At Crave, we stand for two things above all else: empowering women to own their pleasure and great design. So with those principles in mind—and the help of Crave co-founder and designer Ti Chang—we’ve rounded up 10 awesome and unique gift ideas that your friends and significant others are sure to love. We've included a few Crave toys, of course, but we have no financial affiliation with any of the other brands or products featured here. We simply think they’re awesome!Read More
We are delighted to complete our International Masturbation Month celebration in discussion with Emily Morse, the popular sexologist and host of the Sex With Emily podcast.
Who inspires you and why?
In my personal life, my mom has been a huge inspiration to me. I’m grateful for the hard work ethic my parents instilled in me, even though getting a job after school was the last thing I wanted as a 14 year old. Working consistently, however, taught me the power of dependability, humility and determination.
I’m also inspired by people who don’t accept their status quo sexual experiences—who are willing to be vulnerable and commit to learn more about their sexual desires and, more importantly, learn how to communicate those needs to a partner.Read More
We are delighted to continue our International Masturbation Month celebration with Hayley MacMillen, who introduces herself here:
As Refinery29's Sex & Relationships Editor, I write a weekly sex column, The Bed Post, which explores what holds us back from the sex and love lives we want to lead, especially shame and stigma; edit essays from talented freelancers; appear on Refinery29's Facebook Live talk show Sexcess!; and cover all things sexuality, gender, and relationships. My job also involves lots of sex-toy testing, which is one of my favorite perks. In my past life, I did communications for health nonprofits in East Africa, and the belief that guided me then guides me now: Health is a human right, and fully realized sexuality is a central part of it.
Who inspires you and why?
Right now, I'm inspired by Samantha Bee and her show Full Frontal. She doesn't hesitate to lampoon ineptitude or ignorance wherever it appears, even if it's on the part of someone who shares her liberalism. "Speaking truth to power" is a cliché by now, but that's what she's doing. And I am loving Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow's discussions of menstruation politics (and everything else) on their podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Their conversations are nuanced, frank, and not just shame-free but proud. None of these women are apologizing for centering "women's issues"; they're challenging why we section off issues relevant to women with this label in the first place.Read More
We are delighted to continue our International Masturbation Month celebration with Shannon Boodram, author, tv host, and sexologist. Stay tuned for more interviews with women we love throughout the month.
Who inspires you and why?
In life, my family. They are perfect people. Who really gets to say that? In career: Esther Perel and Dan Savage. I literally have never heard one single thing from these people I do not agree with. And I love their delivery. Ya know there's a Google talk with Esther and Dan - clearly I exploded after watching it so now I am typing to you in tiny parts.Read More
We are delighted to kick off our International Masturbation Month celebration with Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn. Stay tuned for more interviews with women we love throughout the month.
Who inspires you and why?
People inspire me. People are just wonderful. I meet so many incredible people making their way in the world in really interesting ways, and read about so many more.Read More
I returned from Costa Rica last week, where I spoke at the 6th annual FID Costa Rica, a multidisciplinary design festival of 2000+ creatives, designers, architects, and artists across all disciplines, including graphic design, industrial design, architecture, culinary, and fashion. I was truly honored to share the stage with luminaries like Carl Sprague, Marian Bantjes, Eike König, Big Team Architects, and many more.Read More
We're nearly sold out of our first limited release of the Crave Bullet Vibrator, and we wanted to give you a look behind the scenes at how we went about creating this modern version of a classic toy.
Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on creating entirely new categories of sex toys, connecting both with people who loved sex toys and were ready for something new as well as with people who had never considered a sex toy before because they didn’t find the available products appealing.
And both the people who adored sex toys and the people who were put off by sex toys told us about bullet vibrators. They loved the compact size and shape. It was a perfect first vibe for someone who didn’t want a giant vibrating phallus that took up half the nightstand drawer space. And it worked with harnesses and cock rings and dildos and other toys, solo or with a partner.
But for some people (including most of the people on our design team), there was just nothing sexy about a small cheap plastic toy with a loud buzz and expensive batteries that was hard to use and challenging to clean. We wanted no part of it, and yet we found ourselves curious about why people found them so compelling, even when more innovative products were starting to come to market.
The more we talked to people, the more we began to understand. The simple shape of the bullet was approachable and unassuming. The small size was compact and powerful. And the compatibility with other toys really made it a must-have.
Could we honor what people loved about their bullet vibes and yet wholly reinvent them? Could we bring our design and engineering creative problem-solving skills to the challenges this toy presented? To be honest, it was a bit harder than we imagined. Maintaining the classic 60mm size for compatibility while incorporating a rechargeable power source was no small feat. Rethinking the button control to avoid inadvertent on/off pushes was also more difficult than we expected. And securing all of the components in a fully-waterproof housing was also an engineering challenge.
The finished product, our new Crave Bullet Vibrator, is a reflection of all of this: the conversations we had with customers, retailers, and friends over the years; a desire to preserve the delights of the form while eliminating the compromises people have settled for; and an entire year of design, prototyping, engineering and manufacturing. We are thrilled with the results and hope that you will be too.
Our newest toy will launch on Feb 1st, just in time for Valentine’s Day -- but we want to offer you early access and a special discount for being part of our Cravings community.
The Crave Bullet is an exciting new reimagining of a classic vibrator, the versatile 60mm bullet that works both as a standalone vibe and in harnesses, dildos, and other toys.
A traditional bullet vibrator may be versatile, but it’s also typically poorly made, with cheap plastic, weak vibrations, badly-placed buttons, and worst of all, expensive disposable batteries that need to be replaced frequently.
With innovative features such as USB rechargeability, luxurious and durable materials, a smart button redesign, and waterproofing, the powerful Crave Bullet is a sleek and sexy knockout.
We had some amazing entries for our Scary Sex Story Contest -- sexy tales of chills, thrills, and frightening encounters. For our winner, we picked the one that will give us nightmares for the rest of our lives. Don't say we didn't warn you...
We were walking across Broad Street on our way to a meeting, when out of nowhere my partner grabbed my arm and whispered loudly in my ear, ”I want to try anal sex,” as if it was an urgent matter needing immediate attention. "Now?" I asked. "Don't be silly, not now. But let's not forget to do it." There was really no chance of me forgetting. It's not every day that she says things like that in the middle of a four-lane thoroughfare.Read More
Facebook censorship. We’ve all seen it -- the controversies over images of women breastfeeding, classical art depicting nude figures, and breast cancer survivors, among others. We navigate this carefully on our CRAVE Facebook page to make sure we don’t run afoul of the ever-shifting boundaries, but I never imagined that my work at CRAVE would result in Facebook censoring a line of coat hooks I designed!
I have been an industrial designer my entire career. I received my undergrad in Industrial Design at Georgia Institute of Technology and my masters at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London in Design Products. I’ve honed my skills at large corporations working on consumer products and home accessories such as hair brushes for Goody, bicycles for Trek, and modern furniture and accessories exhibited at Milan and IMM cologne fair.
When I graduated from RCA, I exhibited my cheeky Knife Hooks (pictured above) at my final show. I’ve now sold these handmade coat hooks for a number of years through design sites such as Fab.com, ThinkGeek.com, TouchofModern.com, Bezar.com, and MikMak among others. I’ve since expanded the line to include Knife Magnets, and continue to manage this as a fun side project in parallel with my work at CRAVE. I set up my new DesignHustler site and Facebook page to promote my home decor line, and decided to purchase a Facebook ad to spread the word.
Imagine my surprise when I received the message pictured above.
Now I can’t imagine that Blake of Facebook really thinks these hooks and magnets are adult toys, which brings up issues I can’t comment on and that they should probably speak to trained professionals about. So it appears because of my day job designing elevated adult toys, I am being blacklisted by Facebook from ever promoting anything else I design -- even if it has nothing to do with adult toys. It is alarming that a powerful platform like Facebook would decide that because I design sex toys, I am not worthy to utilize their ads to promote anything else I design. These are coat hooks and fridge magnets, people. My Facebook DesignHustler page clearly articulates that is a “home decor” brand founded by yours truly and I share my bio as any designer would.
It is not uncommon for designers to work on a variety of products and projects -- should Facebook be able to decided that once a person has designed certain genres of products they can just be blacklisted from the marketplace?
With great power comes great responsibility. Come on, Facebook. You can do better.
Ti Chang is the co-founder and VP Design of CRAVE, and runs DesignHustler in her spare time.