Happy Birthday to Lovehoney! 12 Today! Look How Far We've Come...
Just like any birthday, there will be presents, and not just to ourselves! We'll be giving THREE lucky winners a Lovehoney Deluxe Magic Wand Vibrator Gift Pack, worth £74.99 each! Just comment below for your chance to win. Winners will be contacted by email on Tuesday 22/4/14.
As Lovehoney's Chelsea says, "Every day's a dildo day!" but we've certainly been doing more than just selling dildos for the last 4,383 days! (We've also been selling lube, lingerie and latex, for a start.)
Today, Lovehoney is the UK's biggest online adult retailer. Seeing ourselves on TV in our 6 part fly-on-the-wall documentary series Frisky Business, it's easy to forget where we came from, but it's not always been like this...
Back in April 2002, *NSYNC were topping the charts with "Girlfriend", people of the UK were taking to the streets to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee, and friends Richard Longhurst and Neal Slateford were off down the post office to buy a sex-toy-sized envelope after their first ever sale.
Back then, Lovehoney was spelt with a capital H, and there wasn't a warehouse as such... Rich was storing stock under his bed! That first order was for an Ecstasy Hi-Tech Vibrator and was bought by a very clever woman in Huddersfield for £39.99.
Now, we take over 3000 orders every day, selling everything from Smiley Face Condoms through to the rather large Super Victor! That first rabbit has long since been discontinued, but 12 years on we have a huge range of own brand rabbits in its place. In fact we now have around 6.5 thousand different product varieties in stock - try fitting that under your bed!
The website that our Huddersfieldian friend was browsing that day was very different to the super sleek site you're looking at now. In fact, it wasn't until 2011 that we went all purple and became "The Sexual Happiness People"!
On that day our mascot, Honey, went into retirement, although her cardboard cutouts are still kept at Lovehoney HQ and her face (designed to be a mix between Catwoman and Barbarella) still adorns the big glass doors at the front of the building.
It's not just the site that's changed either... those young whippersnappers walking to the post office in 2002 have transformed into, well, slightly older whippersnappers.
Rich still has his bad puns and Neal is still wearing the snazziest trainers the gentle city of Bath has ever seen, but the Lovehoney family now consists of 156 people and is spread over three continents.
That's a lot of Lovehoney!
Our first non-English language site launched just the other day - Lovehoney.de is how we sell Vibratoren, Kondome and Penispumpen to the lovely land of the Deutschen. It's another step in our mission to get as many people as we can to start living a sexier life.
Finally, I couldn't write a blog about Lovehoney's sexual happiness journey without including this video from times gone by, to show just how far we've come! Oh dear...
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