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Time to clean your leather?

After a week with Statfest, CSD auf der Spree and CSD in Berlin, and 30 degrees, my leather shirt began to show some white sweat marks on the back, chest and under the arms. And I thought “How the h*ll do I get this of”, it’s a Mr.B shirt to several hundred euros.

After some searching on the Internet i found several tips and tricks on how to clean leather jackets and pants. I summarise all of them like this:

  • Use a mild cleaning agent, like something meant for baby skin.
    As stronger agents might discolour or even destroy the leather.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water to remove any residue of the soap.
    Residue might itch and make the leather stiff.
  • Dry slowly in normal room temperature.
    If drying too fast the leather will become stiff and brittle.
  • Apply leather conditioner before it is dry and afterwards.
    This is to replace the moisture from the water with something more durable.
  • Store it in a ventilated space, so it do not mould.
Important to have in mind:

  • If you are unsure what to do or if you want to do this yourself at all, then don’t. Use a professional cleaner that knows how to handle leather.
  • It might shrink a bit, it did for me.
  • This is the first time I’ve cleaned leather so I might have done some mistakes.

What I actually did

I used:

  • Baby shampoo (without perfume)
  • Black leather oil
  • Leather Balsam
  • Several sponges
    • One for cleaning
    • One for oil
    • One for leather balsam
  • A towel
  • 30L plastic container
  • One solid clothes hanger, with wide shoulders.

Checking the cleaning agent

I first of all took some baby shampoo on a part of the shirt where it would not be noticed it it stained. Just to be sure. Waited for some minutes and wiped it away. I could not see any difference (discolouring or similar).

Cleaning the shirt

I filled the container half full with water, added about 4-6 cl of baby shampoo and stirred well. Then I lay the shirt into the water, pressed out all the big air bubbles and used a sponge to wipe gently on the biggest spots. I pressed carefully on the shirt a couple of times to circulate the water, and I left it covered in water for 4-5 minutes before I took the shirt out.

The water becomes quite black after the colouring agent used in the shirt and the black leather oil which I have previously used on the shirt. So do not be alarmed if the soap water looks black/dark purple.

I pressed on the shirt to remove some soap water. Mind do not twist or squeeze the shirt it might damage it. After I had replaced the soap water with clean water I rinsed out the soap by pressing gently on the shirt. I replaced the water several times and repeated the process until I did not see any more soap bubbles. And yes, the water will still become a lighter shade of black/purple.

I carefully pressed out as much water as possible with a towel before I left it to dry on the clothes hanger for a couple of hours. I made sure to dry it in normal room temperature, without any heating. And also remove as much water as possible from the buttons so they would not rust.

 

Moisturise it!

After a couple of hours, the shirt was still soaking wet, I began the work of oiling the garment with black leather oil. I used black oil to replace any colour that might have been lost in the wash. Make sure to cover the whole piece, also inside the pockets, but not on the flesh side of the hide.

I did this the first time in the evening, repeated it the morning after, and after work. I left it to dry in as before. Feel free to oil it another time if you feel it needs it. When it was dry I used Renapur Leather Balsam, it contains different oils and bee wax, I covered the whole shirt. Inside the pockets, underneath the shoulder strap/passant, on the backside of the placket, everywhere the topside of the hide was visible.

Done

I’m really satisfied with the result, it both looked and felt like new. And the most important part, I could not see any white areas.

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New store for men in Oslo – 2BE

Update (2017-06-13): After seeing some activity on this old post. I regret to inform you that this store is permanently closed.

Well, it has been there for some time now. It is a store focusing on underwear and swimwear for men. Even if such stores are found in every big city it is quite unusual in Norway, it seems like Norwegians think male underwear shouldn’t be sexy.

The store is located in Tollbugata, just a couple of blocks from our main street “Karl Johan”.

This is the only store in Oslo (as far as I know) there you can find:

  • Andrew Christian
  • Addicted
  • ES
  • Barcode
  • AussieBum

This store is not directly fetish oriented, but you might find some cool stuff anyway. I hope that every guy in Oslo use this store, as I like that the concept has come to town. I’m going to find myself some bathing shorts later today.

Check out their web shop at 2be.fashion

When in Rome…

Rome is a beautiful city, with lots to see. Lots of hot (and not so hot) Italian men, but it is hard to find leather guys. Probably because the city is full of tourists. The gay area is really small, and might be said to be one street.

I visited the Alcova shop, it is probably the only fetish shop in Rome – at least the only one I found. It was about 50/50 for men and women, and had what you would expect of a fetish shop when it comes to clothing. I did not find that many toys, but did not ask. The price was a bit higher than other shops – As it often is if it is the only shop in town – so you probably have to search a bit for bargains.

The Coming Out bar/restaurant in Rome, right behind the Colosseum, is really worth a visit. They have good and cheap food. And the clientele was between 18 and 45, in every style – except no visible leather or other fetish guys.

Hangar DoorHangar is the oldest gay club in Rome, from the middle of the eighties. Outside it is the most anonymous club I have ever visited. You can see the entrance in the picture to the left. There is no other bars, restaurants or clubs in immediate vicinity, so the street is quiet. Inside the club it is surprisingly big, much because of the high ceiling. It was a quiet night, so the dance floor wasn’t in use, and most of the guys was just hanging around the bar.

They have a darkroom, it is completely dark so you can not see anything. Not my cup of tea. There is also a smoking area in the back. I liked the atmosphere of the club, and will return.

As I was just visiting for a couple of days I didn’t visit any of the cruising bars or saunas, maybe next time. And then hopefully at the same time as some fetish party.

I’m going back, so if there are something or somewhere you think I’ve missed or should visit feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

Like leather but don’t know where to start?

When you first find out that you like the look and feel of leather, you probably want it all, maybe a full leather uniform. But you might not want to use so much money at once. Here are some thoughts on where to start.

Start with identifying what type of leather article that gets you going. It might be a harness, a pair of gloves or a shirt. Then find a model you like. For instance there are lots of different types of pants and every one of those comes in several colors and looks. Start with an simple model, as it is easier to upgrade than downgrade. For instance, if you buy something with elaborate design and coloured piping, it might be hard to find something else to match without having it especially made for you. So keep it basic in the beginning.

The first things I bought was:

  1. Belt
  2. Cuff
  3. Harness

When you try it on remember that leather stretches quite a bit, so items that can’t be adjusted (like shirts and pants) should be tight.

Leather is expensive, and the best quality often cost more. But look around and try it on before buying anything. I have found better products to a nicer price just by checking all the stores I came across. Do not waste money on something you do not like, it should make you feel a bit more sexy, more man.

If you still do not know where to start, buy your self a black harness. It can be used with everything.

If you have any suggestions feel free to leave a comment.