A package of Idom, a
musical condom, and its contents, a music CD and a condom, are seen
at a store in Hong Kong January 19, 2007.
Forget chocolates or roses this Valentine's Day -- a gift of
musical condoms is bound to be more entertaining.
Hong Kong's Ondo Creation, which makes designer condoms, hopes
its Idom sheathes will put a more romantic spin on safe sex -- and
reduce the risk of a slap on the face that a pack of six might
elicit among some conservative Asians.
The Idom itself doesn't sing -- but the mint, strawberry,
chocolate and banana flavored condoms come in an attractive package
with a music CD to get you in the mood for love.
"We create an environment for lovers who would like to try a
different experience," said Victor Tsang who runs Ondo
"We try to create products that are not embarrassing, but very
trendy and hip. It's a lifestyle product," he added.
Cynics may scoff at the marketing gloss, but the 18 month
start-up's products sell across the world. The firm also won a
bronze medal in the Industrial Design Excellence Awards run in
conjunction with BusinessWeek magazine, which said Ondo
had managed to "revitalize the image of condoms."
Tsang, a former IT executive, says his product was inspired by a
desire to promote safe sex and to provide a fun, relaxed
alternative for what he calls "more conservative" customers.
The brand eschews regular prophylactic distributors, instead
peddling its wares in bookstores, record shops and trendy
nightspots in a long list of cities that includes Hong Kong,
London, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Singapore.
"We're targeting more lifestyle stores, rather than 7-11's and
pharmacies," said Tsang.
"There's a market gap in the condom industry that we may be able
to make fun -- and also penetrate," said Tsang who expected a 30
percent surge in sales ahead of Valentine's Day.
The Idom's Exotica, Chocotasy and Loveberry brands come with CD
compilations of chillout, acid jazz and dance music.
"The music starts slow, then medium, then becomes fast before
getting slow again," said Jack Wong, who helped with the music.
He shrugs off the fact that the CDs run for exactly 18 minutes:
"Whether this is long enough or not, really depends on the
(China Daily January 23, 2007)