ANME Founders Show Kicks Off Summer 2019 Run

BURBANK, Calif.—The semi-annual ANME Founders Show started its latest three-day run Monday at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, with buyers, distributors and exhibits setting up in three spaces throughout the property.

Among exhibitors this time is Zalo, which showcased its new BDSM kit designed and produced in conjunction with UPKO, a company that creates products using premium Italian leather.

Zalo USA President Peter Ovsonka explained the new Doll Series features a collection of products presented on three foam boards and housed in a leather carrying case.

“Our designers came up with the ideas for the luxury product, and we partnered with UPKO, a well-known and respected manufacturer known for its leather pieces, to create the line,” he said.

The wrist cuffs, collar and leash, whip and ball gag are expertly crafted with leather, gold metal accents, and designs of branches and thorns on the leather. The ball gag has a removable silicone rose, while a matching metal rose serves as the handle of the whip.

Ovsonka said the kit—as well as individual pieces which as a crop—will begin shipping in mid-August, and pre-orders are being taken now.

Dame Products is exhibiting at the show, with its newest product—Grip—on display. The new type of stroker looks like a thin silicone tube with textured designs. Grip can be used during color play, or with a partner to enhance oral stimulation.

Rock Candy and sister company Bedroom Products occupied side-by-side booths in the tent area of the show. In each booth, reps have met with a steady stream of existing and potential customers to talk about their newest products, including the Taffy Puller stroker and the Jelly Bean and Fun Size Swirls bullet vibes from Rock Candy and Clean on-the-go wipes from Bedroom Products. The wipes are hypoallergenic and individually foil wrapped for easier use.

Svakom reps proudly displayed a number of the manufacturer’s more popular products, as well as the new Siren, which debuted earlier this year.

“The tips of the Siren are really intense,” explained Alexandro Feynerol, sales manager for North and South America for Svakom. “But users can spread the tips apart and press them against the labia and clitoris for a less intense feeling.”

The Siren is a double-tongued vibe with three stimulation settings and a rounded head for a handle that can also be used for internal stimulation.

FemmeFunn, a return exhibitor to ANME, debuted not only new products, but also new lines at the show. Two new CBD ranges—Hemp Thrill and Nature’s Healer—are now part of the manufacturer’s offerings, while the FemmeFunn range has added the fix bullet vibe and the Momenta dual Kegel balls.

“One ball is a ‘rather,’ and the other houses the motor that delivers the vibrations,” company rep Guz B. said.

Lora Di Carlo is a first-time exhibitor at ANME. Located in the tent area, the company is pre-selling its Ose, a hands-free device designed to deliver blended orgasms. The company made mainstream headlines at the beginning of the year when it fought CES to receive the Robotics Innovation award the show issued and then rescinded in January. The award was restored in May.

COTR Inc. impressed visitors to its booth, where reps showcased all of the company’s brands: Le Wand, Cowgirl and b-Vibe.

New to the b-Vibe brand is the UV Sterilizer Pouch.

“The pouch is lightweight and portable, and delivers an extra level of cleanliness to toys,” said company rep Tracy Felder. “Once a toy is cleaned, it can be put in the pouch and cinched up so it can be sterilized. The UV light is at the bottom and there is a peephole near the bottom of the pouch so you can check on the progress.”

Also new in the booth is the Chrome Collection. The collection boasts five vibrators available in rose gold or black. The petite vibes—Bullet, Grand Bullet, Baton, Deaux and Point—are perfect for travel and can be used or adapted for any number of situations, thanks to textured sleeves and the like. Each of the vibes is USB rechargeable, and comes with a pouch for storage and travel.

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