Monday, October 27, 2008

Boutique of the Month: Coco de Mer

How many times have you tentatively walked into a luxurious boutique where friendly staff put you at ease and shared with you the fun, forbidden products available?

It doesn't happen often, does it?...but it does at Coco de Mer!

Coco de Mer is an erotic, sensuous boutique that excels in unique products, store details, and customer service.

No matter how exquisite the lingerie and products are at Coco de Mer, their exceptional attention to product selection, merchandising, world awareness, and store details make visitors feel at home. There's the peeking room (to view what your lover is trying on), to fair trade products such as blindfolds made by Burmese Monks that say "The only real Freedom is Freedom from Fear," to luxurious lingerie, to an extensive line of erotic books and more. It's clear that a lot of detail and thought went into the look, feel, and experience in the store.

Customer Service: We were greeted by two fabulous staff members. Dawn enthusiastically shared with us many of her favorite store details and products, and Noey, a harness affectionado, enlightened us about the versatility of harnesses as play wear and fashion. What makes this store exceptional is that the staff clearly loves being there and sharing the store with you. Their excitement is infectious, and it made me want to buy the whole store.

Philosophy: "...The coco de mer palm grows slowly, until its branches release once more its beautiful seed. Like our inspiration, we will grow patiently and strong, providing on the way tactile, sensuous and precious products that are made by the finest craftsmen.

We have very strong and clear ethics at Coco de Mer. All our products are made with the consideration of environmental and human rights. We invest in the talents of local artisans. When we seek a skill abroad we work with small Fair Trade projects or cottage industries.

Ultimately, we hope that our products bring you joy, inspiration and a recharge of sexual energy that translates in the infinite enjoyment of one of life's great gifts.

We, at Coco de Mer, are unashamedly about sex. Celebrate the beauty from which we all come!"

Brands: Aloe, Afterwear, Lascivious, Fifi Chachnil, Damaris, La Perla, Letters of Marque, and several other lines.

Afterwear Iman Bra & Panty (above) are $251 (bra) and $215 (panty). Lingerie carried at Coco de Mer ranges in price from just below $100 to hundreds of dollars.

Highlights: Coco de Mer offers salons every few months. Recently, the Los Angeles store had "Using the 5 Senses" and "The Art of Lap dance." If this interests you, check with the boutiques in January when they'll be showcasing new salons.

Products: Lingerie, books, pleasure instruments, accessories, jewelry, home accents, art, apothecary and more.

Coco de Mer is certainly one store that enjoys Celebrating its Inner Eve, and loves helping clients celebrate theirs too!

If you're in Los Angeles or London, I highly recommend visiting one of their stores. I'll be going back soon!

Coco de Mer
Los Angeles ~ Melrose
8618 Melrose Avenue * Los Angeles, CA 90069
Telephone: 310 652 0311
Opening Times: Sun - Mon 12 - 7pm

London ~ Covent Garden
23 Monmouth Steet * Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DD
Telephone +44 (0 )207 836 8882
Opening Times: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri,
Sat: 11 - 7pm
Thurs: 11 - 8pm Sun: 12 - 6pm

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