On April 1st, otherwise known as April Fool's Day, several brands decided to participate in the fun of pulling one over on their audiences by offering faux products. Two of the best were the Glass-Bottom Plane by Virgin Atlantic and The IKEA-like Vibrator, the GASM, from Lelo.
The World's First Glass-Bottom Plane from Virgin Atlantic
On April 1st, Virgin Atlantic announced on their site and blog that they are now offering flights to Scotland aboard the world's first plane with a transparent glass bottom.
The blog featured a first-person announcement from Mr. Branson of the new technology:
"I’m thrilled to announce that Virgin has created another world-first with the introduction of the technology required to produce the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. This technological innovation coincides with the start of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ first ever domestic service to Scotland.
In 1984 we started the wonderful airline that is Virgin Atlantic. I am incredibly proud of yet another aviation breakthrough which has been years in the making. I can’t wait to experience the first flight for myself with my family and other natural born explorers.
2012 was a year of celebrating what is brilliant about Great Britain and I’m excited that in 2013 we are continuing this uplifting spirit by developing an experience that will enable Little Red passengers to appreciate the beauty of the British landscape. And with an unrivalled view of Scotland I hope this gives Scottish tourism an even bigger boost.
We hope to trial the glass bottom technology with other Virgin airlines in time and have asked other Virgin companies to support this innovative trial and launch our new domestic Scottish route. This really is a team effort from all corners of Virgin." -- By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group
They even phonied up partnerships for the supposed plane
The UK Mirror's broke the news that the announcement was a joke in a 3pm update of their own article about the plane.
The GASM Personal Vibrator from Lelo
Lelo took their own Swedish heritage into consideration when offering customers the Gasm, their latest green, flat-packed personal vibrator via their site and blog. The hilarious mock product included an instructive video, packaging, line art and instructions perfectly in keeping with the look and tone of the Swedish products offered by IKEA.
Our latest vibrator has a number of exciting features that include:
● Easy self-assembly in as little as 1 minute: put together your own pleasure, and save on production costs!
● On-call LELO representatives available to advise on proper assembly and use of your GӒSM – totally free, 24 hours a day!
● For a greener peace of mind, GӒSM is made from 100% recycled materials like compressed wood pulp and recycled rubber – in a lush shade of forest green!
● GӒSM is powered by a long-lasting battery fully rechargeable with manual hand-crank technology (Allen key included)
● Arrives in new flat-packaging solution for even more savings and reduced environmental impact
● Savings on assembly, shipping and storage go directly to customers, who can get GӒSM for USD 179.99
The announcement ended with the following:
"GӒSM is available from LELO.com and selected retailers starting within the coming week– visit us again soon and discover how helping the planet can be a pleasure! For any further inquiries or request an opportunity to interview the designers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org"
Lelo's was so successful that people continue to request the Gasm from the brand.
Kudos to both brands for a great sense of humor and imagination.
If luxury turns you on, the Luxe editions of pleasure objects for men and women from Swedish-based LELO are just the thing to get your juices flowing. Four sex toys available in Gold (24k gold plate) or Silver (stainless steel) are the first of their kind ever on the market.
Packaged in luxurious velvet-lined wooden boxes printed with "Lust Objectified" inside the lid, the Inez vibrator, the YVA pleasure object, the Earl plug, and the Olga dildo are the most exclusive ways to pleasure oneself or someone else.
INEZ - The Most Exclusive Vibrator Ever Created
In Silver (stainless steel):
INEZ is an elegant and luxurious pleasure object with an energetic buzz, crafted in stainless steel or 24K gold-plate. The metal, enticing and evocative against the naked skin, offers exciting prospects for users inclined to the sensual utilisation of hot or cold. Five pre-programmed stimulation modes and a virtually silent vibrator engine provide the basis for a multitude of enjoyable experiences. Her petite frame ensures discreet yet reassuring company, eager to sate daily desires. INEZ is rechargeable and a 2-hour charge provides up to 4 hours of bliss. Comes presented in an elegant wooden gift box, accessorised with charger, manual, satin pouch for stylish storage and a 1-year LELO warranty.
Gold (24k plated) $13,500 USD
Silver (Stainless Steel) $7,900 USD
YVA - The First Ever LELO Pleasure Object in 24-Karat Gold Plate
in Silver (stainless steel):
YVA is an elegant and luxurious pleasure object, crafted in stainless steel or 24K gold plate, with a deep and resonant vibe. The metal, enticing and evocative against the naked skin, offers exciting prospects for users inclined to the sensual utilisation of hot or cold. Bring her as a discreet guest to the most exclusive gatherings; she is small, exceedingly quiet and never in danger of outstaying her welcome. YVA is rechargeable and a 2-hour charge provides up to 7 hours of bliss. Comes presented in an elegant wooden gift box, accessorised with charger, manual, satin pouch for stylish storage and a 1-year LELO warranty.
Gold (24k plated) $2180 USD
Silver (Stainless Steel) $1300 USD
OLGA - The Luxury Dildo in 24-Karat Gold Plate
In Silver (stainless steel):
OLGA is an elegant and luxurious pleasure object, crafted in stainless steel or 24K gold plate. The metal, enticing and evocative against the naked skin, offers exciting prospects for users inclined to the sensual utilisation of hot or cold. With one end precisely designed to reach and stimulate the G-spot area, and the other fashioned for conventional erotic stimulation, she is truly a lady to be reckoned with. For the most sustained and creative enjoyment, use her in joint play with YVA to combine clitoral pleasure and intense sensations. Beautifully smooth and seamless, OLGA is a joy to the eye as well as the body, and her two individually crafted ends allow a varied experience and a fuller exploration of the user desires. Comes presented in an elegant wooden gift box, accessorised with manual, satin pouch for stylish storage and a 1-year LELO warranty.
Gold (24k plated) $1790 USD
Silver (Stainless Steel) $390 USD
EARL - The Most Distinguished Gentleman's Plug in the World
In Silver (stainless steel):
EARL is an elegant and luxurious gentleman's pleasure object, elegantly sculpted to provide exquisite tension and profound pleasure, crafted in stainless steel or 24K gold plate. The metal, enticing and evocative against the naked skin, offers exciting prospects for users inclined to the sensual utilisation of hot or cold. As a gentleman's plug for deep internal stimulation, including male G-spot massage, he helps the user sustain sensation and reach a new intensity of release. Hygienic, stylish and ready for play, he is smooth and designed with a ring for full control of the sensual experience. Use EARL as you wish, whether it be with a partner for added enjoyment or as a secret companion, worn discreetly. Comes presented in an elegant wooden gift box, accessorised with matching cufflinks, manual, satin pouch for stylish storage and a 1-year LELO warranty.
Gold (24k plated) $1190 USD
Silver (Stainless Steel) $590 USD
Buy the Luxe Pleasure Products here at LELO.
all images and descriptions courtesy of Lelo
Well, step it up to these:
ULTIMATE MEMBER LIMITED
Jimmyjane & Jamie Hewlett Collaboration (the description below is from them):
Immortalized on a limited edition collection, the saucy boys and scintillating girls of decadent London nightclub Kabaret's Prophecy are now available in the light of day. Envisioned by acclaimed pop culture artist, Jamie Hewlett, these ultimate club members epitomize the larger-than-life characters that the paparazzi revere-from randy heiresses and hunky male supermodels, to busty baronesses and pouty designers du jour. With the ULTIMATE MEMBER LIMITED collaboration, Jimmyjane and Kabaret's Prophecy have joined forces to give the characters a new life as pieces of useable pop art.
Bringing new meaning to "the enjoyment of art", Jimmyjane has adorned its award-winning LITTLE SOMETHING vibrators with intricate etchings of acclaimed artist Jamie Hewlett's characters to create a limited edition of 1,500 sequentially numbered vibrators and a boxed collector's set. Buy them here.
Jimmyjane and CITIZEN:Citizen collaborated on a new limited edition design for Jimmyjane's little something vibrator. The new "FU*K LIMITED" is available in both 24k gold and stainless steel, and launched in New York City on May 20th in conjunction with Design Week and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
FU*K LIMITED in Gold ($375)
FU*K LIMITED in Steel ($275)
Buy them here.
above: Inked and Little Steel Tonight vibrators by Jimmy Jane.
Wink Suede Blindfolds
WINK is available in four colors - pink, black, white and brown. Made from over three yards of hand-dyed, bias-cut silk.The supple suede design is soft against your skin and completely blocks out unwanted light.
You can buy any of the four colors here.
Or the pink or black from here.
The Sex Candle
Sexy & scorching hot, the colette Sex candle is back in a Purple's Olivier Zahm designed box, with Terry Richardson pictures & unseen print from artist André.
buy it here.
The Lelo Black Pearl Valentine Edition
With LELO’s basic NEA acting as the canvas, Jesper Kouthoofd has chosen to graphically interpret the romanticised aesthetics of an archetypal sweet heart tattoo. The resulting artwork hints at an age of innocence - vintage 1950 – with undertones of a tender naivety reserved for the realm of pristine love. The NEA herself is a sculptural pleasure object with a porcelain-like finish and deceptively powerful purr. Like all LELO pleasure objects, Black Pearl Valentine is rechargeable and a 2-hour charge provides up to 7 hours of bliss. Comes presented in a discrete gift box, accessorised with charger, user manual, satin pouch and a 1-year LELO warranty.
Buy it here.
Also from Lelo:
Yva is an elegant pleasure objet d’art, handcrafted in stainless steel or 18K gold-plate, with a deep and resonant vibe. The metal, luxurious and evocative against the naked skin, offers exciting prospects for users inclined to the sensual utilisation of hot or cold.YVA is small, rechargeable and exceedingly quiet. Comes included with wooden gift box, universal charger, manual, satin pouch and a 1-year LELO warranty.
Buy it here.
Massugu Adult Glass Blown Toys
The Massugu Adult line, a new division of Massugu Distributing, USA founded on the idea of providing sex toys that are clean, sustainable, durable and beautiful to customers in a safe, private environment. Hand blown glass, they are so pretty, you won't hide these in the 'secret drawer".
Buy them here.
Above: The Designer Mix series of Condoms from One.
See them all here.
Or...enter their condom design contest
May be for the more adventurous but be sure to see the modern and erotic luxury jewelry of Betony Vernon here.
Not shopping for a designer? But still need some ideas for V-day? Then be sure to check out my picks of "Seriously Good Valentine's Gifts"
Or, if you feel like dropping some real coin, my Obscenely Decadent Gifts.