LeatherWest Nominated for European Leather Award

LeatherWest Nominated for European Leather Award

10924774_1594091390826456_1378539382289054247_nForget the Oscars and BAFTAs: think the European Leather X Awards!

The X Awards are held annually at Leather Pride Belgium in Antwerp. This year, LeatherWest has been recognised and been nominated as Best Organisation of the Year.

“It certainly wasn’t expected”, said LeatherWest Director Tim Black Arrow. “We had no warning this was coming. We received a e-mail from the organiser in Amsterdam and we were taken a-back!”.

Now three years old, LeatherWest has grown from an idea, a concept, to a fully constituted non-profit Community Interest Company, where the profits and assets are put to use for the public good. 

The nomination can be taken as recognition by the European Leather Community for the ground breaking work LeatherWest has achieved in helping to build and support the local leather community. It means that the West and its leathermen are certainly getting noticed. 

While a panel of judges was assembled to make the shortlist of nominees.  It will be the leather public that votes for the candidates and ultimately chooses the winner.

“Being a pan European award,” says Tim, “means we are in a bit of a Eurovision situation here. We’re up against nominees from other countries. Unlike Eurovision of late, we’ve got a realistic chance of winning and bringing the European award back to the UK. Wouldn’t that be something!?”.

LeatherWest finds itself in the running for Best Organisation of the year with GEARED (Dublin, Ireland), CALM (Club of Amsterdam Leather Men, Netherlands), Leather Friends Italia (Italy), SLM (Copenhagen, Denmark).

To support LeatherWest and bring the European Award back to the UK, vote here on the X Awards page.





  • The Jury: the X Awards nominations are selected annually by a group of valued members from the European leather community. The 2015 jury members were: 

Lars Enander (Sweden), board member of SLM Stockholm and Secretary of the “Top of Europe” network for Northern European leather & fetish clubs;

Nigel Whitfield (United Kingdom),  BLUF webmaster;  

Tyrone Rontganger (Germany), Mr Leather Berlin 2013 & German Mr Leather 2013/2014;

Nelson Sousa Da Cunha (Netherlands), Marketing Manager at Mister B; 

Francois Xavier Marais (France), Mr Leather Paris 2014.

  • The X Awards Award Show: to be held on Sunday, 15th February 2015 at 4:30pm at the Darklands festival in Antwerp, Belgium. The award show precedes the Hardon party, held at the same venue. Attending the award show is free of charge though you need to have a ticket to get into Darklands. Get your tickets here.



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  1. Ross Dowden February 8, 2015 at 1:19 am - Reply

    You have a great website. I wish there is similar in Hamburg. Congratulations and best wishes for the nomination and award.
    – Ross, Hamburg

  2. Richard March 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Yes! Finally someone is organising and building the leather scene. Hope to be at an event soon.
    – Richard, Bristol

    • LeatherWest March 28, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Glad you approve of what we’re doing Richard. If you have any suggestions for what more we could do, let us know.
      – LeatherWest Team, Bristol

  3. Megatropin Muscle March 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I’m really pleased I found your blog. I found you totally by accident,
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    – Megatropin, LA

  4. Mike Redfern March 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    great to meet you guys in Antwerp. Sorry you didn’t win the award. You were up against stiff competition from Amsterdam, who did seem to win any award going this year. Hmmm. Anyway I did vote for you on line. I am sure nominations will come your way again. I will be join you for UK Leather Pride later this year. Until then! cheers!
    – Mike Redfern, Southampton Hants

  5. Derek W April 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

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    – Derek W, London E1

  6. Vida Cuero Ultra April 8, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Keep this going please, great job!
    – Manu Leather, Santiago de Chile

  7. EffiederFFM April 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks! It was great to meet you guys at Leather Pride. Thanks for the beer mats too. I now have them on my table!
    – Hans, Frankfurt, Hessen

  8. Master Cliff May 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    A few sites attract my attention and your information is a good place to read articles. Congraulations on being recognised in the awards. I must pay a visit to Bristol to see what new leather slaves I can recruit.

    In leather brotherhood,

    – Master Cliff, London SW20

    • LeatherWest Team May 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Hello Master Cliff,
      Thank you for your kind comments ad support for LeatherWest. Please do pay a visit. We think you’ll like the “selection” on display 🙂
      Respectfully yours,
      – Tom, LeatherWest Team.

  9. Pierre Kuir de Paris May 13, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the good write up. Great to meet you guys at last!
    Sault et merci meks!
    – Pierre, Paris

  10. Fukka Dude May 27, 2015 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I just want to say I am just new to blogs and truly love your blog with well written articles. Awesome.
    – ‘Fukka Dude’, New York

  11. Glenn Cross July 29, 2015 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Great story!
    – Glenn Cross, London.

  12. FaustoIbbott June 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Great news in winning the award guys. Thanks for your welcome and generosity of spirit in Antwerp. These are things you don’t forget.
    – Dick Dick, Oxford, UK

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