Best sex-toy shop for sniffing leather (2008)

Purple Passion

What would S&M be without the sweet smell of tanned cowhide? Well, it would probably still be S&M—but nowhere is sadomasochism a more aromatic experience than at Purple Passion. Unassuming from the street (that is, if you ignore the two male mannequins chilling in the window, tastefully decked out in studded restraints), inside Purple Passion is a den of dark, leathery goodness. Though they carry the standard sex toys, fetish wear is their real specialty. Need a latex mask? A gag shaped like a dog bone? What about an entire row of pleather maids' uniforms? The more elaborate items can get pretty pricey—like a pair of sumptuous leather restraint mittens tragically tagged at $220—but the selection, the friendly staff, and the emphasis on education makes up for the money. Plus, it's a great spot for beginners and experts alike. Go ahead, ask stupid questions: "What does this do? You mean, like that? But that hurts!"

Location Details

211 W. 20th St.
New York NY 10011


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