Statement on the title “Mr. Leather Switzerland”

Due to current developments and frequent misunderstandings regarding the award of the title “Mr. Leather Switzerland”, we consider a clarification to be necessary and issue the following statement:

“Mr. Leather Switzerland 2017” / “Mr. Leather Switzerland 2018”

The titles “Mr. Leather Switzerland 2017” and “Mr. Leather Switzerland 2018” were not awarded by the association Leathermen of Switzerland. The association is neither responsible for the organisation of the title holder elections nor does it own the rights to the titles.

The Leathermen of Switzerland (LMS) are a leather fetish association focusing on the development and maintenance of the leather community in Switzerland. Its activities are intended to bring like-minded people and friends together. It offers a platform for networking and exchange. The association organizes about 20 events each year in Switzerland and abroad and promotes member initiatives that serve the purpose of the association. The emphasis is on socialising and creating a setting in which interested persons can appear in the local public without feeling constrained.

The LMS promotes and boosts the diversity of the community within Switzerland in addition to the fetish groups of other orientations. Furthermore, it collaborates with other leather fetish groups throughout Europe and cultivates transregional contact.

The LMS clearly positions itself as a non-commercially oriented organisation and does not support any activities of third parties that are incompatible with its objectives. This includes the organisation of events, the appointment of representatives, the awarding of titles, offices, honours or the like, whose objectives are not deeply rooted in the ideas of the leather community.

Election for “Mr. Leather Switzerland 2020”

The association Leathermen of Switzerland (LMS) is not affiliated with the organisation of the “Mr. Leather Switzerland 2020” election announced for October 2019 in Basel.

The Board of the LMS distances itself from the nomination of a new “Mr. Leather Switzerland” as announced. In their opinion, a title holder of this kind would have to be capable of representing the Swiss leather community both internally and externally.

If a title suggests to represent a community as a whole (e.g. geographically), it should be made available to the community in its entirety – regardless of any trademark rights. The awarding of titles and the guidelines for fulfilling its official duties must be broadly supported within the community. An elected representative of the Community is solely accountable to the Community and to himself.

For the generic production of “Mr. Switzerland” titles, which are not rooted in the particular community, we see no legitimation and therefore no need.

LMS on Tour: AGM ECMC Paris 2018

At Zurich Pride in June 2018, the Swiss Fetish Communities were honoured by the visit of Daniel Dumont, secretary of the ECMC (European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs). Daniel got a picture of the current activities and the fresh impulses that are giving the communities a new drive. In the aftermath of the Pride, the ECMC invited us to attend their AGM (Annual General Meeting) as observers and to introduce the Leathermen of Switzerland to the member clubs of the ECMC.

We were glad to accept this invitation! Last weekend (Oct. 12th to 14th), the board travelled to Paris and introduced the club’s short history to the delegates of the member clubs: Our ideas and concepts, goals as well as the event calendar 2018. The participants followed with great interest and benevolence. They were pleased to see a young team carrying on the ideas and values of the Leather community – in a modern approach and though in awareness of its heritage. The club’s achievements within only a few months were honoured as a great success. After a very positive feedback to the presentation, lively discussions about the goals and the future development of the club continued until the following night when we had to say goodbye.

As part of our forthcoming application as a member of the ECMC, we were offered to nominate a member of the jury electing the Mr. Leather Europe 2019 – a title awarded annually by the ECMC. As Mr. Leather Switzerland 2017, Reto was invited as a contestant and finally become 1st runner-up (2nd place).

The meeting and the social programme of the whole weekend were organized by the club ASMF (Association des Sports Motocyclistes de France).

We are looking forward to the ongoing cooperation with the ECMC and its clubs. Will you join us for the next AGM in Rome in October 2019?

We are pleased to share more details and insights at the next Regulars’ Tables. Looking forward to seeing you!

Leather Social Zürich – July 28th 7.30pm @Volkshaus

Leathermen of Switzerland Regulars’ Table

The Leathermen of Switzerland meet for the first regulars’ table in Zurich. The event is meant for all members, prospects and their friends. Lets debate, tattle and also revisit the last Swiss Pride events – but first and foremost wear our leather with pride!

For more information see leathermen.ch/en/events/2018-07-28-leather-social-zurich

All future events: leathermen.ch/en/events.

Looking forward to seeing you!