History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Retail Establishments

Designing Men
Location: 1200 S. 1st St.


May 1995

Male/ female



Designing Men at first occupied just the ground floor, with regular gifts in the front and a smaller room in the back with leather geer. Later also opened the upstairs for additional display room, and launched a related retail wing "Designing Women". Always had a large presence at PrideFest, as well as Madison's MAGIC Picnic. Abruptly went out of business approx. 2002.

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.


Building in 2005

Advertisement, May 1995

Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: 18-December-2005.