Established 1969. Operating ever since.
Our story goes back to the 1920s, when the family business operated as Salem Hosiery on Madison Avenue, New York City. Michael Salem spotted a trend after customers at their Madison Avenue store would ask for items for their wives, but in the wrong sizes. With no place for these customers to go and discretion required, he went after the business and had a clothing line made for men in large sizes.
Today, Michael Salem Boutique caters to around 600,000 crossdressers in North America, many millions of potential transgender clients worldwide as well as local businesses in the theatre district of N.Y.C. Some of our clients include former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, actor Donovan Leitch and the ABC soap opera costume department.
Despite our growth from a small family owned store to a global business, we continue to supply the same drag artists from our neighbourhood with size 17 heels, breast forms, Marilyn wigs, large-size sweater sets and taffeta gowns.