To remedy this situation, and give our customers much more choice, we’ve created a new range of products. They are much more versatile and cost-effective and will be offering them you in leather and VegaVegan-friendly, the eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that some have already been added to the website, including a few of the add-ons that will be available to build up your own custom variants. Think of it, as a ‘build-a-gag service’ ;).

Mix and match ABDL Pacigags

We are also catering to our ABDL customers. We will now be offering three fronts which can be swapped out – the gags can come apart to mix and match pacifier colours which gives a possible 27 colour combinations – more than enough to keep the most discerning ABDL player happy. Some of these are already on our website in both leather and PVC versions, and we’ll be adding blue versions, purple versions and separate add-on pacifier fronts with press stud fasteners to give you even more combinations.

Changeable AB/DL Multi Front Gags

In addition, another option is that you can get a large adult shield/teat pacifier front, a breathable ball gag front, and one of our unique insert gags (for pacifiers or other toys) allowing our customers to build up their collection over time The changeable three front piece gag is already available in four leather colours on the website, and we shall be adding to them with a Vegan-friendly version very soon as well as all the extra add-ons.

  

Although at the moment we’re working mainly on the AB/DL Fetish Leather and vegan-friendly multi-change gags, we haven’t forgotten about our core BDSM and Kinster friendly customers, and have several different new single purpose and multi-change leather and vegan-friendly gags available. There are also a lot more in development so keep checking the gags section of the site here to see our latest creations.

  

As ever, if you have an idea for a gag – or any other product – that you would like but that we haven’t listed, never hesitate to get in touch and we can help you create the product of your dreams through our bespoke service!

 

 

 

 

26. October 2017 by SubSpace Leathers
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When is a paddle not just a paddle?

This might sound like an odd question to ask, but what it illustrates is how varied these implements can be, and how we all have different requirements and sometimes only the right tool will do.

With that in mind, we’ve been spending a lot of time trying to work on some new impact toys that help to meet these needs, and where possible, expand on them. One thing we’ve found, is that for all you masochists and sadists out there, some of our toys might not have ‘hit the mark’ as effectively as you might have liked. Enter our new range of studded paddles.

This new collection is the most hardcore we’ve come up with yet, they use a series of spikes and metal studs to really hit home and make themselves felt.

These impact toys are however not for the faint hearted and this is one of the rare cases we’d advise beginners to perhaps think long and hard before using one of these and even suggest the more experienced take their time and start slow. The spiked paddles in particular can and will do real damage – these toys are not toys so to speak. However, if pain is the game, and you aren’t afraid of a little blood and like marks, these will fit the bill perfectly.

Also, don’t forget that these paddles aren’t just made to inflict damage. On the contrary, if used carefully they can be a sensual addition to any toy box – whether that’s a gentle touch, a scratch or indeed abrasive play. Be it using them by slowly dragging the spikes over your sub’s back or backside, or using them as an incentive for someone who has been partially suspended not to put their heels on the ground 😉. These paddles can be very versatile. Our studded paddles aren’t quite as brutal as our spikes ones but will still leave heavy marks and be very painful too – in-case you were worrying we’d gone soft.

This is also great for mental play as this this will strike the fear of god into someone. This is a big, heavy duty paddle, and don’t forget you don’t have to use the spikey side, just using the standard non-spiked/studded side will do the job.

To check out our range of studded paddles, please click here. Also, as ever, if you have any questions or a bespoke request, feel free to contact us.

20. September 2017 by SubSpace Leathers
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Strap-on to get-off: A beginners guide to the strap-on

It’s fair to say there has been something of a revolution in recent years when it comes to the ‘strap-on’. It feels like we have moved on a long way from the days where they were reserved for pro-Domme’s and high paying customers. Perception of the activity has even moved into mainstream media – who can forget Ryan Reynolds enjoying a bit of fun with Morena Baccarin on International Women’s Day in Deadpool?

Given the enjoyment to be had, and new-found curiosity you might have, that leads us on to one big question: How do you even buy a strap-on? Now this, is a very good question, and a lot of people might do some quick google searches and then be a bit scared off, the choice can be a bit overwhelming. The key, is to go for simplicity.

There are two fundamental requirements, the strap-on harness, and the dildo you want to use. When it comes to the harness, we’d suggest avoiding straps that don’t use thick proper strap to hold it in the place. When you are pegging your partner, you don’t want the harness to either break or cut into your skin – which it might be if it’s too thin. We honestly believe that well-made leather harnesses will give the user a much better experience, with more control and less likelihood of a malfunction that might have painful repercussions for the person being pegged.

As you might expect, we decided to tackle this problem head on by creating our range of four strap-on harnesses. Our ‘Fully adjustable leather strap on harness’, two ‘two size ring design Adam strap on harness’ (one part of our Commando and the other part of our Pharaoh lines) and finally our ‘Maxi design leather strap on’. Any of the harnesses are great for experienced users and the uninitiated, however, we’d suggest the ‘Maxi design leather strap on’ for users that want a lot of control, and our two ring Adam strap on designs for those who expect they’ll want to use many different sized dildos. However, regardless of which you choose, you can specify the sizes, and colours, so it’s just right for your needs. All of our harnesses also use heavy duty welded rings to use to attach your dildo of choice, giving you flexibility to use one you feel most comfortable with.

Strap on harness

Our Maxi design strap on harness

That brings us nicely on to dildos. Although we don’t sell any -yet, we thought it worth giving a few words of advice. First off, if you are inexperienced, work with the person who is going to be pegged when choosing the first dildo you want to use. There are a plethora to choose from, so you will want to focus on those that are flexible (jelly type dildos) and relatively thin. Also, make sure you buy dildos that are designed to be used in a strap-on harness as otherwise, they won’t have the required flared base to enable you to use it in your harness. Also, don’t forget your lube. Lube is vitally important as it will make it more comfortable for the person being pegged – and is dangerous without. Brand worth trying include Liquid Silk and Pjur silicone lube (though if using Pjur make sure your dildo is silicone lube safe)

Follow these steps, and you’ll be having fun in no time at all! If you have any questions about our strap-on harnesses or any of our other products feel free to contact us!

07. September 2017 by SubSpace Leathers
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Unicorn Definition and popularity in the in the BDSM Community and Vanilla world

A short writing about the definition of the term Únicorn’ used in the BDSM/Fetish lifestyle, and about how it seems to be very popular in the Vanilla communities at present, being very fashionable, a trend? and the colours associated with the modern version of Unicorns.

There’s actually very little written online about the association of Unicorns to BDSM, but i managed to find two fairly good descriptive ones to share that I’ve credited, and tons of colourful and bright images on google including a very early history image drawn by famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci of a Unicorn that i found particularly interesting being an art enthusiast!

Leonardo Da Vinci ‘Lady with unicorn (Young woman seated in a landscape with unicorn) Late 1470’s, Brown pen and ink on paper – credit commons.wikemedia.com

Definition 1 of Unicorn related to the BDSM Lifestyle as follows;

There’s a term nearly everybody in the Swinger world, the BDSM world, and the Polyamorous world is familiar with, summarized in one neat, pretty, sparkly mental image of one word: Unicorn.  On the surface it’s a simple term, relating to the mythical creature of lore that is rumored to exist but is nearly impossible to find.  Furthermore, once found, it’s nearly impossible to keep, for after all, nobody can really own a unicorn. (credit absinthepassion.wordpress.com )

Definition 2;

Colloquial; Synonym for hot or Bi babe or HBB, often derogatory, condescending, or ironic. A bisexual person usually though not always female, who is willing to join an existing couple, often with the presumption that this person will date and become sexually involved with both members of that couple, and not demand anything or do anything which might cause problems or inconvenience to that couple.

The term is often used to be dismissive of a couple seen to be only superficially polyamorous. Because of the demands that this type of couple places on the woman (that she be single and not take on any additional partners, and become involved with both members of the couple equally, and often “complete” their family as a surrogate mother and housekeeper and/or breadwinner and not do anything that may threaten or disrupt the existing couple), many in the poly community call this type of woman a ‘Unicorn’, as in mythical and not likely to be found, even though there are plenty of bipoly women around.

Sometimes the unicorn is expected to not develop any emotional attachment and is strictly there for a sexual relationship (equally distributed to both members of the dyad) and/or is prescripted as a secondary. This term is used as a reminder that bipoly women are people with their own desires, needs, and pre-existing lives, and not fantasy figures or pets. (credit Urban dictionary.com).

 

Images and new modern definitions of Unicorns have certainly changed over the course of history from the age old pure white thoroughbred looking specimen of a horse (mostly Mares, female gendered I noticed after looking online at images) with the white flowing mane and central horn on the head often with a bright light seen shining around the profile, to the much more colourful versions of today with the white earlier version being softened and caricatured, with the added colours of the LBGT/Pride Rainbow symbolism added to the mouth or posterior of the Unicorns, along with shiny metallic shades and bright shining stars.

But what has made them so hugely fashionable recently it seems in both the BDSM and Vanilla communities? because everywhere you go these days there’s clear evidence of modern day Unicorns all around us, at BDSM fetish events, markets, and online fetish social media communities, on the local high streets and shopping centres in makeup departments selling rainbow coloured hair chalk, stationery shops advertising ‘Back to school’ Unicorn logo’d products, and Unicorns can even be found lining much rack space in our favorite Primark stores, with PJ’s and bath robes, pants and all things colourful and glittery.

So why are Unicorns so popular right now in both BDSM and Vanilla communities? anyone know? and is there a connection to the two different lifestyles? If you have any answers that might be useful, we’d appreciate any comments to share with those of us asking the very same questions about Unicorns.

 

 

Anyway, still on the very popular global subject of Unicorns, many of our customers have requested that we create some Unicorn coloured leather products, which at first seemed quite the challenge to us, that was until a leather supply shopping trip had us finding the perfect exotic metallic colourful Holographic leather skin that could be used, along with a selection of rainbow coloured leathers we had wanted to purchase to make a lovely Pride flogger;

 

From left to right Unicorn Flogger, Locking Collar with padlock and keys, Binky and holder clip strap, and the Pride 3mm wide flogger.

They can be found on our Website under our new category of Únicorn Designer’ which we shall be adding more products to shortly like our leather Unicorn Restraint cuffs and leash to match the collars.

29. August 2017 by SubSpace Leathers
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Summer Products Update

Phew! So much to catch up on, here goes…

The team at Subspaceleathers have been very busy this summer, creating many new designed products from our Unicorn Holographic leather collars to our Fab and feisty Brat paddle, on top of that we’ve also moved our Website/Online store over to a far better customer and user friendly platform giving it a totally new redesign, with  many more categories and products to browse through.

In July SubSpaceleathers finally managed to find the time to go for their annual Christmas meal, a bit of a running joke now with us, but after a mega busy November and December that rolled into 2017 quickly, and two cancelled scheduled dates for the meal due to illness, we went for an amazing seafood meal in West Mersea ‘The Company Shed’ highly recommended btw, and had a great afternoon in the sun after a delicious meal.

Our whole Restraint Collar section has had a major overhaul, with loads of new fantastic designed collars from our Spiked PVC Vegan Friendly options, to Unicorn, Branded and various 23mm wide leather strap versions now available on the website and at our traders stand for events.

 

A wide and growing range of our popular selling leather, suede, hair on hide and exotic leathers and hard wood handled Floggers have now been added to the website for our online customers, and a bigger range is now also available via our traders stand for London Alternative Market and other events we attend. Our 3mm wide falls floggers are proving a huge success with many colour variations and luxury leathers available to those that require something a little extra special from a standard flogger on the market.Some of the selection of hard wood and exotic wood handles on our floggers are Purple Heart, Macore West African Cherry wood, Zebrano, American Black Walnut, Sepele and Utile hardwoods which add a little extra luxury to some of our floggers.

       

  

And of course we have introduced many re-tweaked or brand new design products to the online store and our stock for trader events. Some examples as follows;

   

Now stocked on our website Limited Edition Belts, Prince and Princess Silver calf leather lined restraint cuffs, Limited Edition Special Pride Pacigags (Sold out) and our Unicorn 3mm Floggers

   

Single and double locking penis gags, Dungeon Italain Black leather cuffs, Nine Spike Design Dungeon Paddles, and Unicorn Binky Holder strap and Large Pacifier.

   

New Design double thigh strap pegging harness, Mantis Design multifunction belt/restraint, Triple gauntlet cuffs, and many textured paddles, a new modular play session belt, and lots of Luxury collars.

 

If that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we also added a new Clearance section to the website and created many massively reduced one off items or sets for both BDSM and ABDL Fetish;

Like some of these below;

 

So this is just a few of our Summer updates to let you all know what we have been doing and working on to bring you all a more comprehensive selection of products from SubSpaceLeathers.

 

29. August 2017 by SubSpace Leathers
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New products for Cosplay and Larping

Did you know that SubspaceLeathers now sell a growing range of Cosplay and LARPING Items on the Website?

Cosplay -(Costume Play) and LARPING – (Live Action Roleplay)

It all started with an unusual but challenging bespoke request usually outside of our remit of leather BDSM and fetish toys and implements many months ago. The request being from a lovely young lady who wanted us to create a costume for her in black and silver leather, a one off and unique ensemble to wear for a special vanilla type occasion that she was attending, but also to used thereafter for possible BDSM/Fetish events, giving her dual usage.

Normally we would have politely declined such a request and suggested that she maybe seek someone in the field of leather couture, which is a totally different area of leather crafting expertise to our own. Nevertheless the team here at SubspaceLeathers mulled over the lady’s inquiry which just so happened to coincide with a visit to a couple of our leather suppliers in London, one of whom just so happens to be very established in supplying the UK and international film and television industries, which helped with sourcing potential leathers for her project.

The bespoke request was that she had her own black leather waistcoat which she wanted to be decorated to match and incorporated into the completed costume if at all possible, along with a simple short wrap around type skirt, matching small bag that could be worn on it’s own with a long strap, or clipped onto the skirt, and a collar/choker. So it seemed quite a tall order for us to fulfill, that was until we came across a very unusual but specific type of textured Black and silver skived effect goat skin (image 1 below) at one of the suppliers. Being experienced leathercrafters and having some very creative people on the team, part of the job entails having to be tactile with the type of products that we produce, so with the request in mind, and searching for possible materials to be able to contemplate creating a special ensemble for the young lady this piece of leather seemed almost destined to be used.

The exterior texture and colours were perfect, the weight of the leather was right for it’s use, and how the skived silver surface hung and flowed when hung vertical and moved around was just what we were looking for to make the skirt part of the costume. Having estimated the correct size of the leather skin required to cover the various pieces of the outfit that we needed, we realised that paired with the black Italian leather that we always use for strapping and the hardware that we already have stocked in the workshop, we knew that we could now make most of the bespoke order. The only challenge that we had left was that there wouldn’t be enough skived silver goatskin leather to incorporate into the bag part of the set request, until Mike vaguely remembered that we had an end part of an exotic single black and silver ostrich foot leather skin (Piece shown on the smaller strap on image 2) left in the workshop that would possibly match nicely to the rest of the set.

Having bought the silver skived goatskin leather piece along with our other stocks of leathers, when we arrived home, unpacked and stored the hides in the workshop, the search then began to find the last remaining piece of the puzzle to solve the bespoke challenge, and although elusive at first it was like a eureka moment when we found it, and it was shown to be an excellent match to go with the goatskin.

Excitedly and with much pleasure we were then able to happily communicate to the young lady telling her that yes indeed we would be able to make her a costume using the leathers that we’d managed to source for it, and discussed at length the design ideas with her to make sure it was what she desired from the end costume.

A little nervous at our first attempt to compose a custom unique costume to wear in silver and black leather, and with the added pressure of making sure that we didn’t damage the ladies leather waistcoat that she’d sent us, we embarked upon a new creation outside of our realms of crafting.

The set was finished, then packaged and shipped to the lady who’d made the bespoke order with us, and nervously we waited for a response……..

There was nothing for us to be nervous of, the lady sent us a glowing , excited and heartfelt response very quickly thanking us for making such a beautiful outfit.

Bespoke Costume Set image above

We have received many requests over the last year from Cosplayers, LARP enthusiasts, and people involved in Viking and other period type live re-enactment that often overlap into the the Fetish communities, who seek good quality real leather and fur one off specialised creations. So as a result of the earlier silver and black leather bespoke order and the confidence it gave us in fulfilling the request, we are now tentatively branching out into more specific and random unique leather/fur and suede Cosplay and Larping products.

These are just a few of the Cosplay/Larping Items we now have on the Website;

If you have a Bespoke request, then please contact us directly and we’d be more than happy to help!

13. August 2017 by SubSpace Leathers
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How to Choose Restraint Cuffs

Some things to consider when purchasing

restraint cuffs;

Design, Colour, Material, Functionality, Hardware, Lining, Quality, Price or Pair V’s Set…

Firstly you need to consider what your going to use them for, be that simply restraining a person to a bed for some light bedroom play, or whether you’ll need them to hold up to heavy play sessions in a dungeon, event or playspace. Because that could make the difference in the quality of cuffs that you purchase. Or if you want to be able to use them on multiple sized persons because the sizing or colour will make a difference.

So with that in mind you need to think of materials and quality of fittings. If your looking for genuine leather then we suggest that you smell the cuff for that unmistakable leather aroma, and if you can see the back of the leather edge then you should be able to tell whether it’s real leather or faux leather with the combined smell quite easily. There is a lot of faux leather restraint cuffs and other items out there which probably wont withstand heavy play sessions over time, they’ll look good but wont perform well. Leather is a natural and clever animal fibrous substance used for many centuries for all manner of hard working everyday jobs, designed to give slightly, but not break when stress is exerted against it, unlike the makeup of faux leather which given enough pressure will simply snap or break and could lead to injury of the wearer.

Take time to ask about or inspect the metal fittings, ask what they’re made from, which again can make a difference for the usage, a thin non welded dee ring is likely to open up with any weight exerted upon it versus a thicker four or five millimeter welded dee which would withstand a far greater force. The wearer may have a metal allergy that you need to be aware of and whether metal will sit against the skin.

Do you want locking buckles versus regular double or single roller buckles? Because a seasoned player may know all the tricks to be able to escape from a regular type buckled cuff, so a locking type will be a better choice.

Think about what the cuff is lined with too, does the wearer have thin boney wrists? Well a Fur lined variety would probably fit better and be more comfortable. Does the wearer have any metal allergies? Then you need to check that no metal parts including rivets will touch the wearer’s skin. Another thing to consider is that if the cuff is leather or faux leather lined will it slip around when being used, will you be able to get a tight enough grip once fastened enough to not cause friction on the wrist or ankle. Always be mindful of anyone your purchasing restraint cuffs for that they haven’t got an old or recent wrist or ankle injury that might be aggravated with wearing cuffs in play. Maybe consider upper arm restraints rather than wrists cuffs if the person has had a broken wrist in the past and they want to protect the wrist in play.

Design of the restraint cuff is important too, do you want one for multiple bondage uses like one of ours where the strap is removeable from the cuff so the other strap can be threaded cross ways to form a pair of cross cuffs? Or do you need a pair to be used for suspension mostly, because you’ll need a specialised pair for that purpose as not all regular cuffs will be comfortable to wear from that position.

The cuffs you want to purchase are they to fit multiple persons you play with or just one person? Because the sizing will make a huge difference if they need to fit from a petite wrist up to a large or extra large wrist. Personally we wouldn’t advise trying to find a cuff to fit the range from an extra small right up to an extra large as you’ll struggle to get a good fit for anyone on the spectrum of sizing.

Once you’ve considered all of the above, then you need to think about the ease of use during a play situation, is it the first time the person who is wearing them has worn restraint cuffs in play? If so then you might want to think about purchasing a velcro fasten design cuff that you can release the person from very quickly if the person becomes distressed or anxious. If your buying a pair for a seasoned player then you might want to consider a double or triple buckle fasten gauntlet pair, or ones with locking buckles! Inspect the cuffs, thread the strap through the buckle to see how easily and quickly it will fasten or not, but bare in mind that new leather in cuffs is a little stiffer before use like breaking in a pair of new boots.

Colour? The standard BDSM colour preference seems to be all black, and a combination of black and red, but we’ve found that many of our customers prefer a wider range of colour choices specifically tones of purple, browns and pastel shades and more unusual colours and print or embossed designs of leather. This is a personal preference that a good stockist of restraint cuffs will be able to offer you and could make the difference in your purchase if you want something artisan bespoke made.

Purchasing a Set of cuffs (Wrist, Ankle, Upper Arms, Thighs set) versus a Pair of wrist cuffs? Be aware of when purchasing a pair of restraint cuffs for wrists as an example that you may want to add to them by getting a pair of ankle or thigh cuffs at a later date when your play partner is more experienced in restraint play. So will you be able to get the same match? Ask the supplier this if only purchasing a pair, or maybe you could contemplate buying a set of four (Wrist/Ankles) six (Wrist/ankle, upper arms) or eight set (Wrist, ankle, upper arms, thighs) to match. Also ask if you wanted to add other items like straps etc to your play kit in future could the seller make them to match if needed.

   

Another thing to maybe ask the trader when buying cuffs is if double ended trigger hooks come with each pair purchased and included in the advertised price.

Our best advise when looking to purchase restraint cuffs is to speak with, message or email the supplier and ask some of these questions, or seek advice from them on which ones would best suit your needs if searching online. If you can get to a traders market, Fair or event where they might be trading at, then touch, feel inspect and try on various types of cuffs and ask questions about them.

SubSpaceLeathers are more than happy to advise on, or answer any of your questions regarding purchasing restraint cuffs or other items including bespoke orders.

02. August 2017 by SubSpace Leathers
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