With its active hiking, paddling, and skiing culture, gay Seattle is home to outdoor outfitters Arc'teryx and Filson, offering flagship stores and expansive outlets for both. But fashionistas will not be disappointed by the shopping opportunities of the Downtown mall, Wallingford Center, or University Village. Seattle also has a few stores catering specifically to its large gay community.
UnderU4men is Seattle’s favorite underwear, gym wear, and swimwear store exclusively for men, with brands like Aussiebum and 2(x)ist that you won’t find at your local department store. The store is located in a cute “Charles Dickens” charmed home complete with a fireplace.
For some vintage steals, check out Out of the Closet, a thrift store that offers free HIV testing. All proceeds benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Lumbersexuals will love perusing the shelves of Filson’s American-made flannels. The store is also a great stop for visitors who forgot their layers in colder months.
Blue Owl Workshop is a popular men’s store offering a chic collection of luxury brands from around the world with a preference to Japanese fashion houses like Blue Blue Japan and Tanuki. Their collection of raw denim is unmatched.
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Wild At Heart is another popular adult store with a huge selection of sex toys and BDSM accessories. While not specifically gay, the store is incredibly queer friendly.
Amateur and expert kinksters love Doghouse Leathers on Capitol Hill. The only thing better than its extensive in-house leather line is its outstanding customer service. Custom pieces are available, as well as a wide selection of pup play articles.
Finally, you can’t visit Seattle without visiting the massive Nordstrom flagship store. It has all your favorite recognizable brands… but try not to get lost inside the mammoth store: it takes up an entire city block!