Boots: When a Mentor feels that one of their students is fully ready to commit to Walking The Path of a person of Leather, and when they are sure the student knows how to care for their leathers – Boots will be ceremoniously presented as the first step in ones journey in the Leather Community.
Pants/Belt: When a Mentor feels that a student has enveloped themselves in the lifestyle and is not just a 'casual player', and once the Mentor is convinced that their student is taking on responsibility within the Leather Community, while also exhibiting the qualities of integrity and respect will pants and a belt be presented. Often, these are presented in ceremony.
Vest: When a person of Leather is exhibiting the qualities of leadership without ego, and has begun teaching on a local and national level, will they be presented with their Vest. This presentation should be done with some gusto, since it is (for many persons of Leather) the final piece of leather they will earn.
Cover/cap: There are, of course, those rare individuals whose service and dedication to the truth and integrity of the community along with their concern for its members have distinguished themselves even among other community leaders. These individuals may be called by the community to be presented with their Master’s Cover or their submissive cap. The Presenting body, individual, club or organization that is presenting such an honor is responsible for insuring that the individual in question is indeed a valid candidate for covering/capping. Confidential discussions should take place among the current covers before presentation is approved and bestowed.
Wearing other leather: The leather listed above are PRESENTED LEATHER and hold a strong value and respect within the Leather Lifestyle. There is however any number of leather items that, while they hold a growing place in the leather wardrobe, is not restricted to presentation.
Remember however that color and placement often have a meaning.
Collars are often presented by a Dom to a submissive they are considering or have claimed. These collars take on many forms, but should generally hold a locked closure that is visible to others. This is making the statement that this submissive is NOT approachable without their Dom's approval.
You may also see a number of submissive wearing collars they have chosen to wear themselves. THESE SHOULD BE LEFT CLEARLY UNLOCKED, stating their openness to being approached.
Other Items of leather that are fine to wear without presentation:
Arm Bands - Left Side Dom / Right Side sub / Bothside Switch