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Gossip|London|CCK Kickstarter

£35k target passed and 12 hours still left for CCK Kickstarter

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Kickstarter campaign for Coffee, Cake & Kisses, the project to create a new kink-friendly social space in central London, has now passed its £35,000 target with 12 hours still to go.

The new, ‘lighter’ version of Coffee, Cake & Kink has now attracted more than 420 backers who, at the time of writing, have pledged £36,256 toward the initial £35,000 target figure, with half a day still to run before closure at midday tomorrow (March 15) UK time.

The £35,000 is the minimum additional funding that CCK’s founders need to set up the new venture. Total budget for the project is actually between £80,000 and £100,000, but more than half of this will come from other funding streams.

If the Kickstarter campaign passes its first target, there is a second target of £50,000 that will allow the funding of valuable additional features.

Kickstarter represents the all important ‘community part’ of the fundraising for this project — and the kink community has already shown itself willing to back two other recent Kickstarter projects.

These are the restoration and remastering of cult movie Preaching to the Perverted and, just completed, the raising of more than $48,000 for the $40,000 campaign by San Francisco-based Brit Polly Whittaker to finance publication of her pervy memoir.

The Coffee, Cake & Kisses campaign offers numerous rewards for pledges up to £2,500, but you can become a backer of the project for just £1.

And if you think such a small amount won’t help much, bear in mind that backer numbers are important too, as every new backer helps show the venue landlords that there really is a community and prospective customers to enjoy the space.

If you haven’t already become a backer, use the first Kickstarter Coffee Cake and Kisses link below to make your pledge now, and get more information about this and other kink-orientated campaigns via the other links.


ECTO-GASM: EctoMorph supported the CCK campaign with a latex voucher that could have bought you this Short Strapless Cocktail Dress and still left you with £105 for something else (photo: Darren Birkin; model: Sophia St Villier
Gossip|Amsterdam outskirts|Dominatrix additions

SNEAKY PEEK: This camera-phone shot is a sneak preview of one of the outfits in the all new Inner Sanctum ‘Rose’ collection which the Hamburg label will be debuting at this weekend’s Dominatrix party

Dominatrix new additions

Monday, 3 March 2014

Two additional galleries just added to our Dominatrix 2014 preview/2013 report complete our coverage of the November party’s catwalk shows.

Check out the Fetishistas article (link below) to see new galleries of 24 images each from the Torture Garden and Brigitte More shows, which closed the onstage action at November’s event.

March’s Dominatrix weekend kicks off this Friday (7) with the Models Meet & Greet, followed on Saturday 8 by the Dominatrix Dinner and Party at its fabulous venue on the outskirts of Amsterdam.

Among designers participating in the upcoming catwalk extravaganza is Inner Sanctum, showing the first of several new collections it is to launch this year.

We managed to get an exclusive preview (left) of one of the IS designs being debuted at Dominatrix. It’s part of a collection with the working title Rose, for reasons which should be obvious from the appliqué trim of this corset/cape combo.

Since Inner Sanctum is well know for the high quality of its product photography, we should add that this is not an official publicity shot — it’s a production shot taken with a camera phone. But we think it gives a pretty good idea of what to expect!

Other first appearances to look out for at the party include two of the most colourful characters from the London fetish scene — DeeBee and rubber doll Miss Britne.

These well-travelled and photogenic friends of The Fetishistas are both making their debut at Dominatrix, where they will no doubt be giving the catwalk models a run for their money when it comes to vying for the attention of photographers!


Gossip|London|Coffee Cake & Kisses Kickstarter

Coffee Cake + Kisses launches Kickstarter funding campaign

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Coffee, Cake & Kisses was unveiled yesterday, Valentine’s Day, as the name of the new fusion concept for London from the founders of Coffee, Cake & Kink.

As predicted in our earlier news story (see link below), the project has officially launched with a Kickstarter campaign to fund its first London premises.

Running for a month until March 14, the campaign aims to raise £35,000 — enough to enable it to touch down in central London and offer a reliable supply of artisan coffee, finger-licking cakes and, indeed, kisses!

With everything for sale except its staff, Coffee, Cake & Kisses will celebrate bonds between people, and quality relationships of all kinds.

It will keep the diversity and inclusion ethos of Coffee, Cake & Kink, as well as much of the original store’s merchandise while also making difficult concepts more accessible to the general public.

With a firm focus on relationships both traditional and alternative, Coffee, Cake & Kisses aims to provide a comfortable, non-judgmental space for the exploration of all things carnal and cerebral, inclusive and welcoming of all genders, sexualities, relationship models and lifestyles.

Staff training will include brewing methods, home baking and kissing tips and tricks, all to be shared with customers. Books, art, cards, and gifts available for sale will range from coffee equipment to cookery books to gender politics, polyamory and sex education.

An eclectic line-up of events will embrace anything from bake dates to erotic story-telling to sensuous body painting workshops. As an added twist, everything you will see in store — from coffee equipment to furnishings to lighting — will also be available for sale.

The Kickstarter campaign has been put together in response to the community consultation that took place in January, introducing the idea of the new brand inspired by Coffee, Cake & Kink but separate from it.

CCK’s founders have emphasised the need for the two businesses to be seen as standalone brands as conflating them may “negatively impact the chances of Coffee, Cake & Kisses securing its prospective premises”.

The many rewards available to backers include savings on future food and drink as well as events, experiences, art and naughty collectibles that are only available in the course of the Kickstarter campaign.

The bottom line to all this is that the fate of a new community space in London is in your hands!

Twitter: @CoffeeCakeKink; hashtag: #CCK2Kickstarter


GROUND LEVEL: The Kickstarter campaign for Coffee Cake & Kisses has just started
Gossip|London|Rubber Cult Feb 1

PREVIOUS CULTISTS, clockwise from top left: Amsterdam’s Amarantha LaBlanche performs; MisSa Blue models for Slinky Skin; Marnie Scarlet pumps it up; hosts Miss Kim and Cynth Icorn go a bit dental

February’s Rubber Cult gets its own 3-day Libidex sale!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Rubber Cult, the London club for latex enthusiasts, returns to its original North London venue, Shillibeers, for its next outing this Saturday, February 1. And in what may be seen as a latex industry acknowledgement of Rubber Cult’s growing significance, Libidex’s Liberation store in Covent Garden has just announced a special three-day sale tied into this weekend’s event.

Visitors to Liberation from today (Thursday 30) until the shop closes at 7pm on Saturday 1 can get 35 percent off the regular price of all the store’s Libidex latex. Personal shoppers at the store can also buy advanced tickets (cash only) for Saturday’s club night. The Liberation latex sale is complemented for Libidex fans worldwide by a separate four-day LatexExpress flash Valentine’s sale with up to 70 percent off, running from midnight tonight until midnight on Monday February 3.

Reconvening at Shillibeers following the reopening of the venue after its period in administration last year, quarterly Rubber Cult parties will retain their early-start/early finish times of 8pm and 2am.

The return to the club’s old venue just off the Caledonian Road will be welcomed by many RC regulars. In the interim RC had been forced to hold court at some ‘emergency’ venues in London’s financial district that could best be described as ‘of varying suitability’.

The previous party in early December took place at the St Mary Axe branch of the Slug and Lettuce pub chain. It featured an appearance by Amsterdam performer Amarantha LaBlanche postponed from the last event, along with a fashion show by Slinky Skin and two shows from Marnie Scarlet (see pictures above).

At February’s upcoming event there’ll be performances from Vivid Angel and Professional Blonde plus a fashion show from Triple L Latex. Other attractions include a rubber art exhibition by Gernot, fully equipped dungeon, rubber sleepsack and vacbed, giant balloon cocoon, medical corner, Slinky Skin prizes for best dress, free gifts for rubber lovers and free fizz for early birds.

The dresscode is, as usual, ‘total rubber’ and tickets can be bought on the door, in advance at various London fetish stores (for cash) or through clubtickets.com at £24 + £3.60 booking fee per ticket.


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