US trade magazine Xbiz staged its annual industry awards event on Friday 15th January at the JW Marriott at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. A broad spread of companies were recognised, including, in the Pleasure Products category: CalExotics (Pleasure Products Company of the Year — Full Range), We-Vibe (Pleasure Products Company of the Year — Sex Toys and Couples Sex Toy of the Year: Passionate Play Collection), Bijoux Indiscrets (Luxury Toy/Line of the Year: Twenty One and Sensual Accessory Product/Line of the Year: Magnifique Collection ), Vibratex (Sex Toy of the Year — Powered: Magic Wand Rechargeable), Pipedream Products (Sex Toy of the Year — Non-Powered: Icicles Gold G1), Jimmyjane (Innovative Sex Toy of the Year — Design: Form 5), Epi24 (Innovative Sex Toy of the Year — Technology: Womanizer), Topco Sales (Male Sex Toy/Line of the Year: CyberSkin Twerking Butt), Perfect Fit Brand (Male Pleasure Products Company of the Year), Fleshlight (Gay Sex Toy/Line of the Year: Fleshjack), Empire Labs (Specialty Product/Line of the Year: Clone-A-Willy Plus Balls Kit), Lelo (Excellence in Product Packaging), Doc Johnson (Marketing Campaign of the Year — Consumer: Ask The Doc Consumer Educational Marketing Program), Screaming O (Marketing Campaign of the Year — Business: OBob and Bachelor/Bachelorette Product of the Year: SnorkelO), Fantasy Lingerie (Lingerie Collection of the Year: Curve), Coquette (Lingerie Company of the Year), Nexus Range (Sexual Health Product of the Year: Revo Intense), Trigg Labs (Sex Lubricant of the Year: Wet Silk), Sliquid (Sex Lubricant Company of the Year), Kama Sutra (Sensual Bath & Body Product of the Year: Lover’s Traveller Kit), Sir Richard’s Condom Company (Condom Manufacturer of the Year), Kheper Games (Adult Game of the Year: Adult Charades), Sportsheets (Soft Bondage Product/Line of the Year: Sexperiments), Fun Factory (International Pleasure Products Company of the Year), Lovehoney (Progressive Pleasure Products Company of the Year), Hot Octopuss (Boutique Pleasure Products Company of the Year: Hot Octopuss), and Shots America (New Pleasure Products Company of the Year). In the Retail & Distribution category, the winners included Lovehoney.com (Online Retailer of the Year — Pleasure Products) and Eropartner Distribution (International Distributor of the Year).
Susan Colvin, founder and CEO of CalExotics, said: “Pleasure Products Company of the Year is an incredible award to win and solidifies our place at the top of the pleasure products industry. Thank you to our customers and partners, we wouldn’t be here without you.”
Speaking of the three awards picked up by Diamond Products’ brands – Pipedream, Jimmyjane, and Sir Richard’s Condom Company – chairman and CEO Nick Orlandino said: “We’re proud and honoured to be recognized by the 2016 Xbiz Awards. I want to thank Xbiz , our customers, and the growing Dream Team for these important awards. We’ve worked very hard the last couple of years to expand our range and continue to offer the best products at a fair price. To receive this triple honour keeps us motivated to remain the #1 pleasure products and sexual wellness company in the world!”
Jimmyjane president Robert Rheaume added: “It is always an honour to be recognised by our peers and the industry. This year was especially rewarding, as our entire team has put a lot of effort into launching new Jimmyjane items and incorporating Sir Richard’s into our family of brands. These awards are for the entire team, and for our retail and distribution partners who have supported us this past year.”
Screaming O’s Conde Aumann said: “It’s always an honour to be recognised for our marketing prowess and creative development. We’re consistently complimented by customers and clients who appreciate our fresh approach, and The Screaming O would like to thank everyone who voted for us in these categories.”
Coquette vice president of sales and marketing, Marcus Horea, said: “We are thankful to Xbiz for this award, but also incredibly thankful to our designers, graphics team, and everyone behind the scenes bringing Coquette to customers around the world. Every time we are recognised in the industry for excellence, we are reminded that we work with such a terrific team.”
Eropartner Distribution co-founder Chris Bakker said: “We are greatly humbled and honoured to have received the award for Best International Distributor. Recognition by one’s peers is one of the biggest compliments, and my congratulations and thanks go to our team for working continuously at the highest level of performance.”