Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ok, peeps, It is that time of year again. What time would that be? I.M.L of course.
Which stands for Mr. International Leather. There is something for every kinkster over memorial weekend.

International Mr. Leather has secured the Hyatt Regency Chicago to host the International Mr. Leather competition during the Memorial Day Weekend for the next three years, starting in 2010. Through the diligence of the management teams of both International Mr. Leather and Hyatt Regency Chicago Leatherfolk from around the world will again enjoy the unprecedented service and style the Hyatt is best known for. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, The Hyatt Regency Chicago is ideally situated near the Magnificent Mile, considered one of the greatest avenues in the world. Immerse yourself in our “city within a city,” as this downtown Chicago locale links you to Blues, Jazz, World-Class Cuisine, Grant and Millennium Parks, Lake Michigan beaches and Chicago’s ‘front door, The Navy Pier, just steps away. Reservations for the 32nd annual International Leather competition can now be made through the International Mr. Leather website.
In 2010, the annual reunion of the Leather Tribe will begin on Friday, May 28th. The selection of 32nd man to represent the leather community as International Mr. Leather will take place on Sunday, May 30th. The weekend concludes with an all-out victory celebration Monday 31st at the Black and Blue Ball.

IML History
As I look back, the history of International Mr. Leather reads like the history of the leather community itself, though it was never planned that way. It simply grew with the community as we all did, and reflected the best of what the leather community had to offer.
In 1979 no one knew that International Mr. Leather would become a phenomenon. I certainly didn't. Together with my then lover and partner, Dom Orejudos, I simply wanted to take a good thing a bit further. ...
Back then, if you were a leatherman coming to Chicago you were coming to the Gold Coast. One of our most popular promotions, the "Mr. Gold Coast Contest," often drew out-of-town contestants. It was so popular it outgrew the bar so we made plans to move it to one of the Michigan Avenue hotels. Dom thought our change of venue called for a change of name. I suggested "Mr. World Leather." Dom, my artistic genius, didn't like the sound. He suggested "International Mr. Leather" and that was that.
--IML founder Chuck Renslow, from the book International Mr. Leather, 25 Years of Champions
The event that, in 1979, outgrew the Gold Coast bar it originated in, has over the thirty years since then outgrown a number of Chicago hotels; expanded from twelve contestants the first year to now drawing regularly over 50 or 60 from a number of countries; and now yearly draws thousands of assorted leather folk of all ages, races, genders and kinks to what is now felt by many to be the Leather Family Reunion.
Here, we've brought together the names of all our past contestants and sponsors, along with photos of all the winners, and posters and logos - many of them originally drawn by Chuck Renslow's partner Dom Orejudos, aka Etienne.

A Day Pass is required to enter the Leather Market. A $5.00 suggested donation with all proceeds going to the Leather Archives and Museum. (Note: you must be 21 to enter the LEATHERMARKET.

Just a few of the dozens of booths that will be present this year are:

Visit the LA&M in the Vendor Mart Booth #1004 (leather archives and museum)

Bound Gods
Chicago hell fire club
Mr. S. Leather
And of course TITANMEN.

And as Tony Buff says "OWN YOUR FETISH!"

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