Yes, the Leather Man carries an array of intimate adult devices and ephemera, and is not for the uptight. In April, the Christopher Street store will celebrate its 50th anniversary, a remarkable achievement for an independent mom-and-pop or in this case, pop-and-pop in the gentrified West Village. But the half-century milestone, and the store itself, encompass much more. The Leather Man, which predates the Stonewall riots, traces the evolution of modern gay culture, from substrata of society to mainstream. The dressing rooms even have black leather curtains. The shop is renowned for its tailored-to-fit pants, nonpareil in their construction and authenticity, and staff craftsmen will customize virtually anything.
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Inside, past three sets of doors and a changing room cordoned off with an old tarpaulin, is a shadowy warren of alcoves, cages and dark corners. Knee-high leather boots hang from iron chains looped through ceiling hooks like fetish bunting. A gregarious barman greets regulars while hairy-chested musclemen appear on a small screen next to an ice bucket.
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