The leather subculture denotes practices and styles of dress organized around sexual activities that involve leather garments, such as leather jackets , vests , boots, chaps , harnesses , or other items. Wearing leather garments is one way that participants in this culture self-consciously distinguish themselves from mainstream sexual cultures. Male leather culture has existed since the late s,  when it likely grew out of post- WWII biker culture. These clubs reflected a disaffection with the mainstream culture of post-World War II America, a disaffection whose notoriety — and therefore appeal — expanded after the sensationalized news coverage of the Hollister "riot" of The film The Wild One , starring Marlon Brando wearing jeans, a T-shirt, a leather jacket, and Muir cap, played on pop-cultural fascination with the Hollister "riot" and promoted an image of masculine independence that resonated with some men who were dissatisfied with mainstream culture. Some butch gays began to imitate Brando by wearing black leather jackets, a black leather cap, black leather boots and jeans and, if they could afford it, by also riding motorcycles.
Eagle competition. The popular gay leather bar boasted a diverse group of patrons: men of all ages, a couple of women, people of color, body types that spanned the gamut, guys in leather harnesses and some men simply wearing jeans and a T-shirt. The pub had been in operation for almost 40 years, but after the Stonewall Riots, the new owners of the Manhattan space decided to change course. The spot quickly became a popular spot for traditionally masculine-presenting gay men and hosted meetings for biker groups and sports clubs. These new locations — like The D. In their heyday, there were more than 50 Eagle-named bars. Today, there are more than 30 locations spread across the U.