Articles by Colleen Godin
“I was 17 years old and getting in a boy’s truck for a ride home,” she recalls. “The most popular boy at school! But as I climbed in, my skirt got stuck in my backpack, exposing my ‘nylon butt.’ You know, when a girl’s rear end is smushed into a pair of high-waisted nylon tights.”
Seven years ago, two dudes were marveling over the impressively giant cheese-and-crackers spread at the ANME trade show, eyes wide like a couple of teen boys walking into an adult store on their 18th birthdays.
As company founder and CEO at kink- and BDSM-focused manufacturer XR Brands, Ari Suss has built his one-room-office ecommerce outfit in Maryland into a national household name in pleasure products.
New Yorkers have a reputation for not f-ing around, and pleasure advocate Carly S. brings that no-holds-barred NYC attitude to her unabashed brand of sex education. An adult industry freelancer-of-all-trades, Carly is brashly unafraid to throw the realities of sexuality straight into your face.
On Jan. 1, the team at CC Wellness rang in more than just another new year. The start of 2023 marked a huge milestone for the veteran lubricants manufacturer: the company's 20th anniversary.
Somewhere in Arizona, there’s a newly retired guy buried in a pile of books, trying to hold an awkward yoga pose while contemplating which hiking trail to hit this weekend. To the surprise and sadness of many pleasure industry veterans, that guy is Joe Casella.
Full-body restraint benches, handcuff-bedecked sex couches and dragon-shaped dildos once seemed like the stuff of dimly lit, back-alley porn stores, but not so much anymore — and definitely not if XR Brands has anything to say about it.
Of all the homemade masturbation devices created by many a crafty young lad, very few have what it takes to see the light of day as a viable consumer product. Luckily for the men’s pleasure product sector, one such lad had business chops to match his teenage experiments.
As 2022 has become something of a Grand Reopening for store owners across the globe, retailers have understandably faced new anxieties. Kit Richardson, however, remains undaunted.
Yet another “accidental sex toy career that spun itself into an industry success” story? It’s beginning to seem like the best way to create a thriving pleasure products business is to avoid trying too hard to make it happen.
Unlike many of her colleagues, who stumbled upon fulfilling careers in pleasure product sales or marketing, Hustler Hollywood’s Signe Jarvis began her journey hoping to become a sexuality professional.
It's rare to find a powered penis stroker that isn't focused on the “big finish,” but that's exactly what the MyHixel I sets out to prevent — at least when it happens too soon.
French sensual body product and lubricants maker Exsens is a brand with a plan: to provide and empower women with a sexy, superior experience in the bedroom and bathroom.
It’s not a genuine trip to Sin City without popping into an adult store. Nothing concludes a night out at the clubs, casinos and bars quite like giggling at a wall of dildos with your drunk friends.
Sensual cosmetics and body products are creating their own special sector of the pleasure industry.
When BDSM is a lifestyle, consumers trust industry experts like Farah Shaikh of Rouge Garments to provide them with the quality to match their cravings.
When Team Sliquid is in the house, you know there’s bound to be a party, and the party doesn’t start until Dean Elliott walks in.
As niche and specialized as the pleasure industry may be, some of our best-known brands don’t just succeed because their founders know sex; they triumph because they also know business.
By now, we’re used to hearing that COVID kicked up sex toy sales around the world. While plenty of pleasure businesses struggled, many more reported an enormous upswing in consumer activity — including the British team of big thinkers at Creative Conceptions.
If it doesn’t happen under lock and key, Tom Nardone isn’t interested in selling it. From the bedroom to the bathroom, Nardone is the king of capturing consumers who could use a little assistance in their most vulnerable moments.