Great queer fetish shops you should know about
In Berlin, there are many great queer fetish shops catering to all preferences: from sportswear and leather, to rubber and BDSM. Place2be.Berlin writer Jeff Mannes shares his expertise and introduces six shops where you can find what you're looking for.
Sven Appelt Rubber (SAR)
There are many fetish shops, but not all of them offer repairs. At "Sven Appelt Rubber", however, that's no problem. Do you have a hole or a tear in your latex outfit? The repair service will mend everything for you. But above all, "Sven Appelt Rubber" offers outfits for diverse desires: from bondage and fisting, to watersports and puppy play, to skinwear and wrestling, among others. (jm)
Sven Appelt Rubber
Uhlanstraße 170, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Sven Appelt Rubber's website
If you're looking for accessories for the evening, you'll probably find them in the "Boxer" shop. You can recognise it from afar by the big, black dog statue at the entrance. There is a wealth of the usual, sexy, fetish brands on offer. If you're quick on the uptake, you're sure to be able to complete your outfit here - and you're in good company, by the way: "Boxer" even featured in the first German queer TV series, 'All You Need'! (jm)
Eisenacher Straße 11, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
GEAR and Rubaddiction
Have you already noticed them? They are the t-shirts that feature a unique term from the fetish scene and a distinctive arrow: for example, ‘Puppy’, ‘Owned’, or ‘Sneaks’, among others, are emblazoned on the front of the T-shirts. They all originate from the GEAR Shop in Schöneberg. Not only can you purchase T-shirts with your favourite kink printed on them, but also lots of fetish clothes and toys. On the upper floor there is a large leather selection, huge dildos showcased behind a large display case, as well as sportswear and sneakers. In the basement, you'll find Rubaddiction's extensive rubber department. (jm)
You're dying to go to the famous "CarneBall Bizarre" party at "Kit Kat Club"? Then treat yourself to an outfit at "Hautnah"! Here you can find really unusual and eccentric nightlife outfits for different genders. The collection comes across as a mix of kinky and classy evening wear. In this way, it shows how sexually appealing even the fine wardrobe can be. Highlights include a black cotton kilt and metal chains. (jm)
Hautnah Eccentric Fashion
Uhlandstraße 170, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Hautnah's Instagram account
In a way, "Other Nature" is the flagship of the queer-feminist scene in Berlin. This is because it is an alternative, vegan, and environmentally-friendly sex shop for all genders. The shop sells high-quality, ecologically sound sex products and toys, in contrast to the usual mass-produced merchandise. If you want to see why and how sex and activism have always been intertwined in Berlin, you shouldn’t miss "Other Nature"! (jm)
Mehringdamm 79, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Zwischen U Mehringdamm und U Platz der Luftbrücke
Other Nature's website
One of the best-known fetish shops in the gay Regenbogenkiez in Schöneberg is "Butcherei Lindinger". It offers craftsmanship with a passion: the most unusual fetish clothes are made to measure in the in-house studio. The team also welcomes and implements special requests. For example, I find the chain mail fascinating, and it is on permanent display in the show window. The motto of "Butcherei Lindinger" is at all times: "Every body is special and we give your body the perfect covering." (jm)
Motzstraße 18, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Butcherei Lindinger's website
No matter how far the way from the fetish bars around Nollendorfplatz may seem - rubber friends are happy to make the journey to the north of Berlin. For in the Prenzlauer Berg district, the "Blackstyle" team satisfies all their wishes. In addition to suits in various shapes, the selection also includes accessories such as shackles, masks and boots. Rubber lovers can shop the wide assortment or have their measurements taken. (red)
Seelower Str. 5, 10439 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
S+U Schönhauser Allee
Website of Blackstyle
dos santos Lederatelier
Petra dos Santos is a Berlin fetish designer and leather tailor. In the 'dos santos Lederatelier' she also fulfils unusual and customized requirements. To make an appointment or visit the showroom, simply get in touch by phone or e-mail. In the Place2be podcast, Petra dos Santos reports on her experiences in the fetish capital, Berlin. (red)
dos santos Lederatelier
Mehringdamm 119, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Phone: +49 (0)30-505 999 19
Website of dos santos Lederatelier
Leather tailor and designer, Petra dos Santos, gives an insight to behind-the-scenes in a fetish workshop in the Place2be.Berlin podcast (in German language). Have a listen!
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Words: Jeff Mannes (jm), editors (red)