House of Milan
House of Milan was originally founded as a fetish clothing company called Futura Fashions. The business started in 1964 and continues today as HOM. During the 1970`s HOM became one of the main producers and suppliers of fetish /SM magazines, videos and sex toys. House of Milan was founded by Yogi Klein, cousin of Lenny Burtman, and Barbara Behr. House of Milan followed fairly closely the mix of products available through Burtman`s businesses. Whilst offering products such as contact magazines like "Latent Image", House of Milan also offered products such as fetish clothing through a retail outlet at their Chicago business premises, becoming the first retail fetish clothing outlet in the United States. House of Milan`s first fetish clothing catalogue, sold in adult bookstores throughout Chicago, was in fact the unsold copies of a 1960 Burtman catalogue with House of Milan`s name and address printed in an unused white space on the cover. They then set to work in sourcing manufacturers of fetish items and marketing them through their retail outlet in Chicago. Barbara Behr slowly assumed control of House of Milan and in the 1970`s moved the business to California, changed it`s name to HOM and diversified into publishing and expanded greatly, producing glossy colour magazines. Yogi Klein stayed in Chicago.
Because of their relatively small circulation, compared with mainstream adult magazines, most bondage magazines were printed in black and white, except for the cover and centerfold. In the 1980s and 1990s, experiments were made with adding more color content, but most magazine content remained black and white. They contained little advertising content, and were therefore entirely supported by the cover price.
Typically, each magazine consisted of several multi-page pictorials of tied-up women, often with a fictional narrative attached, and one fictional story of three or four pages in length. Sometimes pictorials were replaced by artwork by a fetish artist. Another type of magazinewas the "compendium magazine", usually consisting of a large number of individual photographs drawn from previous magazines, without any linking story.
Directed by photographer Barbara Behr in the '80s HOM was well known for the work of Robert Bishop which graced the covers of their novels and were collected by them for publication. They published work by Brian Tarsis, SMS, Lou Kagan (who also did a photo series for them) and authors Frank Campbell , John Savage and Geoffrey Merrick. During Barbara Behr's creative leadership in the 1980s, House of Milan developed into one of the best bondage companies in the United States.
As a magazine editor, Barbara was known for her willingness to lead the magazines in new directions. Many of the magazines she helmed had "Letters to the Editor" sections that were just as fascinating as the photo spreads. In terms of content, the ropework became tighter and more varied, and Barbara photographed some of the most beautiful bondage models of the time. Barbara's magazines are now long out of print, available only through collectors or search services. Barbara sold her interests in HOM and the company is now owned by Lyndon Distributors Limited and continues to publish material today.
The name "House of Milan" came from the city of Milan, Illinois, a city about 100 miles south-west of Chicago.
Some of HOM's longest-running titles have included:
- Bondage Classics (1972 - 1991)
- Bondage in the Buff (1982 - 1999)
- Bondage Photographer (1982 - 2000)
- Bound to Please] (1972 - 1999)
- Captured (1975 - 1999)
- Hogtie (1972 - 1992)
- Hogtied (1993 - 1999)
- Hush (1993 - 1999)
- Knotty (1971 - 2000)
- Latent Image (1972 - 1995)
- Now, Darling (1983 - 1992)
- Punished (1978 - 2001)
- Slave Auction (1985 - 1992)
- Strict (1982 - 1997)
- Tied & Tickled (1985 - 1998)
- Ties That Bind (1985 - 1999)
- Tight Ropes (1980 - 2001)
Besides a wide range of titles for magazines, House of Milan also produced bondage loops. One series of video tapes, Bondage Classics, was a compilation of the 8mm and super-8mm that HoM had produced. Most had a musical sound track, as the original 8mm film were without soundtracks
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