A Wizard behind the screen of Geeky Philly

Posted in Community, Costume Carnival, Events, Miscellaneous on May 20, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Cosplay Prom is this Saturday, and  Philly’s geeks will celebrate with a party created by local geekster Jason Richardson. To celebrate this annual occasion, PASSIONAL interviewed Jason about all the geeky inspriationthat helped make this an annual event! Born and raised in a Jamaican family from Philadelphia, Jason Richardson grew up geeky and worked as a graphic designer for a solutions company for 10 years before  turning freelance. Now he produces local events, runs J1Studos and hosts geek talk radio show called Black Tribbles Thursday nights on 106.5 and Philly CAM internet radio

He credits his Mother, who worked at UPenn bookstore in the 80s for introducing him to all things geeky when she brought home books on science as well as comics and other nerdy reading. In the ramp up to his Cosplay Prom this weekend, we interviewed Jason about his history, exploits and future plans.

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What was the first nerdy event you attended? My first event was Otakon in the early 90s, an anime convention where for the first time I met massive amounts of other people with similar interests. Was exciting to meet other nerdy people- especially other nerdy people of color. Which when I was young nerdiness you were told was a “white thing.” Just going and seeing that there were other brown folks that were nerdy was amazing- When I was in West Philly I was told I was a sellout trying to be white because I was into comic books .
Since then there has been more people of color getting comfortable expressing their nerdiness , even though there is still racism and sexism sometimes when POC and women “represent their geekdom”  at conventions and other places.

What wast the best party geeky you ever attended? I go to quite a few cons as a guest, supporter or contributor even as a fan and they are all great. My best experience was an anime convention in San Antonio Texas Antarctic-Con  when I was 16 I skipped school bought plane tickets and flew with a friend to Texas to meet al to of my my favorite artists who worked for Antarctic Press. I was even given a job offer to work on a manga (anime inspired graphic novel) called Robo-tech but I chickened out because I was young and didn’t think I was good enough… I have kicked myself ever since for not going for that opportunity so now I try to take any opportunity I can.

How did you start throwing parties? When I started J1 Studios I wanted to create events to bring people out and I loved the idea of conventions and I wanted to create small events where people come together to be nerdy with me. In 2009 I a started video game tournament and people came out to compete and win money playing fighting games like Street Fighter. All of my events are funded out-of-pocket

Tell us about the Cosplay Prom: Cosplay is so cool and people are passionate enough to be the characters that they love so much. We held contests at our (early)  events for best cosplay and I liked the idea of creating a cute safe prom setting because traditionally prom is a place where introverted people like nerds and geeks have a hard time expressing themselves.  I know that there were lots of nerds out there that were afraid of prom and didn’t go to prom so I created this event to cater to that demographic.
Did you miss out on your prom? Want to go to a nerdy prom? Was your prom “meh”? Want to cosplay and dance?” (My event is an) ALL AGES prom where you get to show up in cosplay to dance and have a great time- in a gym, with dance lights, a DJ, and balloons!! Mingle, eat, party, and dance!
The first cosplay prom I started three years ago with 40 so nerds at a South Street pizzeria. Last year it moved to Old Pine Center and brought out almost 100 people in spite of April snow on the day of the event. This year we won awards that have sparked the interest of more people because folks loved the performances, snacks and gymnasium setting of the prom.  A photographer is also included in the price of a ticket with a backdrop.   As much as possible with my limited budget I try to create a nerdy prom experience for the people who go.

Tell us about this year’s event on Saturday:
We got Snacks from D’Emiloi’s Old World Ice Treats
DJ Tygermouth  with Traps and Trees will be doing the dance floor.
There will be a live performance from from singer, songwriter, cosplayer Racheael Rota
Photographer Shinob-E will be posing and taking prom pictures.
There are prizes from  Philadelphia’s Sanrio retailer Asia Crafts who have donated 2 gift baskets with action figures and more for the two winning cosplayers at the Cosplay Prom and a raffle winner will get tickets to this summer’s J1Con.

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This year guests can opt to enter a raffle to win FREE TICKETS TO THE NEXT J1-CON!
ONLINE (add $5 for ‘at door’ prices):
$15 for Standard Ticket
$20 for Standard Ticket + 1 J1-Con ticket raffle
BUY TICKETS HERE

****** A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, the rest will go towards J1-Con *****

SAVE THE DATE FOR J1CON: This August 26-7 J1 con will be happening at 820 Spring Garden St in Philadelphia.

April Showers Bring… French Wetlook!

Posted in Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Men's Style on April 25, 2017 by Kali Morgan

The skies are cloudy in Philadelphia where we have collected the most awesome seeds of sexiness and style.


Thanks to French fetish designer Patrice Catanzaro, the fantasy flowers are blooming early with luxurious 4-way stretch wetlook and shiny patent vinyl looks that are perfect for #veganfetish and #shinyfashion fantasies!

Valentine’s corsets for a lifetime!

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Miscellaneous on February 12, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking for the parfect gift for yourself or a loved one? If you want a firm fashion foundation that is guaranteed to last, pick up one of these brand spaking new styles from Black Iris corsets. All of these styles are backed by Black Iris’ Lifetime Warranty against defects- If your corset breaks they will repair or replace it, and you can conveniently handle warranty claims through us here at PASSIONAL.

My Vinyl Valentine

Posted in Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Men's Style on February 12, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking for fun, flirty fetishistic fashions to share this Valentines? Look no further than this new collection from Patrice Catanzaro!

Today is our 21st Anniversary!

Posted in Events, SALE!! on February 6, 2017 by Kali Morgan

21 years ago today (ish), PASSIONAL (then known as Fetishes Boutique) began a home-based catalog business. Two decades and a year later we have all kinds of new opportunities on the horizon including a new website and a ton of upcoming projects!

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Bring us an anniversary card to the store today, and save 21% off an item of your choice. Or post an anniversary greeting to the PASSIONAL Facebook page for an online discount code. If you are feeling especially celebratory,  treat one of our staff to a beverage of their choosing!

We will be celebrating all day in-store til 8PM. Come by and say “hello”

Free Corsets & More til Sunday- BOGO FREE

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Men's Style, SALE!!, Transform Yourself on February 2, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Love is in the air, and as we step in to a cocky new year, what better excuse to celebrate her upcoming 21st anniversary then to throw the biggest Department Sales we have ever thrown in our history!

Stop by with a friend (or a suitcase to stock up) now through Sunday, February 5 and you can take home a free corset of lesser or equal value with any Corset you purchase.  This in-store only sale includes men’s corsets, and select corset dresses applies to in stock merchandise only (all sales final although warranties still in effect)

Not just Corsets- BOGO FREE
Men’s Boxers and Briefs sizes S-6XL

But the party does not stop with corsets, we are also giving away designer men’s fabric underwear for free with each underwear purchase of equal or greater value. This in ludes fabric briefs and boxers sizes S-6XL by Andrew Christian, Greg Homme, Male Piwer and Bear Skn

FINAL DAYS to spend your rewards

Posted in Miscellaneous on January 30, 2017 by Kali Morgan
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Happy New Year!  Redeem rewards thru 1/31/17

Did you shop in our store during 2016 and give us your name? If so, you get 5% back to spend for up to a 50% OFF discount on a purchase (or you may choose to spend 100% of your rewards on our clearance rack of final sale items for FREE merchandise)now through January 31, 2017.

Stop by our store or look over our newly unified website to see what you want and need. If you are a member of an organization that is a PASSIONAL Affiliate,  make sure to mention it to our cashiers you will receive an additional 10% off your entire purchase.

To redeem your rewards in store, simply ask  our cashier to look up your account, and we will apply your rewards to your purchase. If you find merchandise you would like to acquire online, email Kali a link to the item you would like to purchase with your rewards. Kali will email you a Paypal invoice that indicates the final price of your purchase with your rewards applied. Once you pay the invoice, we will ship your order or hold it for pick-up in store for up to 30 days.

**Please note that all 2016 rewards must be redeemed by January 31, 2017 or they are forfeited**

If you have any general questions about rewards, please call PASSIONAL at 215-829-4986 and we will find you answers.

We wish you only the best in 2017, and are looking forward to seeing you soon!