As a business owned and operated by a White NB Queer on stolen & unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples [Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations], we believe it’s necessary to declare and be accountable to the step we’re taking to address racism in our industry.
We are happy to talk to anybody with questions as to why we have the policies we do! Feel free to reach out if you’re curious about something you see below or if you have an experience you’d like to review with us.
1. Removal of Racist Symbolism
It happens. We’ll happily remove or alter-to-hide any leather item that has racist symbolism on it. Depending on the size of the project, we do this for free, by donation to a local anti-racist organization, or at a discounted rate.
Eg. That Chippewa or Indian Logo? Let’s put a card pocket over it. Accidental iron cross on your back pocket? How about a new one?
2. Our Hiring Practices
Indigenous folx in professional leatherwork are massively underrepresented, especially in ‘Vancouver’. We usually require sewing experience, but no experience is needed for indigenous applicants. We strive to make our hires as diverse as possible while ensuring everyone we have is good at this craft! Are we hiring? Email and ask!
3. We Don’t Work with Law Enforcement
Due to the ongoing and overwhelming history of violence against people of color, particularly Black and Indigenous folx, we respectfully will pass on any project associated with police or military forces. Kindly, we don’t want to make money off of the current system and are pushing for better tools to address social inequities and interpersonal conflicts.
If you’ve questions about this policy in particular please do reach out, we’re happy to have a conversation with curious and respectful minds about this stance.
4. Cop & Military Fetish Gear
We repair and alter this type of gear! When we see it, we suggest a donation to an anti-racist org & start a little convo about how wearing this gear publically may be triggering to underrepresented kinksters of color. We believe this stuff belongs at home, or in spaces of specific consent only. We’re not here to judge or shame fetishes, just encouraging everyone to be responsible with them!
If you’re curious about our stance about police in pride parades, I encourage you to Google Marsha P. Johnson and the StoneWall Riots.
5. BIPOC Discounts
We offer 10-15% (depending on the item & ordering platform) off to our low-income BIPOC clients . We usually just put this on, but if we don’t please poke us.
Discount code for BoundAries Leather’s Etsy is BIPOCDISCOUNT.