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Erotic Couture

There is a world-wide trend toward erotic luxury and more intelligent sex. Perhaps it’s a post-porn backlash – a response to content that is largely devoid of authenticity and aesthetic value. In the wake of falsified experiences and really bad lighting, people are craving something real. And beautiful.

– shiri zinn’s $2500 rose quartz Minx

We see lingerie companies like La Perla and Agent Provocateur with an emphasis on high quality, sleek design and beautiful materials. Agent Provocateur was founded by Joseph Corre, the son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren. The site received an overload of traffic a few years back when director Mike Figgis filmed Kate Moss in a series of dream sequences wearing AP lingerie. There was also the matter of a phenomenally sexy video with Kylie Minogue and an electronic bull.

Sex toy designers like Jimmyjane and Lelo make pleasure objects that are carcinogen-free (most sex toys contain phthalates, which are toxic, leeching plastics — not the optimum choice to insert into one’s body!), very ergonomic and exquisitely beautiful. Jimmyjane has won design awards for its innovative pieces that feature rechargeable motors and collaborations with artists like Jamie Hewlett and Yves Behar. Lelo makes the world’s most expensive dildo – a gold-plated, $10,000 piece of heaven called Ina.

Especially for women, toys can help find the G-Spot and expand clitoral pleasure. Beautifully sculpted glass dildos also create a lovely visual show for a partner. The toy in the above image is Shiri Zinn’s $2500- Minx (I own one). I mention it in my Georgia Straight interview and it’s an incredible work of art. Fashioned with rose quartz (known for its healing properties), Swarovski crystals and a marabou feather, it’s so pretty that it even comes with a display stand.

Locally, we’re graced with Tart Boutique, which carries many such items. Their Venetian, masquerade-themed launch party next week features a special guest: a gold-plated gentleman’s G-Spot toy called Earl. I hold my Sexual Savant Salons at Tart – a perfect, boudoir-esque environment in which to talk about sex and then find objet d’art to take home and play with.

A shop like Tart is the perfect place to visit with a partner or on your own. You can expand your pleasure and artfulness with sex via lingerie, toys and a well-vetted selection of books, from Araki to Urban Tantra. Knowledgable staff can help you decide what’s best for you. Plan a trip down to Granville Island or accomplish two things at once and attend a salon!


The Art of Pleasuring a Woman: Friday August 20th, 7-9pm

For all their mystery, there are keys to unlocking women. Learn techniques to set her on fire. It’s all at the tip of your tongue – both in how you talk to her and how you touch her. Open your woman with your words, sex toys and sexual positions. Make her feel safe enough to succumb.

We’ll delve deeper into the three types of female orgasms: clitoral, G-Spot and cervical. What are their qualities and how do we get there?

$50- (plus hst) includes sushi aperitifs, aphrodisiac chocolates, wine and 20% discount on purchases that evening.

Tart Venetian Masquerade Ball: Friday August 27th, 7:30pm

Evening to celebrate the official launch of Tart Boutique. With complimentary hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails and live music. Only those on the guest-list will be admitted. To ensure entrance, email rsvp@tartboutique.com with your name and number of guests.

I’ll be putting on a short presentation on G-Spots, to inspire people on how to use the night’s guest of honor: Earl!

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