Which Material to Choose for Your Bondage Gear?
So you've finally decided to purchase your 1st BDSM collar or restraints set only to become bombarded with a huge variety of different leathers and materials to choose from. Now what do I do?? Do I want traditional black or a splash of colour? Do I need soft or firm? Furry or vegan?? Choosing the correct leather or material doesn't need to be over-whelming. There are first some basic questions you will want to ask yourself first before diving into the depths of leather or non-leather choice. The first and easiest question is "Do you WANT leather??" Many BDSM shops, including here at Von Bondage, cater to both leather junkies and vegans alike. I have 3 choices of material for vegan Doms and Their submissives which spans from shiny PVC to realistic polyurethane called IZIT Leather for a genuine leather feel.
If you decide you would like leather, then the next question you want to ask yourself is if you would like something soft or firm?? Just because a leather is soft and form-fitting does not mean that it is inferior in any way to its stiffer counterpart. It's just giving a different feel to the play experience. Bridle Leathers and Latigo Leathers are firm and stiff like belt leather. They are both used in the horse industry for riding tack and have a wonderful durability to them that can last for many, many years when given proper care with the appropriate cleaners. If you like to play in water sports, these leathers also can withstand getting wet, but do keep in mind that the metal used on your bondage collars and restraints can corrode if not wiped dry afterward. Latigo and Bridle leathers are also known to be very sleek and smooth with very little nap on the inside. Personally here at Von Bondage, I hand bevel and brandish all of the edges on my Bridle and Latigo leathers to ensure a rounded edge that wont cause chafing, so if you decide you would like the smooth stricter feel of Bridle or Latigo Leathers and are shopping about, make sure to find out of the BDSM store you are purchasing from bevels the edges of their stiffer leathers. This could be a huge deciding factor for purchasing, because unbevelled edges can be quite sharp on the skin. The soft leather choice can be equally rewarding as the stricter firmer leather. Von Bondage offers many soft leathers and all of them are quite thick because they are comprised of 2 leathers bonded together with cement to add thickness and colour. These type of soft leathers are known as chrome-tanned leathers. Soft leathers also do not need to be bevelled or brandished and they are very easy to care for since they do not need waxing or oiling to keep them supple. Just a simple glycerine spray is suffice when you want to clean your bondage gear. The soft leathers have more stretch to them as well so there is room to tighten over time. If you are new to the Game, then there is also the option for fleece lined sheepskin collars and cuffs. These are super soft (and warm!!! so usually a winter choice) and a lot of fun for beginners or for people who love the soft feel of the cuffs in contrast to the firmness of the whip or paddle! Here at Von Bondage I offer 2 types of fleece bonded to different colour bullhides.
Question 3 is usually colour choice. There is an abundance of colour choices for all of the leather restraints collars and bondage accessories out on the market, so deciding can be tough. Do you want to go full on with a bright vibrant colour, or would you like just an accent of colour for subtlety? There are tonnes of sites out there that can offer you a whirlwind of colour choices, but here at Von Bondage I offer 5 colours and a few different combos of black mixed with a colour accent for a peek-a-boo trim affect on the edges of the collars and restraints. Choosing the right colour for your play sessions is purely down to mood and aesthetics and it can be fun to have several play-sets in different leathers and colours to fit the mood or event.