On Saturday, May 1, 1987, the world's first specialised condom shop Condomerie opened its doors. The expectation was that the HIV virus, would quickly spread throughout the world. General sexual hygiene and use of condoms became essential: Safe Sex was the motto.
Specialised condom shop
Condoms were obtainable from pharmacies, chemists, sex shops and vending machines. There was, however, little choice or good information. It was time for a specialised condom shop with a wide selection, expert information and good service. The aim was to remove the taboo surrounding the sale of condoms and provide proper information about the different types and sizes available in an unselfconscious manner.
The opening earned a lot of attention in the Dutch media and worldwide publicity followed. The news was everywhere: "Two women in Amsterdam have opened the world's first specialised condom shop”.
Now, more than 30 years later, the Condomerie can still be found in the heart of Amsterdam. We also have a webshop and a wholesale business. Our Condomerie Foundation supports initiatives that promote Safe Sex.