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Need a condom? Check your hotel room's mini-bar

September 27, 2010|By Valli Herman | Special to the Los Angeles Times

Some hotel guests who raid their room’s mini-bar may find a surprise amid the cashews and sodas: condoms.

The Thompson Hotels chain, which includes the Hollywood Roosevelt and the Thompson Beverly Hills, as well as several properties in New York, is selling limited-edition condom packages created by a series of fashion designers.

Earlier this month, designer Charlotte Ronson became the first woman to design the wrapper and  packaging of the condoms, which sell for $5.99 for a set of three. Ronson’s design incorporates pastel colors and her signature logo.

Condom manufacturer Proper Attire is donating the proceeds from the sale of the specially designed products to Planned Parenthood. A company spokesman said the choice of a woman designer was deliberate.

“We wanted to make them more fashionable so that a woman could carry them and blend them easily into her cosmetics bag,” a Proper Attire spokesman said.

Indeed, the pastel packages would look right at home next to lipstick. It’s nestled among the potato chips that they may look a little lonesome.

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