Platinum Poire Royale (PPR) is a VIP, invite only, power couple matchmaking service for gay men who are looking for a secure and discreet way to meet others of equal caliber. This elite matchmaking experience gives the client more time and energy to focus on relationships that truly have potential. PPR allows experts to provide the search, introduction, and dates for each client. The matches are based off of the potential for love, friendship, similar values, compatible backgrounds, and of course attraction. PPR guides its clients to the pragmatic and emotional understanding of oneself that is necessary to be ready for any relationship. One of commitment, friendship, and all forms of healthy love.
Our mission is to elevate the status of gay dating, resulting in a complete paradigm shift. The expert’s at PPR focus on giving others the opportunity to shift their perspective into what is now possible - what it looks like to be happy and fulfilled in the lasting company of another where the type of partnership and alignment of goals truly exists harmoniously. Gay or straight, Platinum Poire is changing the perception of the dating world.
Franco Lacosta Creative Director of Platinum Poire Royale
Franco is an International High Fashion Model turned Photographer, Menswear Designer and TV personality. Born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico, he studied Art History and Photography at Pratt Institute where in his third year he met Gianfranco Ferre in New York. An internship with Ferre changed his life. He moved to Milan and the rest is history.
In the summer of 1997 while visiting New York, Franco met Jeffrey Kolsrud, a Model Agent at a top modeling agency. After a year away in Europe Franco came back to New York and ran into Jeffrey again. Jeffrey asked him out on a date. As they started spending time together- traveling and working in Paris, Corsica and New York, the seeds of a long-term partnership were planted. Jeffrey expressed his desire to have his own modeling agency and Franco proposed they do it together.
In January of 1998, Q Management launched a boutique style, modeling agency with global ambitions and has since expanded into an international market. Q was led by Jeffrey, who managed the business and sold models to clients, while Franco discovered, developed, mentored and photographed the new faces models, turning them into super stars. Jeffrey continues to run Q Management while Franco’s main focus is now raising their 10 year old daughter, developing his art prints designs and fashion line, working as a content creator for television, and Creative Director for Platinum Poire Royale.
Additionally, Franco has captivated audiences across America with his Latin warmth and temper. In the original content he has coproduced and created for the TV network NBC Universal, while being featured in shows such as Model Latina, America’s Next Top Model and The Bachelor. Franco has been featured on major media outlets such as Style Network, NUVO TV CW-11, MSNBC, LXTV-NBC, FOX TV, CW-11, Bravo, ABC, E Entertainment Television, NBC,. Franco lives in Chelsea New York with his husband Jeffrey, their daughter Carmen and their cat Mia.