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10 Bay Area Spots for Your Folsom Street Fair Outfits

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The Folsom Street Fair is almost here, and that means it's time to prepare your bondage looks for the world's biggest leather event. The festival is Sunday, September 27th, from 11am to 6pm on Folsom between 8th and13th Streets—so you only have a few days to get ready. Hit up one of the stores in our handy map, or wait until the weekend to shop over 200 fetish gear vendors at the fair. (Warning: Links on this map are mostly NSFW, so if you want to click during the day, consider decamping from the office to Wicked Grounds.)

The local consensus is that everyone needs to go to the Folsom Street Fair at least once; even if it's not your scene, it will give you the requisite tale to prove your SF street cred.

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Good Vibrations

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One of the newer outposts in this Bay Area chain, the Union Square location has a large apparel selection. Known for its approachable aesthetic, Good Vibrations is one of the least-skeevy sex shops where you can shop for kink kouture.
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Felicity's Fetiche

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This stop is just for the ladies. While Felicity's bondage-themed options are limited, you can still find corsets and more scandalous lingerie options for the fair. More importantly, check out Foot Worship downstairs for your Folsom shoe needs.

Mr. S Leather & Mr. S Locker Room

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The best-known of the bunch, you can find everything from vests to thongs to harnesses…and more. Expect crowds before the Folsom Street Fair; this is the bondage mothership.

Leather Etc.

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Another Folsom Street stop, Leather Etc. has a larger women's selection, and plenty of leather, pleather, and latex costumes and bondage gear for everyone.

Five & Diamond

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If you choose to cover up, Five & Diamond's leather pants, corsets and vests are the way to go. They're relatively modest (considering the festival) but definitely not prudish.
The Castro has no shortage of sex shops, but Chaps (with its Folsom-themed awning) will set you up with leather, too. Despite its location, both men and women rave about the service and selection here.
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New York Apparel

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We first learned about NY Apparel from a burlesque dancer performing in a bondage club. If anyone would have ideas about where to shop for scandalous outfits, it would be her, right? This isn't a bondage shop, but women can find inexpensive, bondage-style clothes at this Haight Street store.

Leather Masters

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For the Silicon Valley crowd, Leather Masters has an extensive selection of BDSM gear and specializes in apparel. Before you hit the CalTrain back to the city, check out their selection of masks.

Sui Generis Consignment - Mens RTW

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Look, we get it. When you think of dressing for a world-renowned bondage festival, shopping at an upscale consignment store isn't the first idea that comes to mind. But Sui Generis smartly curates high-end pieces that are appropriate for the annual bacchanalia.
Yes, we frequently site H&M as a solution to life's costuming woes. But think about it: leather —and that Hedi Slimane rocker look— are huge. And H&M produces budget-friendly options of big trends. At the very least, you can cobble together a passable, faux leather ensemble without dropping a fortune.

Good Vibrations

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One of the newer outposts in this Bay Area chain, the Union Square location has a large apparel selection. Known for its approachable aesthetic, Good Vibrations is one of the least-skeevy sex shops where you can shop for kink kouture.
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Felicity's Fetiche

This stop is just for the ladies. While Felicity's bondage-themed options are limited, you can still find corsets and more scandalous lingerie options for the fair. More importantly, check out Foot Worship downstairs for your Folsom shoe needs.

Mr. S Leather & Mr. S Locker Room

The best-known of the bunch, you can find everything from vests to thongs to harnesses…and more. Expect crowds before the Folsom Street Fair; this is the bondage mothership.

Leather Etc.

Another Folsom Street stop, Leather Etc. has a larger women's selection, and plenty of leather, pleather, and latex costumes and bondage gear for everyone.

Five & Diamond

If you choose to cover up, Five & Diamond's leather pants, corsets and vests are the way to go. They're relatively modest (considering the festival) but definitely not prudish.

Chaps

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The Castro has no shortage of sex shops, but Chaps (with its Folsom-themed awning) will set you up with leather, too. Despite its location, both men and women rave about the service and selection here.
Racked

New York Apparel

We first learned about NY Apparel from a burlesque dancer performing in a bondage club. If anyone would have ideas about where to shop for scandalous outfits, it would be her, right? This isn't a bondage shop, but women can find inexpensive, bondage-style clothes at this Haight Street store.

Leather Masters

For the Silicon Valley crowd, Leather Masters has an extensive selection of BDSM gear and specializes in apparel. Before you hit the CalTrain back to the city, check out their selection of masks.

Sui Generis Consignment - Mens RTW

Look, we get it. When you think of dressing for a world-renowned bondage festival, shopping at an upscale consignment store isn't the first idea that comes to mind. But Sui Generis smartly curates high-end pieces that are appropriate for the annual bacchanalia.

H&M

Yes, we frequently site H&M as a solution to life's costuming woes. But think about it: leather —and that Hedi Slimane rocker look— are huge. And H&M produces budget-friendly options of big trends. At the very least, you can cobble together a passable, faux leather ensemble without dropping a fortune.