Feature of the Month; we say hi to Bent Shop!
This month we are having a look behind the scenes at Bent, a gay sex shop that has been around for decades and was one of the first ones of its kind in the UK.
With a history stretching back so long, we were keen to put some questions them.
Before we get into some dirt and detail of all the hot items you sell, can you sum up what Bent is all about to our readers?
Well, we are here to put a smile on the faces of anybody that is looking for some sexual self-exploration in whatever shape or form that might be.
Historically, Bent was aimed at gay men but now we are lucky to have an amazingly diverse audience.
Our customers currently come from all over the world with a very varied spectrum of identities and sexual preferences. This makes the job and interaction with our customers very interesting, and we learn something new most days.
For what products can customers come to Bent Shop?
Oh my goodness, well basically for anything that is sexual or of a sexy nature.
In particular, we focus on sex toys, fetish toys and gear, fashion and sex essentials. This pretty much covers everything to do with being and feeling sexy.
What products are most in demand on Bent?
That is a difficult one to answer as all areas have some really good sellers. Of course, consumables like lube, delay sprays and erection pills sell a lot. This is also due to the fact customers come back for repeat purchases for the same product.
Outside of the essentials, we see sell a lot of anal toys and also cock gear from the likes of Oxballs and Fleshjack.
There are some niche areas that stand out such as nipple, fisting and BDSM gear and a healthy demand for really big and odd-sized dildos.
Normally, we also sell a lot of underwear and stuff. This dropped slightly during lockdown. I guess customers were not so bothered about these products since people didn’t have the chance to show it off. Now that restrictions are being reduced we’ve noticed that customers are getting ready to go out again and these areas have picked up.
You mention big anal toys and fisting, would you say these more “hardcore” products are becoming more popular
These products are indeed very popular. Before working at Bent, I had no idea how big these markets are. It is great that so many people are exploring their body and pushing the enjoyment to max.
There are so many different fetishes our customers are into, you’ll be surprised. One that I can’t get my head around yet is urethral sounding, this is when you enter a urethral sound into the hole of the head of your penis. I have had various customers recommending this for me to try. They say that after the initial discomfort it delivers an intense and very satisfying sensation. I am going to try it one day but for now the thought of it is just a little too painful. I guess I am not as brave or adventures as some of our customers……yet!
OK, so if that is something you are not yet brave enough for, what is something that you can recommend to us based on your own experience?
Mmm we are getting personal are we? OK, well, I would say that a double attack is something that I find super satisfying. With this I mean using toys for both ends. I would recommend using the Jett from Hot-Octopuss which is a hands-free masturbator whilst treating your behind with some loving from one of our rotating dildos. Both devices have several settings and once you’ve managed to get them both at maximum speed, you’ll be alarming the neighbours with your pleasure noises.
I enjoy it with some strongest poppers UK but that is not everybody’s cup of tea.
Anyway, that is enough about me. Next question please, I am getting flushed!
We can always find room in our underwear drawer for a new jockstrap. Are there any new jockstrap brands we should be checking out?
We always have new products coming into the store and the two latest additions to Bent in the underwear department are Bill and Brandon plus Breedwell underwear.
They both combine quality with comfort but are very different.
The Bill and Brandon range is more towards the sexy and sporty end of the spectrum whereas Breedwell is more for the fetish market – as their slogan “dirty by choice” confirms. Both are worth a look.
Finally, is there anything else you would like to mention to our readers that we have not asked yet?
I am not sure go be honest. We have covered most things and you even got me to spill.
A big thanks I guess to all our amazing customers that keep coming back and to our regulars that call us for a chat or sending messages via our social platforms. Without them we would literally not be here.
Plus to those that have heard or visited us, come in, have a look, and jump on the sexual exploration train at www.bent.com
Bent yourself to the shape that is you!