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  • Who Are Love Bomb Cushions?View moreView less
  • Love Bomb Cushions is the brain child of Husband and Wife team Sarah and Carl Agar Brennan. Sarah and Carl have a background in the Independent Retail Market place specialising in Toys, Gifts and Collectibles spanning over 20 years.

  • How did Love Bomb Cushions start?View moreView less
  • Out of love, naturally! In 2015 we were seeking a gift for our teenage daughter and we found emoji products making their debut on the world wide stage. We were intrigued and after some research we embarked in manufacturing our very own products because the enthusiasm of our daughter and her friends in emoji giftware was overwhelming.

  • What makes Love Bomb Cushions different?View moreView less
  • From the outset we wanted to make products which were ethically produced and used only the very best fabrics and fibres to ensure they would leave a lasting impact on our customers. Love Bomb Cushions are;

    • Hand Finished by expert seemstresses
    • Passed through 3 separate Needle Tests
    • Supplied with full care labels on all products
    • Supplied with unique barcodes
    • Manufactured in facilities with no child labour, long working hours and where employees are rewarded fairly and treated responsibly

  • Where are Love Bomb Cushions Manufactured?View moreView less
  • Love Bomb Cushions are manufactured in China and the UK. Our Facilities are audited by 3rd Party Organisations to ensure workplace conditions and employee treatment is responsible and ethical and no facility which falls below a 90% pass rate at audit is ever used.

  • Who buys novelty cushions?View moreView less
  • There are around 26 million households in the UK alone with one or more bedrooms (not to mention living rooms and play rooms). On average each house has 4 cushions or pillows per bedroom. One of those is quite often a novelty or dress pillow or cushion.

  • What ages are novelty cushions for?View moreView less
  • Typically, novelty cushions are loved by teens, young adults, parents and grandparents in fact. So you can be sure that Love Bomb Cushions are perfect gifts for Christmas, Valentines, Birthdays, Special Occasions or simply a token of affection to cheer some up. There is no excuse for not sharing the Love!

  • What is an emoji?View moreView less
  • An emoji is an ideogram or smiley used in an electronic message or on a Web page. emoji are used much like emoticons and exist in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.

  • How did “emoji” get its name?View moreView less
  • Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji comes from Japanese language "picture" + "character" joined to create “e-moji” shortened to be recognised worldwide as ”emoji”.

    The resemblance to the English words "emotion" and "emoticon" is purely coincidental

  • Where did emoji first appear?View moreView less
  • Originating on Japanese mobile phones in the late 1990s, emoji have become increasingly popular worldwide?

  • Who created emoji?View moreView less
  • The first emoji was created in 1998 or 1999 in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita, who was part of the team working on NTT DoCoMo's i-mode mobile Internet platform

  • How did emoji become so popular?View moreView less
  • In 1997, Nicolas Loufrani, recognized the growth in use of ASCII emoticons within mobile technology and he started experimenting with animated smiley faces, with the intention of creating colourful icons that corresponded to the pre-existing emoticons made of plain punctuation marks, to enhance them for a more interactive use in digital.

    From this Loufrani created the first graphical emoticons and compiled an online "emoticon dictionary" that was sorted into separate categories:

    • Classics,
    • Moods,
    • Expressions,
    • Flags,
    • Celebrations,
    • Fun,
    • Sports,
    • Weather,
    • Animals,
    • Food,
    • Nations,
    • Occupations,
    • Planets,
    • Zodiac,
    • and Babies;

    These designs were first registered in 1997 at The United States Copyright Office and then these icons were posted as .gif files on the Web in 1998, becoming the first graphical emoticons used in technology!

    In 2000, the Emoticon Directory created by Loufrani was made available for users to download for cellular phones on the internet through smileydictionary.com which compiled over 1000 smiley graphic emoticons

    But they weren't really fully embraced by the masses until 2012 when Apple released iOS 6. iPhone uses quickly learned that they could activate the emoji keyboard in iOS 6 to add fun little smileys and icons in their text messages. The emoji movement has since expanded to all sorts of social network sites too, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and others.

  • Is emoji in the Dictionary?View moreView less
  • Yes! Oxford Dictionaries named 😂 (Face With Tears of Joy), or Crying With Laughter as it is more affectionately known in the UK and by Love Bomb Cushions, its 2015 Word of the year. Oxford noted that 2015 has seen a sizable increase in the use of the word "emoji" and recognized its impact on popular culture!

  • What is a Turd?View moreView less
  • Created and developed by media entertainment veteran HuwJ as an award winning collectables range, Joe Turds Turd World ® & the Turds® have re-surfaced for 2016.... Many things have carried the label Turd.

    But Politicians and reality TV stars aside, these little nuggets are a bowl full of sarcastically satirical tongue in cheek humour characters, on a mission to bring a tear to your eyes as they stink out the room with laughter.

    Think Carry On movies meets Abbot & Costello and you're almost there.... Just don't clench!

  • What is Joe Turds World?View moreView less
  • Joe Turds Turd World is the new vision of the brand which is fresher, brighter, irreverent, Turdtastically entertaining while still keeping that odd piece of corn in the mix to remain slightly edgy.

  • How many Turds are there?View moreView less
  • Well with all the crap going on in the world, there are always new things to poke a stick at and so the pile grows bigger with characters like Bog Busters, and Bums of Anarchy and even Donald Trump (no name change or poolicy needed). We currently have over 300 Turd characters but………this sh*t really is endless!

    This brand is set to stir the bowl and lift the lid on character licensing.

  • When did the Turds first appear?View moreView less
  • They first hit the shelves of the Gadget Shop, Virgin megastore and HMV as well as the nationwide network of indie gift shops in 2002 and were in constant battle with Bad Taste Bears for the number 1 position on top of the pile.

    They spread like hot butter throughout the UK / EU / AUS / and USA throughout 2003-2006 until their retirement in 2008 but remain a top seller on e-bay with Collectors.

How it Began

It started with a kiss... literally! I was shopping around for ideas for my teenage daughter for her birthday and stumbled across these emoji cushions in China. It took me several attempts to get them delivered as they kept getting lost in international post. Once the emoji cushions arrived they were an instant hit, all her friends wanted one and so the craze in our house began.

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