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Levis, Leather, and Love

By Kevin Perry

Our hometown is the ultimate playground. You get friendly, you get sweaty, and you might get a couple of skinned knees [ALT: and you might get dirty], but it’s all in the name of good, clean(ish) Palm Springs leather fun. And as with any playground, some of us prefer to play a bit rough.

Well, we’ve got you covered… but just barely.

The Palm Springs leather scene celebrates a bit of the grittiest and gruntiest. It’s more than just a leather fashion statement; it can be a dance of empowerment and raw fun. So , bring the testosterone tango out of the shadows and into the disco spotlight.

Tool Shed

600 East Sunny Dunes, Palm Springs | 10 am – 2 am daily

The buzz of a nearby streetlight tells the tale: the bar you are about to enter is safe yet secluded (and a bit on the dark side). Tool Shed is a short jaunt south of the bustling Arenas scene and well worth the journey. You muscle your way into the intimate space, adorned by burly shoulders and bearded smiles.

The welcome wagon has never been this alluring.

If the bar area becomes too condensed, you can always step out to the smoking patio. There, you’ll find locals enjoying cigarettes, medicinal fare, and oh-so-suggestive cigars. Now, catch your breath; the bar beckons you anew.

Rough Trade Gear

321 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs

This destination is a must to gear up (pun firmly intended) for your leather vacation. Rough Trade is stocked with enough naughty and nice to make St. Nick blush from chaps to straps. Conveniently located across the street from Hunters, this daddy depot provides upscale products for down-and-dirty shenanigans. So, lace up those boots – the tour continues…

Off Ramp Leather

650 E. Sunny Dunes Road, Unit 3,  Palm Springs

This is the Palm Springs leather place to buy your custom motorcycle leathers by Paul Johnson.  He also offers off-the-rack items like belts, ties, lanyards, and vests.  Your leathers are precious if you’re like the boys at Off Ramp Leathers. Exceptional customer service is Number One. They will bend over backward to ensure every customer is satisfied with their work. ONE MAN, ONE MACHINE, ONE PIECE AT A TIME. GUARANTEED. Paul Johnson, the creative force behind Off Ramp Leathers, will repair or alter almost any leather article. Your prized leather garments will be fixed like new ones. And Paul’s handmade custom leather pants, chaps, vests, and shirts are among the best anywhere. Paul has designed numerous one-of-a-kind title patches for the LGBT leather community’s contests and donates to our community charitable events.

Gear Leather and Fetish

650 E Sunny Dunes Rd #1, Palm Springs

We’ve always been passionate about great gear. Whether it’s the stuff you wear to flag your fetish or the toys and equipment you play with, great gear makes sex better. And great sex makes your life better.

In 2005, we opened our retail showroom to share our passion for great gear.  Our beautiful, light-filled shopping environment, outstanding service, and exceptional curated collection of quality fetish products quickly earned us widespread customer and industry acclaim.

Our inventory includes over 2500 square feet of leather and neoprene clothing and accessories, BDSM gear, boots, briefs, jocks, socks, tees, gym wear, toys, and even playroom equipment.


Palm Springs Leather Pride, Every October

International Bear ConvergenceEvery February

Hot n Dry, Four fun days of sobriety, fellowship, and sunshine Every June

Blatino Oasis California, California’s Ultimate Gay and Bisexual Men Of Color Getaway & Retreat, usually the first weekend of May

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Arenas District, where the fun is!


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