Not that well known outside Germany until recently, catsuit specialist Fantastic Rubber has just won 2012’s European Fetish Award for Best German Brand, turning Tony Mitchell’s pre-award interview with owner Peter Pick into a timely piece of star-spotting
If you were to ask any group of latex catsuit aficionados which companies today make the hottest suits on the market, several names would be put forward, and one of them would certainly be Fantastic Rubber. This German firm, based in Panketal, about half an hour’s drive north east of Berlin, may not yet have the international profile of the biggest names in the industry. But in the last couple of years it has grown well beyond the domestic market that provided its early customers and made it, for a while, one of Germany’s best kept secrets.
Indeed, with half a dozen fulltime employees and sales of a thousand made-to-measure catsuits every year, Fantastic Rubber is a lot bigger and busier than its rather quaint web presence might at first suggest. Fantastic Rubber doesn’t just make catsuits: it also has corsets, dresses and other latex styles in its repertoire. But it is for those body-hugging one-piece garments that the firm is, justifiably, most renowned. You only have to look at a few photographs of them by the likes of Raymond Kerrin Larum (its chief photographic collaborator) or Marcus Gloger (who shot June’s cover- story images of Kari Berg) to understand their appeal.