This month we talk about the love of leather and how your lifestyle doesn't need to be effected by your lifestyle.
Recently I have become interested in BDSM play, but I have one problem, I prefer the look and feel of leather but my partner and I have gone vegan. I know there are rope options but it doesn't have the same aesthetic that I am fantasizing about. Any suggestions on how to get that "Leather cuff and collar" look without involving animals?
-Animal Loving, Leather Longing
We totally understand the lust for the look and feel of leather, but we also get that you might want to leave animals and products made by them out of your sexy time. Plastic restraints have been available for some time now but rarely had the right aesthetic and texture for someone that wants it to simulate leather. But your in luck! In recent years vinyl and PU imitation leather has become more popular and higher quality.
The designs have come a long way since the first hard "plastic" models- check out this comparison between real leather and imitation leather. At first it might be hard to tell which one is which, but the one on the right is 100% Canadian made leather and the one on the left is vinyl!
|Vinyl cuffs||Leather cuffs|
If you are looking for some impact play then silicone is the best none animal option, and if you're looking for a "Stinging" sensation then silicone it is often times even better than its leather counterparts. In the example below we have a silicone and a hard leather flogger. Both offer sharp quick sensations but many people will agree that the silicone one is going to be more intense.
|Sharp leather flogger||Silicone flogger|
Bondage and BDSM gear in general comes in a wide variety of materials. We have only scratched the surface of unique and wonderful types of toys. You could look into steel restraints, or acrylic canes. Wood could also be an option for paddles as well as dildos. Leather is nice, but working together with your partner to make a sexy evening one you can both enjoy is nicer!