Mr Chaps Leatherworks celebrates 30 years of dressing the fetish community

By Ingo

Hamburg – 1981. Chaps leather bar celebrates its birthday with the traditional election of Mr Chaps. One of the contestants is Horst Menzen.
Horst won the title and over the following years he made the decision to open a new leather tailoring shop. In 1985 he opened Mr Chaps Leatherworks at Schmilinskystraße 9 in Hamburg’s St Georg district.
Through many trips to the United States with his American partner Andrew Day, Mr Chaps Leatherworks quickly gained an international reputation. But both partners became HIV positive, and by the end of the 1980s they were looking for someone to take over the business. Enter Ralf-Ingo Szogs, the owner of Remedy, one of the first gay erotic and fetish mail-order houses in Germany, who took over at the beginning of 1989.

By 1994 the business space at Schmilinskystraße was too small and the working conditions in the basement were terrible. Together with Remedy, Mr Chaps Leatherworks moved to Gurlittstraße 47. For the first time, customers had a complete range of fetish clothing, leather, rubber, uniforms and toys under one roof.
However, the shop was missing a second hand area. For space reasons, it’s was not possible to integrate this into Gurlittstraße so the second hand fetish shop Used was founded in 1997. Unfortunately, there were too few people looking to sell their used fetish clothing, so Used closed in 1999 due to a lack of stock.
In 2002, a new project started: fetish film production as Mr Chaps Media.
By March 2003, the company had moved into very interesting premises which formerly housed a wine trader. Located at Greifswalder Straße 23, the business still occupies this building today.

In 2005 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Mr Chaps with a year of great promotions. In addition, new divisions were added including: Mr Chaps Apartment for those who want to stay central, inexpensive, and in the middle of the gay fetish night life scene; Mr Chaps Creative for individual software and website development; and the New Chaps, our dress-code bar where it all began. The New Chaps celebrated its 28th birthday in 2005.

Since 2008, the store has been continuously modified and extended, and the product range has become more extensive.
For the 25th anniversary in 2010, a new customer support area was created. Here we can show more than 30 different leather skins pattern. Customers can feel our leather and choose the exact style they dream about. All our leather comes from Europe and has the Blue Angel seal denoting environmentally friendly products. Since 2010, the tailors have moved to a spacious new location in the neighbourhood of the main business.

30th Anniversary specials

6 to 18 July 2015: We take 30% off our top 30 items – only while stocks last. The top 30 list will appear on our website from the beginning of July.
3 to 10 August – Hamburg Leatherparty: 30% off most items in the Mr Chaps Leather Collection – only while stocks last.
12 September – Folsom Europe Street Fair, Berlin: Meet us at our booth. A lot special offers will be waiting.