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The Laird Leatherman Competition has been running in its current format since 2008, when The Laird and Mannhaus collaborated to bring back a once much-loved style of competition, aimed at bringing Melbourne’s men of leather and fetish together not just for one night, but all year round. That first competition in 2008 was massive and saw 12 guys competing over 2 heats and a final, with Mal Guest crowned the inaugural Laird Leatherman. Since then the competition has gone from strength to strength, with the format of 3 rounds, being ‘Formal Wear’, ‘Jock Strap’ and the always popular ‘Fantasy’ round.

In the lead up to the 2012 competition, Laird Leather Man 2011 Luke Moon drew on his experiences at IML in Chicago 2011 and initiated the newest addition to the competition. Luke’s idea was to have all contestants pre-judged at the Contestant Info Session which is held a week before the competition. The four judges subjected the contestants to a series of questions with all scores contributing to their overall score on comp night. It proved to be a great idea and is now a part of the ongoing competition format.

Laird Leatherman 2013

Local leather legend Laurie Lane(too many ‘L’s?) was an integral part of the competition from 2008 to 2012 as event co-producer, host and tally master. We’d like to thank Laurie for all he gave to the Laird Leatherman legacy.

Up to 2012, the Laird Leatherman competition had seen five proud leather men represent Mannhaus, The Laird and Melbourne locally, nationally and worldwide raising over $20,000 for their chosen charities. But being a Laird Leatherman doesn’t stop at the end of your reigning year, so in 2013 we decided to get all five winners together for a night of twisted fun and competition, showcasing the legacy that is Laird Leatherman. ‘5x5’ was one hell of a fun night, you can see pics of the night in our LLM Gallery.

Laird Leatherman 2013

Each title holder is expected to be a representative of the Laird Hotel and Mannhaus within local and international leather communities, and will do so with pride and professionalism at all times. Laird Leatherman Competition returns August 2017 as part of A.W.O.L (A Week of Leather and Fetish at The Laird).

With Laird Leatherman 2015 Stephen Morgan nearing the end of a stellar title year, there was no doubt that the 6 contestants for LLM 2016 had a tough job ahead of them. All contestants showed their own unique qualities not just on the night but all through the week. In the end it was ‘repeat offender’ Brad Redmond who claimed the sash and now has a big year ahead of him representing The Laird and Mannhaus. Congratulations Brad and thanks to you and your fellow contestants Darren, Greg, JPP, Matt & Stu for showing what it means to be a proud leatherman.

Brad is proudly fundraising for queerspace during his title year, by hosting The Laird's BBQ monthly on the 2nd Sunday plus some other great initiatives to be announced soon.

You can follow Brad via his LLM 2016 Facebook page HERE

Laird Leatherman Competition will return in August 2017 as part of A.W.O.L.




Brad Redmond  : Laird Leatherman 2016 2016

Brad Redmond

Stephen Morgan : Laird Leatherman 2015 2015

Stephen Morgan

Tim Grant : Laird Leatherman 2014 2014

Tim Grant

Ben Riethmuller : Laird Leatherman 2012 2012

Ben Riethmuller

Luke Moon : Laird Leatherman 2011 2011

Luke Moon

Neil Smith : Laird Leatherman 2010 2010

Neil Smith

Peter Fitzgerald : Laird Leatherman 2009 2009

Peter Fitzgerald

Malcolm Guest : Laird Leatherman 2008 2008

Malcolm Guest