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!