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Bid on PASSIONAL @PLPN Sept 30

Posted in Charity begins at PASSIONAL, Community, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Men's Style, Snapshots on September 22, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night is happening in September this year and PASSIONAL is dressing two of our hometown titleholders with head to toe outfits that can be exchanged within 14 days for in-stock items at our store!

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If you have never been to Philly Leather Pride night, you will find a smorgasboard of active community members coming together from deep and wide for a night of charity fundraising hosted by Jo Arnone. There is a reception and Intimate Conversation with Sir Guy before the auction and a throwback dance party hosted by the Onyx Pearls at the end. You can even buy tickets HERE right now !

PASSIONAL has recruited two local titleholders: Ms Philly Leather 2017 Raquel and Philly Fetish Z Onyx, to sell the clothes we have donated off their bodies.

Raquel will be modeling and selling our Warrior Corsette (the one she has is size 24 but is exchangable up to a size 42 within two weeks at PASSIONAL) and 4-way stretch neoprene Felicity Leggings and matching Felicity Halter by French fetish designer Patrice Catanzaro (Raquel will model size Small, but exchanges can be made within two weeks for sizes XS-XL). She will be armed with the longer thinner billy jack (our most popular thuddy impact toy) which is not exchangeable

Philadelphia Fetish champ Z Onyx will be sporting a cargo kilt,  (his size 52 can be exchanged for sizes 28-54″ at PASSIONAL within two weeks) Kilt belt (size 49 can be exchanged within two weeks for 28-50″ belt) and sleeveless uniform shirt (his size 5X can be exchanged to XS-4X within 14 days) . Z will be brandishing the 1″ stocky, wider version of our leather billy jack (not exchangeable)

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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.

Naughty or Nice at the Right Price!

Posted in Community, Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Men's Style, Rubber Lover on December 23, 2016 by Kali Morgan

Whether your gifting will focus upon the good, the bad or the beauteous this season, PASSIONAL is prepared to provide you with the pefect pollyanna , the sexiest secret santa, or the most amazing ensemble with which to ring in the new year!

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The facts, and simply the facts are what we need to help you get a good fit on the perfect gift. For womenswear (including feminine gender expression styles and corsets): The key sizes needed are US dress size and US shoe size to box up awesome cocktail party couture or after hours minimalist fantasy. For menswear (including masculine gender expression styles and chest harnesses)  : The key knowledge needed to help you find a good fit is US Pant size (in inches) and US Unisex T-shirt Size (XS-6X) and Shoe Size. If you give us these numbers, we can help you choose a great outfit that should be a decent fit! What’s more, we will box it up and give you a bow to present with your package and provie a gift receipt so any imperfect sizing issues can be fixed before the end of the year.

Not sure what to get? We have great gifts to fit every budget, and we have separated these items into Nice (gifts you can give family members or workmates) and Naughty (for special eyes only).

Let’s start with Nice gifts (in case you thought you would have to go to the mall for fashionable accents)

Nice and affordable (Under $50)

Nice & Affordable For Him: Natural fiber and campy underwear from BearSkns – A guy hasn’t  truly found comfort months until they have slipped into bamboo boxer briefs, and luckily BearSkns makes a body-positive brand that comes size XS-6XL. They also have fun “bear camo” and other colorful styles of masculine underthings

Nice & Affordable For Her:  Dechronic glass pendant. Our current collection is handcrafted locally and features a variety of nature-inspired designs. Although commissions are welcome, we are sorry we cannot guarantee custom before the end of the year. 

Nice and Affordable For Anybody: The Rogue and The Wolf makes unique unisex jewelry with dark design schemes and nature inspired shape. Also unisex T-shirts and Tank Tops are a favorite any time of year and winter makes a great excuse for Hats and other headgear.

Nice Investments (under $200)

Nice Investments For Him: All of our fabric kilts are less than $200 but so are some of our new geekerific rubber designs by Latex 101 with fan favorite designs inspired by The Transformers, Ghostbusters and Batman

Nice Investments For Her: The vast majority of our current  corsets  fall in the under $200 pice range, but so do our wigs if there is a cosplayer on your list who wants stylable hair in imaginitive color combinations. RockStar wigs also donates a wig for each of their wigs that sells so you can truly give a gift that keeps giving.

Nice For Anybody:
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provide handy storage for anybody and can clip onto belt loops or slip over a belt or harness for serious utility. Other legwear featured can be enjoyed by many or any who wear or watch these items in motion!

Lovely Luxuries: No limit
For Her:  We have acquired a collection of custom corset dresses, skirts and gowns from our hometown creators Delicious Corsets


And now for some naughty!

Naughty but Affordable (under $50)

Naughty but Affordable For Him: Vegan, sexy and absolutley affordable the Neo-Skin Harness is a great option for underwear or over the clothing cosplay.

Naughty Affordable For Her Strapped- up cupless bra and crotchless set one size 29.99 or the Little devil headband 24.99 for inspiration

Naughty but Affordable For Anybody: Ring eye mask 29.99 makes anybody anonymous for mysterious magic! For a Daddy, Dominatrix or even an object this unisex mask will have multiple applications.

Naughty Investments (Under 200)

Naughty Investments for Him:  Check out the leather spiked g string w/ pouch 189.99 that comes complete with a snap of pouch and an internal glory hole or the naughtier than naked kilt jock.

Naughty Investments for Her: We recommend the Warrior corset 159.99 and Side buckle leather skirt 109.99 that functions as a mini skirt with revealing buckles connecting the front and back panels of what might otherwise be a loin cloth.

Naughty luxury (sky’s the limit) 

Naughty Luxury For Her Ellen Durkan’s Fettered Fantasies range in price from $75.00-$4K. Is it extravagant bondage or luxury fashion? Or both?

Nauthy Luxury For Him: Check out the leather Military Jacket with fully tailored features and lovely finishing from Northbound. We don’t even have a photo for this on our website, but you must stop by the store and try it on!

 

Custom Couture Corsetry by Delicious

Posted in Community, Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Fantasic Femme Fashion, SALE!! on December 9, 2016 by Kali Morgan

Our hometown corsetmakers , Delicious Corsets have always been our PASSIONAL heroes, but now they can be your holiday hero thanks to an exclusive collection of customized pieces made for photos and fashion shows that we are selling at ready-to-wear prices – just in time for the winter holidays! If you want to stop traffic at a holiday party or wrap a partner for an unforgettable night out on the town, check out these exclusives!

 

Diabolique Ball 20: Futurotica

Posted in Community, Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Events, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Footwear Fetish, Gift Guides, Men's Style, Miscellaneous, PASSIONAL Persona: Photo Contest, Rubber Lover, Transform Yourself on November 12, 2016 by Kali Morgan

Philadelphia fast forwards to the erotic future for Diabolique Ball 20: FUTUROTICA Saturday, Nov. 19th 8pm to 1am Voyeur Nightclub. 

Native and alien species will swarm to Voyeur Nightclub in Philly’s colorful Gayborhood on November 19th to be bad for a good cause, as they have for every year for twenty years.

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This year, FUTUROTICA brings to life dreams of a glossy sexy future of sensual streaming of cybernetic fantasies, electronic erotica and hybrid human and engineered mechanical life. FUTUROTICA invites beings and peoples of all pervsuasions to indulge in an erotic utopia where all are welcome to enjoy the naughty possibilities that the future holds: voyeuristic views, decadent dancing, lascivious libations, prolific play, creative kinky costuming and exotic entertainment. In all corners of the omniverse the mission is unified: raising fun and funds for a wicked good cause!

Two decades after Philadelphia’s first Diabolique Ball, this fun-filled fetish masquerade is returning to its traditional date, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Diabolique Ball has never borne any resemblence to the charity events of former generations.  A cosmic combination of costumed anonymity, sinful soundtracks and mischievous merriment make this event famous for fetishists and voyagers alike.

The future  kicks into high gear with unforgettable performances from Sapphira Cristal, Josh Schonewolf, and Los Angeles based headliner Jewel Marceau. Mid-Atlantic fashionista’s Passional Boutique, Delicious Boutique, and BabyLoves Latex will all showcase their next generation collections on the catwalk. Ball attendees will be able to do the Robot to DJ sets from Totentanz in the Lux Lounge downstairs, and magnetic music of Mighty Mike Saga on the main floors.

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Diabolique’s infamous dungeon will satisfy even the most salacious appetites. Open improvisational interaction is encouraged on equipment provided by The Aviary.  Charity play stations operated by local players and professionals allow guests can try out anything from spankings and tickling to  electrical play and more in exchange for donations to Trans Lifeline charity.

Fashion warriors of the future will enforce the famously strict Diabolique dress code of fetish, fantasy, or formal, but that doesn’t mean that it will be tough to find the perfect outfit. Outer space leather gear, futuristic metallic vinyl or latex, androgynous adornments, LED trimmed cat suits and as much chrome and metallic as you can stand — all of it’s perfect for this scifi-inspired event.

Super cybertronic souls, generous contributors and celebrity guests who desire an additional dose of decadent debauchery can purchase upgraded VIP tickets to the ball that include exclusive access to the VIP balcony lounge seating  til 1am, complimentary hors doeuvres and two hours of open bar from 9pm to 11pm.

Although Diabolique Ball officially ends at 1am, guests are invited to keep their dance going with members of the nightclub at the Exhibitionists After-Party, that will last until Voyeur closes at 3am.

Each year, Diabolique tickets raise thousands of dollars for charities that provide vital services to Philadelphia’s diverse communities: This year’s beneficiary is the Trans Health Information Project of GALAEI.

For complete ticket prices, performer info, guest list, dress codes and rules, etiquette and inspiration, visit the official FUTUROTICA website at www.diaboliquephilly.com.

Tickets, are available online or at PASSIONAL Boutique at 317 South Street $50 for until November 18th, $60 November 19th. VIP Tickets are an additional $50.

Who: Diabolique Foundation, Inc

What DIABOLIQUE BALL 20: FUTUROTICA

When: Saturday, Nov. 19th 8pm to 1am

Where : Voyeur Nightclub 1221 Saint James Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Why: Be Bad for a Good Cause! Tickets benefit Trans Health Information Project, Play Stations benefit Trans Lifeline

More info : www.DiaboliquePhilly.com

Tickets : $50-100 www.DiaboliquePhilly.com or from PASSIONAL Boutique, 317 South St., Philadelphia

Win $100 #PASSIONALhalloweencontest

Posted in Community, Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Men's Style, Miscellaneous, PASSIONAL Persona: Photo Contest on October 3, 2016 by Kali Morgan

It’s that time of year, and to celebrate the creative spirits that have acquired couture from our collections, we are doing our annual photography contest and it it easier than ever to enter your photos ! Do you think you have what it takes? Or are you not sure? Check out some of last year’s finalists:

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Each year for the past four, we have collected images from our customers and had the PASSIONAL public and our in-store stylists choose a winner from the submitted photos to win tickets to Philadelphia’s Diabolique Ball and a $100 certificate to the grand prize winner. A runner-up s will receive one ticket to  Ball.

In the past, you had to email us photos. But this year, you can enter multiple ways:

1- email your photo to passionalstaff@gmail.com
2- post the photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PASSIONALhalloweencontest
3- bring a photograph into the store during store hours
4- mail a photograph to PASSIONAL Boutique 317 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Rules:

  1. Photos can be cell phone or professional, but they must clearly feature at least one product purchased from PASSIONAL Boutique. Please include a description of your costume and the PASSIONAL fashions used. One entry per participant, please!
  2. No nudity can be displayed in the photos (as a body positive store, we don’t personally mind, but we want to post the winners on public networks that prohibit nudity)
  3. Online posts must be hashtagged #PASSIONALhalloweencontest or we won’t be able to find them for consideration.
  4. Photos must be submitted by 11:59PM Tuesday November 1
  5. Winners will be selected by November 10 and notified by November 12.

Need some inspiration?
Check out entries from our 2015 and 2014  contests!

 

 

 

Haute Fashions for Warm Weather

Posted in Community, Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Events, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Transform Yourself on August 6, 2016 by caseyjbragdon

Our PASSIONAL lives have been active here in Philadelphia, with ongoing road shows and festivals where we have introduced some fun new styles and a whole collection of summer looks, and it is high time that we promote the new goodies to the world on our blog and in our store!
There is still time to dress up in our summer 2016 collections
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For colorful fashion rebels:

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We acquired a new kilt style with a removable apron that we featured with a Rainbow bib for starters- we can special order any solid color (or rainbow) bib. Also worth checking out in store (no photos on line yet) is our Denim Deluxe Kilt and a fully restocked collection of tie-dye or dyable kilts locally crafted by our hometown kilt hero Amerikilt. If your summer burns you though creative and colorful festivals like Burning Man, these are great options for all kinds of fun in the sun!

For Devotees of Dark Fashion:

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Summer is still here, and the vampiric amongst us are active all  the night. Check out the occult-inspired summer styles from Kill Star and @TrippNYC that will not compromise the blackness of your summer spirits.

Leather Lovers: We can do it!

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The new lambskin Warrior Corset is a functionally femme-tastic armored hourglass that  features a detachable toolbelt for just $159.99 in sizes 20-42.
Is it  a kinky binder or classic formalwear? Our brand new lambskin Men’s Corset Vest  gives a fetishistic twist to menswear and is ready to integrate into cosplay, fetish or even formal looks for just 199.99.
The great news for leather lovers:  these leather styles hold up in outdoor settings for SCAdians, festival fiends and exhibitionists at an affordable price! If leather is your first love, make sure to join our PASSIONAL Fashionista group on Fetlife.

 

For drag divas, burlesque babes , campy kings and kinky cosplayers:

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PASSIONAL  has reinvented our selection of legwear, lashes and wigs including a great new stylable selection from @RockStarWigsaccessories, gloves as well as human hair stashes  for those wanting to butch it up a notch. And while we are on that subject, don’t miss the upcoming 10th Anniversary Show with Liberty City Kings this October who feature performances by the alter-egos of our  favorite PASSIONAL people who perform by the dark of nightclub- bring your own alter-ego in costume for their fantastic tassel twirling competition!

Exhibitionist Fashion Fantasy: 

 

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For those whose fashion philosophy falls along the lines of “less is more,”  PASSIONAL has just acquired three different campy and functional underwear styles sizes small – 6XL from BearSkns, a jock strap that serves more as leather decoration that athletic support and have restocked classic Bodystockings for exhibitionist summer adventures while the sun is still hot.

Queer casual:

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Pride month kicked off our presentations of new  gender-affirming styles (both at the Trans Health Conference and online, and now in-store) including affordable new tube binders,  summer binders and cotton tank tops with sewn-in binders at more affordable, and therefore more accessible price points, as well as customizable summer-weight tanks and T-shirts that allow you to express your tribe affiliations.

These collections of summer styles have debuted in our store or on our website at www.passionalboutique.com as well as the PASSIONAL Merchant tents  at Camp Crucible,  Fusion (June 22-27),  PEX Summer Festival ( July 1-4) ,  and Leather in the Woods II  (July 25-26) and will make appearances at Fetishcon (Aug 11-14 ) and DO Summerfest before Summer 2016 is over !