Purple Passion

242 West 16th Street
New York, NY, 10010
(Between 7th & 8th Avenues)
(212) 807-0486
Open Friday - Wednesday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Open Thursday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Purple Passion has become the darling of fetishists-in-the-know over the last few years almost exclusively by word of mouth. A selection of fetish "toys", restraints and clothing more diverse than almost any other store in New York is crammed into a tiny shop now so packed with merchandise it"s difficult for more than two or three customers to be inside it at once (the stock has nearly tripled in the last year). Particularly rich in the corset department, Purple Passion has definitively the best selection and stock of sizes (from 14" all the way up to 38", and custom sizing available) in the New York metropolitan area. Other specialties include PVC clothing in various colors, floggers, clamps, and unusual fetish items such as rubber gasmasks and bodybags. Prices are unbeatable — most items are at least 25% cheaper here than at any other local fetish store, and the staff and management are friendly, helpful and goth-supportive.

Commentary by Charles Burns VII, Tuesday, January 13, 1998.