closed until further notice

July 31, 2018

Ruthless Leather has always been a side hustle for Dave and I but as both of our other businesses are taking up more and more time it’s becoming impossible to keep all the balls in the air. Before we drop one we’ve decided to close Ruthless Leather for a while. We don’t know exactly how long, but until we catch up with all of the other things we’ve fallen behind on, look after some health stuff and maybe even spend some time together where the pay-off isn’t orders backing up.

We’re both people pleasers and struggle with the fact that we’re letting people down by taking a break. But lightbulb moments like neither of us having time to take Trixie to the vet recently (we made time, she had three grade 2 tumours removed) and planning to catch up on paperwork while we’re on holidays made me realise we need to make some changes, to stay on top of both business and normal life stuff.

We’ve disabled the add-to-cart button on all our made-to-order listings and gift vouchers but not on the ready-to-ship listings, so you can still buy from that section. We’re contactable. If you have a voucher you can still redeem it, just email us. Orders in the queue will be completed and if you sent an enquiry before this decision was made we’ll do our best to look after you.

If you’d like to be notified when we re-open you can subscribe to our mailing list here.

xx Ruthless (+ Daveless)

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winners are grinners

March 1, 2018

Huge prizes. Six chances to win.

We’ve donated a voucher to the Fetching Dogs Mega Fundraiser. Tickets are just $10 each. Buy three or more to go in the second chance draw. Full details are on the Fetching Dogs website.

You can buy tickets here:

There’s a downloadable A4 PDF here if you’d like to print it out to put up at your work or your dog club:

Tickets purchased before noon on 28.03.18 will be eligible to win a prize. The winners will be drawn at random and contacted by email on 29.03.18.

You gotta be in it to win it!!

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stick a fork in us, we’re done! | strong leather dog collars

December 20, 2017

Head over to our Facebook page if you want to see this ridiculous video starring our helpful elves ^^^

Our last order of the year is going in the post today and it’s time for the Ruthless Leather workshop to close for our annual break. Dave and our four elves have been very busy and will now enjoy a well earned break. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us in 2017 – be it by shopping with us or by always recommending us to anyone with a dog – YOU ROCK! We hope you and your pack all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. See you in 2018!

Ruth [+ Dave + Angel + Chopper + Trixie + Bruno]

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holiday closure | custom made leather collars

October 20, 2017

Skadi is available for adoption from Fetching Dogs. This image and four other Christmas puppy photos have been made into greeting cards and will be on sale in the Ruthless Photos online store soon, with all profits going to the charity.

Give him a break!
It’s approaching that time of year again where Daveless finally gets to catch his breath and take a well earned break. If you’re planning to gift a bespoke Ruthless Leather piece this Christmas the cut-off for orders is 31st October 2017. We guarantee that your purchase will be shipped before our delivery company’s Christmas cut-off.*  

Orders placed after the cut-off won’t be completed until March 2018.

*In Australia, that is. International customers will need to contact us.

What if I miss the cut-off?
You can still order from the discounted section, just allow at least a week for shipping. Gift vouchers will also be available right up until Christmas Eve. They’re sent electronically to print at home.

Winners are grinners
We’re donating a voucher for a bespoke collar and lead to Fetching Dogs for an upcoming raffle that I’ve organised. There are so many amazing prizes, I want to enter myself! I’ll send details in November when tickets go on sale. You can also subscribe to the Ruthless Photos mailing list to be first to know.

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happy birthday to us | ruthless leather dog collars

April 1, 2017

ruthless leather collar

We launched our website seven years ago today and to celebrate we’re giving you a gift, cause that’s just the kind of people we are!

Buy anything* in our store between now and Monday (1st-3rd April 2017) and use this code at checkout to have a 20% discount applied to your cart: bday2017

* Offer doesn’t apply to the discount section.

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Tails of Sydney dogs of sydney book cover

Tails of Sydney book

November 27, 2016

Tails of Sydney dogs of sydney book cover

Ruthless Leather are proud sponsors of the Tails of Sydney fundraiser coffee table book project. To date the project has raised over $8k for three local dog rescue groups.

The book is now available to buy from the Ruthless Photos online store. Books will ship in mid-December and pre-Christmas delivery to Australian addresses is guaranteed.

Get yourself a copy for Christmas, you deserve it!

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dog birthday hat and cake

we’re six … again!

April 1, 2016

dog birthday hat and cake

It’s our birthday and we’re 6 … again 😮 We skipped five and had two sixth birthdays, but all that’s really important is Bruno got to have cake!

Buy anything* in our store today (1st April 2016) and use this code at checkout to have a 20% discount applied to your cart: bday2016

* Offer doesn’t apply to the discount section.

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Christmas orders | strong leather dog collars

November 5, 2015

bruno the dog wrapped in fairy lights christmas

Cut-off for Christmas orders
Our production time is 4-6 weeks so in order to guarantee delivery before Christmas, and allow time for postage, you’ll need to get your orders in to us before midnight this Sunday (8 November 2015). This guarantee is for domestic customers only, it’s now too late for customers outside of Australia. Overseas customers can still order something between now and Christmas but it most likely won’t get to you in time to place it under the tree.

Christmas opening hours and gift vouchers
Ruthless Leather will be closed from 18th December 2015 until Monday 4th January 2016. During that time the email will be on auto-reply and there will be no one available to answer any questions or generate gift vouchers. If you wish to gift someone a voucher for Christmas we’ll need to receive your order before close of business (Sydney time) on Friday 18th December.

Summer holiday for Daveless
As Dave works 60-70 hour weeks year ’round we stop production over Christmas and through January in order for him to recharge. He’ll down tools on the 18th of December and won’t return to the workshop until the start of February 2016. While you can still access the website and place orders during that time, no work will be done until he returns from his break. You can still order from the Ready to Ship section (although the section above still applies) but any custom orders received after the start of December 2015 will not be completed until between mid-February and mid-March 2016.

The foster puppy was going to model for our Christmas photo, to give you a break from Bruno for at least one post, but he decided that running around in the rain and digging holes would be way more fun. He hasn’t quite worked out the value of cabasnossi like Bruno has!

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ruthless leather regular ziggy strong tough dog collar

Introducing the Ziggy | strong leather dog collars

November 1, 2015

We’d like you all to meet our newest addition … The Ziggy!

ruthless leather regular ziggy strong tough dog collar

ruthless leather regular ziggy strong tough dog collar

This design has been living in my brain for a long time so I’m really happy that it turned out even better than I imagined. We think it’s pretty badass.

Dave has only made one so far but it is also available in wide, narrow, all three training collar widths and/or sighthound style. If you’d like to be the first to own one of these send us an email and we’ll give you a 25% off discount voucher for that item. The only condition is that you choose from the colour combos listed below and it’s for an average size neck.

Ziggy (w) – brown and silver, brown and brass or brown and a coloured pyramid
Ziggy (n) – chestnut and silver or chestnut and a coloured pyramid
Ziggy (t) (n) – black or burgundy and any pyramid
Ziggy (t) (r) – black, brown or chestnut and any pyramid
Ziggy (t) (w) – any choice except black and silver
Ziggy (sh) – any choice except black and silver

Don’t forget that we still have a lot of other discounted collar options on this list. Get on it people!

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ruthless leather martingale collar with buckle

leather martingale collar with buckle

September 9, 2015

ruthless leather martingale collar with buckle

We often get asked which type of collar is best for a dog that pulls on the lead. While our leather martingale collars with buckles are fantastic training aids, they won’t miraculously stop your dog from pulling, particularly if it’s a behaviour that is already quite ingrained in your dog. We recommend that you book a session with a reputable balanced trainer in your area for help with loose leash walking in conjunction with our martingale collars.

Here are some important facts about these collars:

– To be worn ONLY during training/walks
– When sized correctly, dog cannot back out of this collar
– Proper placement is high and snug, at the jaw and behind ears (as pictured)
– Allow for leash corrections
– Stop use if dog is pulling and choking (gasping for air/gagging/coughing)
– Never use when dog is tied out/tethered

Source: PitBulls Against Misinformation

Our martingale collars can be made with chains and without.

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handmade by actual hands | ruthless leather collar

September 5, 2015

A short photo essay, with pictures of very questionable quality, showing where the making of your collar and/or lead begins.

There are captions under each photo in the gallery. Click a thumbnail below to open and then use your arrow keys to scroll through.

Dog #4 was off hunting skinks and flies. Just in case you were wondering!

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What exactly is “genuine leather”?

August 30, 2015


All of our products are handcrafted from high-quality bridle leather. That’s why you’ll never see us refer to our goods as “genuine leather”.

Genuine leather doesn’t just mean that the product is made of real leather (which it is), but it also means it is the lowest quality of all products made out of real leather.

Genuine leather generally doesn’t last as long or look as nice as higher-quality leather. You’ll typically find it in belts and shoes from lower-priced chain stores and bags or other goods in the lower-leather price range.

Goods marked as genuine leather will be several layers of low quality leather bonded together with glue and then painted to look like a better-quality leather. It’s what is left over when the other, higher grades are stripped away.

This grade of leather is acceptable if you’re just buying something cheaply and don’t care too much about its quality. It won’t last very long and, if you care about your dog’s safety, products made from it should be avoided.


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arctic breed rescue fundraiser

May 25, 2015


Ruthless Photos and Ruthless Leather have been long time supporters of Arctic Breed Rescue here in Sydney. They recently took on a dog that needs costly specialist help to get to the root of his skin condition. We’ve donated a collar and lead that they’re raffling off for just $10 a ticket. Please support them if you can. You have a 1 in 100 chance of winning.

Full details are on their Facebook page here.

Ruth [+ Dave + Angel + Chopper + Trixie + Bruno]

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we’re six! | strong leather dog collars

April 1, 2015


To celebrate making it to our sixth birthday we’re running a contest for all you lovely people!

How to enter
There are a few ways to enter, you can do all of them or just one of them, but the more you do the more entries into the prize draw you’ll earn yourself.

1. Share this blog post on Facebook. In order for us to be able to see it and register your entry you’ll need to hit the share button on our Facebook post and your own post needs to be public.

2. Tweet this blog post and mention us (@RuthlessLeather) so we can register each entry.

3. Wish us a Happy Birthday on Instagram by sharing the photo at this link. Use the hashtag #RuthlessLeather and tag @ruthlessleather.

Who can enter
Anyone can enter. All shares, tweets and IG posts count.

How to win
All entries made before 9am (Sydney time) on Friday 3rd April 2015 will be counted and two winners will be drawn at noon (Sydney time) on Friday 3rd April 2015.

The prizes
First prize is a AU$200 voucher and second prize is a AU$100 voucher. Each voucher is to be redeemed in a single transaction in our online store within the next 6 months.

PS You can subscribe to this news feed by email now, scroll down to the box in the footer, enter your email address then hit subscribe.

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the reveal | strong leather dog collars

March 23, 2015


It’s finally here. The day a lot of you have been waiting for and the day I thought would never come. It’s been a long and somewhat stressful journey, to say the least, so I hope you all agree that using our new website is a much more enjoyable experience than our previous one. (It also matches my photography website which pleases my OCD no end, let me tell you!)

Why did you keep us waiting all this time?
Ruthless Leather is just two people, Dave and I. Dave hand-makes all of your orders from start to finish. He’s also a cabinetmaker and he damaged his rotator cuff on a job back in June of last year. It’s taken months of osteopathy and acupuncture and rest for it to heal. You may ask why we don’t employ someone to help and the fact of the matter is we’ve tried but we just can’t find anyone as good as Dave. Everyone tells us we should send our designs to Asia and have them mass produced, but we’re vehemently opposed to that idea. Our reputation has been built on the amazing quality of Dave’s work (and my super fantastic designs) so while it might take a little bit longer to turn around your orders, especially as we grow more popular, every piece that we create is bespoke and first class … and worth the wait!

What’s new?
Pretty much everything, but I’ll try to condense it into a bulleted list for you:

  • GST is now included on the prices that are displayed, not added to your cart at the end.
  • Prices on the majority of our products have remained unchanged (although with the GST now included they may appear to have increased). The only products that have gone up are our training collars – they’re now the same price as the flat collar version of the equivalent design – as we’ve come to realise that they take as long (if not longer) to make. Some of our matching leads have also gone up, again, due to the extra time and materials involved.
  • One of the biggest improvements to the site is the addition of add-ons to each product page, so you can add your nameplate, bling, etc. right there on the same page without having to go and look for them.
  • The product images are bigger and more detailed … mostly. Some still need to be updated. More about that later.
  • If you’ve bought something from us before you can add a review (glowing preferably) on the product page for that item.
  • You can now pay by bank transfer or credit card.
  • Shipping is calculated by weight and destination.
  • We have a new ready to ship section where everything is discounted.
  • The Ruthless Leather and Ruthless Photos blog used to be combined, but now it has it’s own home right here and you can subscribe to it by email.
  • There’s a huge gallery of photos of dogs wearing our wares.
  • There’s also a lengthy page of testimonials from our happy clients.


Will there be a relaunch special?
Why yes, yes there will. It’s a little self-serving, but hey, a discount is a discount! Dave was none too keen to make me seventy million new samples just so I could re-photograph them for the new website (and now that I’ve compiled the list, I don’t really blame him) so we came to a compromise – we’re offering a 15% discount on the following items as an incentive for you to order the things I need to photograph. If what you want is listed below you can email me for a voucher code. There’s only one code for each item and it will only be valid for a week, so you’ll need to use it asap. You may request more than one code if you wish to buy multiple items on the list.

Narrow training collars:
The No Frills (t) (n) – black and brass
The Bubbler (t) (n) – burgundy and silver

Regular training collars:
The Stud Muffin (t) (r) – brown and aged brass
The Decoder (t) (r) – burgundy and aged brass
The Lone Rocker (t) (r) – chestnut and silver
The Nautilus (t) – chestnut

Wide training collars:
The Trixiedog (t) – chestnut and black and brass
The Urban Cowboy (t) (w) – brown and silver and blue
The Asteroid Belt (t) (w) – brown and brass
The Stud Muffin (t) (w) – chestnut and silver

What about flat collars??
If you wish to purchase any of our listings that have a recycled photo from the old website (on the wooden table with a white wall behind it) you can email me for a 10% off voucher code. You’ll need to order the same colour leather and hardware as the collar in the current listing though (we may be flexible on certain items) and the neck size needs to be average for that design, not huge or tiny. In some cases we may have already made and photographed a collar but not added it to the website yet, so best check if this is the case before asking for a voucher code.

Coming soon
Very soon we’ll be wholesaling our No Frills line of collars and leads. If you’re interested in selling these, our most popular product, to your clients please email us for more details. We hope to be launching some new designs this year also, so keep your eyes peeled for them.

I want my order and I want it nowwww!
We’re so appreciative of the fact that many of you have waited a very long time for us to reopen and Dave will be working hard to get all your hand-made goods out to you as quickly as possible, but in the event that we’re absolutely slammed with orders can I please ask that you bear with us while he makes his way through them all.

Without any more waffling on, we welcome you to OUR NEW WEBSITE! If you see any typos, or find anything that doesn’t work, please let me know.

Ruth [+ Dave + Angel + Chopper + Trixie + Bruno]

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then until now | strong leather dog collars

December 12, 2014


This has been a long time coming … a dedicated Ruthless Leather blog! No more sharing with Ruthless Photos. I was going to transfer all the old blog posts over here but then I remembered they’re all 200px smaller in width since the Ruthless Photos blog redesign and I’d need to resave all the images. So yeah, nah! You can still read them all here though, if you’re so inclined.

And because blog posts are much more pleasing to the eye with a photo, here’s Ody the French Bulldog wearing the first ever RocknRolla made with coloured decorations. He’s doing some sterling test driving for us.

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