The Family

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The President of Northbound Leather.  The King of Kink

George Giaouris now has been leading the way at Northbound Leather since 1987, a company which grew out of a family leather business that dates back to 1961 in Greece. The first family leather store in Canada dates back to 1969 in Yorkville and then, in 1970, moved to Yonge Street.

The third generation of the Giaouris family is now working at the family business. George is proud to share that Northbound is the only major Canadian leather retailer that continues to manufacture all its clothing in Canada as it strongly endorses local design and manufacturing and maintains an anti-sweatshop and out-sourcing policy.

George produced his first fetish fashion show in 1979 at the St. Lawrence North Hall that attracted more than 600 people, mostly gay men. The next major party was held in 1988 in a Yorkville club called The Copa. The success of that event spawned monthly fetish parties, originally called The Betty Page Social Club, now known as "Fetish Night" that continues to this day at Goodhandy's and has become the longest running continuous club night in Canadian history, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Recently, he has launched "Fetish Friday," a new once a month party at the new Oasis Aqualounge. He has also produced and sponsored fetish events in Montreal and once ran stores in Chicago, USA as well as Vancouver and Montreal, Canada.

With customers all of over the world, George is proud to share that Northbound has donated well over a $400,000 in cash or products to various charitable organizations including Gelato Cup -Prostate Cancer Research, Book Lovers Ball (a Toronto Public Library fundraiser), Casey House AIDS Hospice, an 11-year involvement with Fashion Cares. He and his team continues to work with many community based organizations such as the Heart of the Flag Foundation, International Leather Sir/boy and International Mr. Leather.

He also has a shorter bio which he wanted to share: "…old perverted Greek guy on Yonge Street...watched them build the clock tower above the St. Charles Tavern...been there on the same block since before the term 'gay' was coined..."

george@northbound.com

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A little bit about me:

I have been an employee and a customer since 1980.  The community that forms around Northbound Leather has an incredible connection that is built on trust.  My desire is to offer 100% attentive service to my customers and to enthusiastically help fulfill their needs.

The most important aspect of my job is making sure customers are comfortable while exploring all their interesting and beautiful fantasies.  I’m all about putting people at ease.  This is a place to come and play while sharing a giggle at the same time.

My favourite thing about working at Northbound Leather:

I love my clients like my family. I love when people get exactly what they were looking for-- I love seeing the glow in people's faces when they are ecstatic with the final results. And I love the smell of leather.

 

Areas of Expertise:

* Leather             * Custom Orders! (getting creative with designs)

* Corsets             * Latex                 * Couture            

Private Consultation: anna@northbound.com

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Ryan Lemesurier

As an employee of Northbound Leather since 2010, I have worked with many clientele, from Music Artist to Actors and Actresses and with major T.V / Movie companies, who have all come to Northbound Leather to get that unique piece of leather made.

I am a very outgoing person with a true love and passion for leather and kink.

I want each and every customer to feel welcomed and comfortable when they walk in to the store, and it makes me very happy to know that when they leave they have received the best customer service and wearing the hottest outfit. My goal is to make each and every customer feel and look like a million dollars.

I was honored to be the first ever Mr. Northbound leather in 2011 where I then competed and won Mr. Leather Toronto 2011 and then had the privilege of representing my wonderful community and City of Toronto at the International Mr. Leather competition in Chicago.

Leather is my passion and being in the leather community here in Toronto I have found a home and a family here at NORTHBOUND LEATHER. The best part about working at Northbound, is that I get to wear leather each and very day while working with a great staff and amazing clientele.

Thank you

Areas of Expertise

* Leather
* Custom Orders (King of custom)
* Genital / Electro Toys
* Uniforms
* Violet Wands
* Corsets

Private Consultation: Ryan@northbound.com

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A bit about me:

I have been with the Northbound family since 1970. I love to make people feel good about themselves. I like to think of my job as a way to better the quality of people's everyday lives. Privacy and honesty are extremely important to me.

My favourite thing about working at Northbound Leather:

I love the people I work with and dressing people up.

Areas of Expertise:

* Uniforms 
* Corsets 
* Extremely unique outfits and Elegance.

Private Consultation: gina@northbound.com

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A little bit about me:

Leather “Daddy.” 

I am the store manager here at Northbound Leather. My leather /fetish retail journey started 2001.  It has been truly a life changing and inspirational journey. I have met incredible people along the way.  I recently returned to NBL after 8 years away pursuing and growing my career.  

 Accomplishments

I represented the Toronto leather community in 2008 as Mr. Leather Fellowship.  I think I was shirtless most of that year.   I had such a blast supporting the community and fundraising with my fellow titleholders.

Pinned by Sandy Mama Reinhardt “Mamma’s Canadian Heath Bar”

 

I enjoy helping customers new to BDSM explore their fetishes.  Having a nervous customer come into the store but later leaving informed and feeling at ease is my goal.  I would like all our customers to have a fun shopping experience.  Be it a toy or an outfit for the opera, my goal is to provide you the best experience once you walk through the door.

 Expertise:

*Toys- Electro being high on the list. 
*Harness-Jocks 
*Corsets 
*Sourcing new and unique products to be made available in the store.

Private Consultation: Laurence@nortbound.com

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A bit about me:

My introduction into the leather community started appropriately on February 14th 1991 with the guidance of her Mentor George Giaouris President of Northbound Leather Ltd. I am is the Controller of NBL, and when we say “Controller” we mean it! (insert BDSM reference here)Thou I do not refer to myself as a polyamorist, I have 24 Leatherman husbands and 5 sister wives. I have been attending various leather events such as Mid Atlantic Leather, Mr. Leather Toronto and International Mr. Leatherman for the past 15 years.

Recipient of:

Mama’s Canadian Enza Pinned by Sandy Mama Reinhart 
Mr. Leather Toronto Titleholder Impact Award 2011 nominated by Mr. Leather Toronto Ryan Lemesuier 
Community Woman of The Year 2011 by Heart of The Flag Federation

Proudly judged:

Mr. Leather Toronto Competition 2013 
Toronto Pup Competition 2014

My Favorite thing about working at Northbound:

I credit my success to having a truly dedicated, knowledgeable and exceptional staff. I am also very proud of being a member of such a loving, embracing and vibrant leather community. Then there is the thought of the pleasure that people achieve with the products we produce, be it via a sexual encounter or just looking incredible.

Areas of Expertise:


*Money 
*Social Media 
*Marketing 
*Logic 
*Event Planning 
*Negotiating 
*Getting the job done