Kate Moss, Brad Pitt, Naomi Campbell, Rhianna, Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus (who famously accessorised her flesh-coloured AK bikini with a foam finger) and Lady Gaga (who wore her red rubber outfit to meet Her Madge The Queen): the list of celebrities who’ve been pictured in Atsuko Kudo’s multi award-winning couture latex is longer than Rapunzel’s crowning glory.
The rubber clothing specialists are known for their fine filigree details, custom leopard and lace prints, striking colourways, and their perfect tailoring - resulting in a fit that doesn’t sag, bag, bulge or pinch, but instead sucks you in and pushes you out in all the right places. Vacuum-pack yourself in AK, and you will look and feel A-list.
You may have to take a deep breath to afford their items as well as to wriggle into them, yet the investment is reflected in the superb quality (and beware: Time Out have seen a lot of badly constructed latex being sold online of late, often made from rubber that’s far too thin and can easily tear, for an unsightly sausage-out-of-its-skin look. Buy off the peg or commission something custom-made. Check out the line of handmade Italian leather footwear they stock, too, featuring straps that double as ball gags and heels in the shape of butt plugs. Perfect if your partner needs a kick up the arse.
Atsuko Kudo is number 96 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.