Atlanta Leather Pride heats up the Atlanta Eagle’s 26th anniversary in April, featuring BDSM and fetish demos, an afternoon barbecue and a leather brunch. The highlight of the weekend is the Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2013 contest, set for April 13.
As Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2012 Jeff Donaldson prepares to step down, we asked him about the meaning and cost of some of his favorite leather items. Also stepping down is Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2012 Jackie Hubschman.
Hat. It may be a hat, but in the leather community it’s known as a cover. Donaldson purchased his about six years ago from Mr. S, “the premiere leather shop in the nation.” Dominant men guys wear them. “They give you a more daddy look,” he says. When a leatherman achieves the title of Sir, he is presented a new cover by his leather family in a ceremony. $80.
Gloves. Purchased about 15 years ago in San Francisco at a police uniform shop and made by Hatch, they are made of a thin leather that allows policemen to conduct searches without removing their gloves. “You put a glove on a man’s face and he just melts. I’ve had some good times with these gloves.” $25
Pants. Custom-made by former Atlanta artist Thomas Gold, they include a sewn quilt pattern on the sides. “I know these pants are one-of-a-kind. I’m very proud of these pants,” Donaldson says. $350.
Boots. Purchased second-hand from an ex-Marine for $16, but Corcoran brand boots, used by the military, typically run about $130 for a new pair. And they must always have a high shine.