Friday, November 18, 2011

Leather Life’s Holiday Gift Guide

(Published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #430, November 18, 2011)

1. Uniform Flight Cap

Black cotton twill + red stitching = one sharp-looking hat. Fully lined. Also available in gray. Handmade in USA.

$28.50 at (until 12/14/2011, use code “lavender” for free shipping)

2. Engineered Uniform Shirt

Uniform-inspired design. Slightly fitted shape for a classically masculine and powerful look. Cotton twill with natural stretch. Handmade in USA.

$72 at (until 12/14/2011, use code “lavender” for free shipping)

3. Metallic-finish rainbow cuffs

Nor your average cuffs, these are embellished with rainbow-metallic stripes and adorned with faux jewels. Bling for your dungeon.

$50 at The Smitten Kitten

4. 2012 Men-ups calendar

Butch guys photographed in poses normally reserved for mid-century cheesecake babes. Equal parts art, social commentary and deliciously twisted hotness.

$15 at

5. 2012 St. Paul Firefighters calendar

The perfect calendar for those who appreciate uniforms, gear and smoking-hot men.  (Proceeds benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.)

$15 at Rainbow Road

6. Bear hat

Is he a proud bear? Keep his head cozy and warm while dressing the part. Available in brown bear, polar bear or panda bear.

$52.28 at Cockpit Minneapolis

7. Liquid latex kit

Gives new meaning to the phrase “painted-on jeans.” Everything needed to get creative and discover the fun of liquid latex.

$54 at Cockpit Minneapolis

8. Candy posing strap

Imagine the possibilities of this sugary adult treat. Also available as a candy bikini and candy garter.

$9.95 at Rainbow Road

9. The Strut ring by Gear Essentials

Jewelry for his jewels that's functional, too. Premium stainless steel, made right here in Minnesota. Many other styles available.

$37 at

10. Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness

Written by your humble columnist. Makes a great gift—and get one for yourself, too. Print or e-book (Kindle, Nook, or Apple iBookstore).

Print: $21.95 at Cockpit Minnesota, Rainbow Road, Smitten Kitten, True Colors Bookstore or