And finally, if you're hell-bent on shopping at a store that's not locally owned, we'd have to recommend U.K.-based Agent Provocateur, owned by Vivienne Westwood's son. We can't help but salivate over the Love Cream Love Garter ($50), a delicate lace piece with cream embroidery and silk ribbon detail. Or, for darker moments (in our millionaire dreams), we'll take the Telescopic Whip ($590), a retractable accessory with a snap and wrist-hold made from metal and available in either black or red. BDSM on the go? Yes, please.
54 Geary, SF. (415) 421-0229, www.agentprovocateur.com