Gay Shopping in Tiapei
Taipei has a very sophisticated gay scene and its shopping scene reflects this sophistication. Local men want to look their very best, spend time on their appearance and are aware of global trends, often setting new ones as they work to have the latest look and the hottest body. The following shops cater for the gay man in Taipei and are well worth a visit.
Body Formula, a chain of boutiques in Taipei was founded in 2004 and offers a range of swimwear and underwear for men together with a range or t-shirts and other items featuring international brands. They have two stores in Taipei, one at the Red House (183-1, Xining South Road) and the other at No 14. Lane 205 , ZhungXiao East Road Section 4).
OTOKO Mens Boutique
Otoko is another gay store located in the Red House. The store specialises in selling a range of international clothing including tanks, tees, undergear and swimwear brands. Europeans may be unfamiliar with some of the brands but they include well known designer labels from Asia including Singapore’s New Urban Male and the famous Hong Kong DAIGO range.
Tough Factory is a favorite of muscle boys and gym bunnies. The boutique offers a range of sexy Bear Clothing as well as a wide range of fitness supplements and comes complete with a tanning salon. Everything you need to look good the next time you hit the sauna or dance floor!. Take the MRT to Ximen Station Exit 6. The stores motto? – “made for gay customers, sold by gay staff who are proud to be gay”
Finally, no shopping trip in Taipei could be complete without a visit to ’0416X1024. This T-shirt brand’s quirky pen-and-ink illustrated designs and playfully wacky sense of humor have earned it a cult following. Their trademark is a zany mixture of puns and the occasional swear word. T-shirts, stationery and accessories are printed with designer Liao Chen-hung’s pen-and-ink illustrations, which feature characters with gas bubbles emerging from their behinds or whispering “fuck” while hidden behind a row of polka dots.