Despite its French moniker, this famous lingerie brand was actually born in England.

Joseph Corré, the son of punk fashion queen Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols' impresario Malcolm McLaren, opened a lingerie store in Soho in 1994. When he and his partner (now ex-wife) Serena Rees couldn’t find the kinds of underthings they wanted to stock, they launched Agent Provocateur. The line quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, and today, femme fatales from Soho to Silver Lake save their pretty pennies for sexy knickers, waspies, bras and corsets. Agent Provocateur also peddles beauty products and swimwear. If you’re feeling particularly frisky, take a peek at their accessories section and shop for "Eyes Wide Shut"-style masks, handcuffs, pasties and crystal whips.

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