We are the Ethos Leather Family. Formerly located in Seattle, Washington, now located in Central Maine - see family for more information. We are a family comprised of a Sir, two boys, two puppies, a boot black and four extended members. We began doing leather work in 1999 to outfit our own dungeon and our friends in the community.
In 2011 we took our hobby to market as wholesale only and started selling our gear to two local retailers. As demand for our gear rose we decided to expand to a retail online storefront.
Our gear is hand tooled and assembled in our off-grid and 100% solar powered workshop deep in the Maine woods.
Our gear centers around the idea that high quality in design, materials and construction should be available to all players in the community at reasonable prices.
About Our Gear - The Motivation
Our family believes in reducing risk to players wherever possible. As part of that philosophy, we clean and sanitize all our personal gear between uses to protect all players. We quickly discovered that the hardware on the gear we had bought began rusting and corroding from the sanitizers used. Over the course of a few years we rebuilt thousands of dollars worth of purchased gear and were extremely disappointed that the standard hardware - which almost every gear manufacturer uses - eventually destroys the gear when used in a safe manner. This meant that to play safe, all gear would effectively need to be replaced every couple years - a daunting thought for any serious player.
The search for better hardware was on and a few months later we found it. Although it costs us about three times more then standard hardware we opted to absorb the expense from our profit to help promote safer play.
About Our Leather Gear - The Specifics
Our hardware is of the highest available quality. We use only stainless steel or chrome plated brass hardware which resists the corrosive effects of harsh cleaners and disinfectants. The only exception to this is our locking studs which are only available in high grade chrome plated steel.
Our direct relationship with a US tannery gives us unheard of control over the quality of our leather. All of our leather comes from cows and game raised in the US and tanned in the US. Our latigo leather is true latigo, it will last for generations when properly cared for.
If you're new to owning leather gear you should be aware that latigo leather takes time and use to break in. Your new gear will be stiff when you receive it, but it will become softer and supple with use - so you should be encouraged to play as much as possible...
About Our Non-Leather Gear
Since it is not reasonable to make all types of gear, especially in our off-grid shop, we do source non-leather gear from other vendors. Non-Leather gear that is ordered from us may originate from anywhere in the world (although it is shipped from the US). We do this to provide our customers with a full range of products. We stand behind these products with a 90 day warranty (more then most online retailers will offer). But more then that - if you have a problem with a non-leather product, we want to hear about it, even if our warranty period has expired. We will do the best we can to rectify the problem and in most cases will remove the product from our site.
New Products and Designs
We are constantly designing and developing new products. If you have an idea or see a need for a piece of gear that you have never been able to find, shoot us an email at email@example.com and we may just start producing it.
In April of 2016 it was with a sustainable lifestyle in the forefront of our minds that we moved cross country to Maine. We moved onto a large parcel of raw off-grid land more then a mile from the closest road - you can actually walk 35 miles from our backyard before you come to another road.
We built a 3,700 square foot energy efficient workshop from the ground up, doing almost all of the work ourselves. The workshop is up and running - powered completely from solar. The long term infrastructure is in place for our eventual goals of a house and barn.
We have two small summer cabins under construction with plans to make them available to rent - eventually exclusively to the kink community.
We would eventually like to host a few kinky events annually but it will be quite awhile before we are ready for that.
We are planning on growing a garden and raising animals for sustainable food production - this is next years project.