(Note: This story appears in the October 2021 issue of Storerotica Magazine)
Restraints, such as handcuffs, can have different meanings to different people. If worn on the street then you’re f*cked, but if worn in the bedroom you’re screwed — but in that good way! In this Special Focus, we’ll focus on cuffs, restraints, ropes, kits, and other products that test the tiers of kink and help consumers explore the wonderful world of bondage play.
What is your best-selling piece of restraint wear and why?
Temptasia & Noir lines
Blush offers two lines in this category: Temptasia and Noir. Noir offers a beginner assortment of items for those looking to add more adventure and explore more sensation play.Temptasia gets a bit more adventurous – with rope and cuffs and tape etc. One of our most popular restraint items is the Temptasia Bondage Tape (available in red and black).
This lightweight tape is an ideal way to create blindfolds, gags, or to bind a lover to any surface without the mess of adhesive tape. It’s perfect for spontaneous play, easy to use, and a fun way to expand your dominance and submission play. – Nancy Cosimini and Tawney Seren, Blush Love, Sales Manager and in-house Sex Educator
Leather Padded Locking Wrist Restraints
Japanese Style Bondage Ropes
Our Japanese Style Bondage Rope; rope is such a versatile tool that can be used for beginners and experts in restraint play, it makes sense that it has such a wide consumer base. – Thao Dipolito, Doc Johnson, Marketing Manager
Under the Bed Restraint System
The Under the Bed Restraint System. This product offers a ton of position possibilities. The cuffs are detachable and can be used even when not using the entire set. You can also turn this product into a sling when cuffing your ankles to the straps which come over the top of the bed. This product is not only versatile but user friendly.
Along with the Under the Bed Restraint System, there is the Special Edition Under the Bed Restraint System, Sex & Mischief Bed Bondage Restraints, and the Edge Under the Bed Restraint System. With all these sets, there is no need for bedposts to get tied up! In fact, with the adjustable straps you can even play outside the bedroom. I always recommend two sets, one to keep under your bed and the other to move around the house and travel with. You never know where the mood will hit you. – Sylvia Lopez, Emily Silva and Julia Harney, Sportsheets, Customer Experience Manager, Private Label Specialist, and B2B Sales Manager
Traveler 10 Piece Restraints & Bondage Kit
The Traveler 10 Piece Restraints & Bondage Play Kit comes in a stylish BDSM fantasy travel briefcase and is available in two stunning colors: Black with a rose gold python pattern; and Maroon accented with Black. The 10 Piece kit includes a mask, leash, collar, two wrist cuffs, two ankle cuffs, two cuff chains, two nipple clamps, a ball gag, a whip, and paddle. – Elliot Schwartz, Nasstoys, President
Ball gags have been consistently on the top. We regularly hear from our customers that they love the design of our ball gags, the sturdy construction and the fact that the gag is extremely comfortable even when worn for longer periods of time. – Julie Kowaleski, Lulexy, Owner
Scandal Bed Restraints
Our Scandal Bed Restraints are designed to fit under your bed, so the user is ready for anything. The heavy-duty design also makes it perfect for all levels of play. – Nichole Grossmann, CalExotics, Director of Marketing
The entire Diamond Collection from Whipsmart has been a huge success for us. The combination of quality materials with the affordable price point has really worked. The MSRP on all nine items varies between $10 and $40. Each piece is also available in two colors: black and blue. The blue color is unique within the fetish community. When the collection first launched earlier this year, the blue items sold out almost immediately.– Andy Green, Xgen Products, President
6 Piece Bed Retraint Bondage Kit
Our 6 Piece Bed Restraint Bondage Kit in our Strict line offers everything you need to dip your toe into the bondage/restraint world. It includes wrist and ankle restraint straps that attach under your bed, ball gag, satin tie to use as a blindfold or tickler, paddle and feather ticker — super fun, convenient, non-intimidating and exciting for couples to try something new at an affordable price. – Rebecca Weinberg, XR Brands, President
Eldorado: Quickie Cuffs from Creative Conceptions
Eldorado’s best-selling piece of restraint wear is Quickie Cuffs from Creative Conceptions. These strong but flexible silicone cuffs can stretch to fit over anyone’s hands or ankles, which makes them a great, non-intimidating, highly-affordable beginner restraint product. – Preston Garland, Eldorado, eldorado.net.
Janra Distribution: Sportsheets Em.Ex. Active Harness Wear line
Our best-selling piece of restraint wear is the Em.Ex. Active Harness Wear line by Sportsheets. These harnesses are specifically designed with comfort in mind for the consumer to wear all day and night. They are made from a soft fabric with a built-in nitrile O-ring that provides durability and stretch while keeping your favorite accessory firmly in place. The problem with most harnesses is that they are made from firm tethers that can dig into the skin and cause irritation to the user. They are also very hard to clean and sterilize after use which is one of the main selling points for the Em.Ex. Harnesses. When playtime is over you simply toss it in the wash with the rest of your undergarments and you are all set for your next bedroom adventure. – Megan Swartz, Janra Distribution, Inc., janra.com.
Williams Trading: Sportsheets Under the Bed Restraint System
Our bestselling item of restraint wear is actually a classic item: Sportsheets’ Premium Under the Bed Restraint System. Its popularity stems from the fact that it will fit any mattress (even a California King) and can be used vertically or horizontally on the mattress. The cuffs and tethers are well made and comfortable, too. Sportsheets has long held a top position in the bondage category, so it’s no surprise that this item is our best-selling bondage offering. – Rachel M., Williams Trading Co., williamstradingco.com.