Diamond Products, in union with the New York private equity firm Brookstone Partners, has added Jimmyjane to its list of adult pleasure product companies. Diamond will now be the parent company of both Pipedream Products and Jimmyjane, two award-winning companies in the industry.
Kiroo, "the first social platform with an intimate touch," quite literally lives up to its motto by solving the number-one most complained about issue in a long-distance relationship: lack of physical intimacy. The new company plans to create a social platform that will allow individuals to be intimate in the third dimension, complete with a separate device for both men and women—the SVir and the OPue, respectively—that will send out and receive sensory data to the partnering gadget. The SVir is a device resembling a masturbator with eight contracting rings inside, while the OPue is a high-tech vibrator that sends out a signal to the SVir.
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Major retailers Wal-Mart, Rite Aid and Brookstone aren’t wary when it comes to stocking pleasure products on their shelves; however, investors and banks still have yet to get onboard this multi-billion-dollar industry. But what is making them so hesitant?
"We're in this weird in-between stage," says Brian Krieger, the co-founder of Minna Life, a sex toy start-up based in San Francisco who recently used the crowdfunding site IndieGogo to raise money for their new toy Limon partly due to frustration with traditional avenues. "Most people don't personally think vibrators are taboo, but they think everyone else does. I want to tell investors, 'You're not the only one! Nobody cares!'”
But sex toy entrepreneurs shouldn’t lose hope. Michael Topolovac, the Chief Executive of Crave Inc., says he was surprised how easy it was to raise $2.4 million from angel investors since launching. His advice? “Good businesses get funded, and less compelling ones don’t.”
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Williams Trading Co., currently celebrating its 40th year in business as a key distributor in the adult industry, is now carrying Dorcel's Luxury Collection. Developed by Marc Dorcel, the renowned parisian producer of high-end pornographic films, the Luxury Collection is an expansion of the empire borne from Video Marc Dorcel. The meticulous crafting of the design, and high quality production that fans have come to expect from the company's films has been parlayed to their novelty brand.
By now, everyone has read about the innovative products developed by Suki and Brian Dunham of OhMiBod. Now, they've created a brand new buzz at CES—quite literally—with their new BlueMotion massager that strategically fits into a pair of lacy panties. Okay, so you may have heard of a similar product before. But did we mention that this massager is controlled by an app for your smart phone?
"We found so many couples are buried in their cellphones," said Brian Dunham to ABCNews.com. "Usage spikes at night when everyone is getting into bed and are literally snuggling up to their iPads instead of their partners. No one wants to put their phone down. We want to bridge the intimacy chasm rather than fight it."
Canada anticipates unprecedented adult novelty demands this season.
The recent success of PinkCherry, a Canadian online adult novelty and lingerie retailer, has given Canada's adult market a surge of holiday anticipation as Canadian denizens appear to be preparing for an exceptionally steamy Christmas this year. PinkCherry.com is a is family-owned and operated e-commerce “sexual wellness retailer” that first launched in 2008. In November of this year, the site experienced its highest monthly record in wholesale and retail sales since its opening.
"PinkCherry is the story of a thriving business that started from scratch but is also a testament to a huge and growing interest in the sex toy industry in Canada," says Daniel Freedman, CEO of PinkCherry.
And despite the typical ebb and flow of sales during this season thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Mondays, the PinkCherry's overall sales have remained consistent since November.
"As the weather cools down, business is getting hotter,” says Freedman. “... We are fully committed to making sure there will be no silent nights this Christmas!"
Ring in the holidays with a sex toy—and a sandwich—at Splash Sex Shop.
The newly opened Splash Sex Shop in Chelsea, New York City, seems to have a different, although fairly accurate, idea on how to lure in their patrons with their unprecedented combination of two things people love most: Sex and food. The adult store didn’t merely stop at the usual display of all things erotica to get their customers excited. They also incorporated an “American bistro and cafe” in the mix.
"It's straight, it's gay, it's everything," the store's manager told the Daily News. "There's nothing like it in the country. It's one place to eat, drink, shop and do everything."
The store additionally plans to open a bar and lounge to ring in the new year, along with keeping its doors open 24 hours a day. And why not? A quick stop on your lunch break is rarely enough time for the attention and deliberation required when doing some, well, intimate shopping. Cheers to sandwiches and sex toys!
Despite the long held belief that women are anti-porn, a recent poll conducted by British sex toy and lingerie retailer Ann Summers has found quite the opposite to be true. The poll consisted of 300 women and uncovered some fascinating views held by the modern female. Over 85% of the women who participated said that they watched porn as a “fantasy escape,” and that it additionally helped them relieve stress. In addition, 40% had noted that they had made their own sex tape, and a whopping 93% wouldn’t find a problem with their partner watching porn solo. The conclusion? Pornos aren’t going out of style any time soon.
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