Tell Me How You Really Feel
Stockroom’s release of the Vondage line elicited a special kind of nerdy delight in me, but my initial glee became more nuanced after finding a need for WD-40 and contemplating if my eyelids have ever been cold enough to warrant a face sweater. Having spent years digging for vegan BDSM options, culminating in an ongoing list of vegan sex and kink gear, I hoped Vondage would be the mid-priced, faux-leather line that was missing. It delivers, but there are a few caveats.
I discovered Leyland Craftwork‘s Etsy store in my search from vegan BDSM gear, and what really pulled me in was all the color options. The sex toy market is saturated with pinks and purples while the BDSM market is saturated with black and occasionally red. Seeing riding crops and canes in pink, blue, red, purple, white, silver, and (after my own heart) glitter is like finding a baby unicorn. Add to that the fact that these impact toys are vegan, and it’s as if the baby unicorn flew in your window. Leyland isn’t exclusively vegan, but most of their designs are made with all synthetic materials, which are explicitly stated on the product pages.
This has been so long in the making/ procrastinating! Really, since I began this, children have been born, turned into toddlers, and learned the truth behind their favorite holiday mascots. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is an ever-changing, ever-growing list (thankfully), and I just need to publish now and add more later. So let’s do this! *glitter-shooting finger guns*
9/23/16: Sadly, KinkyVegan is on an extended hiatus. I will update this post when they return. Until then, this list has more vegan bondage options.
Tell Me How You Really Feel
These cuffs from KinkyVegan have achieved the elusive vegan product trifecta: well made, good looking, and not infuriatingly priced. On top of that, they’re made from this mastermind material that looks like leather but is really a robot that performs better than leather… minus the robot part.
Fit: 5-8″ and these fit up to 10.6″
Included: 2 cuffs, 1 double snap hook
The Good, The Bad, and a Pair In Pink Please
I’m used to being disappointed by a lot of “faux leather” products: they either look/feel like the overtly pleather jacket I rocked in elementary school, turn into one giant scuff mark, fall apart over the course of a few months, or all of the above. Thankfully, the variety and quality of vegan leather options is getting better, but in a community that has so much leather-based history and industry, it’s difficult to find attractive, quality, Kink gear made from imitation leather [Google search of the day: faux-leather daddy]. There are a lot of fabric, rope, and rubber restraint options, but few things for people who want the properties of leather, without the actual leather.
That’s why I give kudos to Martin, the owner of KinkyVegan, for making products (cuffs, collars, harnesses, impact toys, etc.) out of a microfiber material called Lorica. When I looked into it, I found myself in a lot of car and bike racing forums because Lorica is predominantly used to make protective athletic gear and automotive/boat interiors. It was manufactured to look like leather (down to the creasy skin texture and suede-like backing) but be lighter, more flexible, waterproof, breathable, and resistant to tearing and abrasion. Basically, Lorica is a badass textile that has the potential for some fantastic Kink gear. Exhibit A: these cuffs.