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Judges named for Mr. International Rubber XXV milestone weekend

Mr. International Rubber is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Chicago, IL the weekend of November 5-7 and has announced its panel of judges. The judges are Adalberto Rubadam MIR23 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ali Mushtaq from Long Beach, United States, Felix Fig from Mexico City, - Continues

The Leather Journal resumes printing

The Leather Journal, which first published in May 1987, is back in print with Issue #317, July - August 21. The newspaper had been on hiatus since March 2020 and its return was questionable as it was/is for many businesses due to the pandemic. - Continues


Bars reopening en masse

Once the date of June 15 was announced as the day we could begin to return to normal was all that owners of surviving bars needed.

Locally, Eagle LA, Bullet Bar and Precinct DTLA were ready to open completely after certain final touches were made to their venues. Some had soft openings and others were out of the gate and running on June 15. Bullet Bar is all-go and Eagle LA opens fully on July 1.

Because some bars had dining, they had already opened with Covid-19 protective restrictions in place. The bars in Palm Springs and Cathedral City were in full swing. Others opened with restrictions or waited until a special date to arrive. The SF Eagle was one of these with an opening on Friday, June 25 which was the beginning of San Francisco Pride Week.

The Leather Journal will resume its print schedule in early July and will have a long list of bars, shops and other Leather community businesses and how they fared throughout the pandemic.






IML IMBB 2021 cancelled

The Renslow Charitable Foundation, owners and producers of the International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack contest, announced on June 9, that both contests were cancelled and the the contest will be held during Memorial Day weekend in 2022.

The press release stated, "....We clearly understand that things are beginning to return to some new sense of normal. However, as we look to this November as well as May 2022, we must also consider many factors in making event decisions....That said, we have decided to cancel (IML and IMBB) 2021 events....The specific key factors behind this decision include a shortened weekend program and a space-compressed vendor market with reduced hours, the financial impact to our guests in possibly attending two IML weekends six months apart, the shorter title year for the winners who have waited patiently for their moment to compete and a necessary consideration for any potential reinstatement of large gathering restrictions."

The complete press release can be found at http://www.imrl.com