The Community Leather Rescue Project

As Leatherfolk we consider preserving our leather history of paramount importance. There are entities like the Carter/Johnson Library & Collection (CJLC) that are focused on the history of What It Is That We Do, our culture, individuals, organizations, and spaces. Gwen Hardy’s passion was the Colors of Leather, documenting our rainbow of patches and pins and the stories behind them.


But what about the very things that identify us? Our leathers? Vests are essentially a physical leather resume – they tell everyone in the know who we are, where we’ve been, what we’ve done, who our friends are. A cover indicates a senior person of leather, someone with years or decades of experience and knowledge. Who is documenting the history of the very things that define our community; our leathers?


We are. 


This project is a collaboration between:


 – Leather Rescue

 – CJLC – The Leather Annex (CJLC Leather)

 – Gwen Hardy’s Colors of Leather (GHCOL)

 – Storied Leather


Each entity plays a vital part in saving our community leather, preserving that leather and its history, and sharing the histories as the leather is adopted back into the community. 


It is our goal to create a perpetual cycle in which the leather that defines us is cherished and honored as it passes from one Leatherperson to another, each adding their passions and journeys to the story of that piece, and every history being carefully preserved and shared with the community.


In a sincere effort to be as transparent and honest with those that might donate items or monies to this project, we have created more detailed texts to explain what each organization does within the project.