I am originally a research scientist from The University of Chicago, and then a professional flight instructor. I probably should have been a cultural anthropologist, because I've always been fascinated by the art, jewelry and mythological symbolism of traditional and ancient cultures from around the world. I finally decided to indulge my "inner artist" when I couldn't find a sturdy and stylish collar for my German Shepherd. So I put together a team of artisans to create one, with jewelry to match. From there, my business was born!
I plan to design many more lines of canine collars and jewelry, to push the limits of "dog as art". I'll also explore my creativity and expand, as the future permits, into making additional accessories for upscale canines and their people, and eventually move into designing and making stylish, eco-friendly clothing for women on the go - like me!
Fashion Industry Experience
I am creating my experience as I go. There is nothing like the fun and challenge of getting immersed in a new endeavor, and learning and building from the ground up.
Favorite Fashion Designer or Fashion Brand
I would be remiss if I did not say my own, of course! Beyond that, I don't really have a favorite. I tend to value clothes that have a youthful look and are easy to wear with my varied lifestyle, and made from organic and sustainable fibers.
What is hot in fashion this year?
Please understand that I am more into canine than people fashion, at this point! For small dogs and "diva" dogs, it is definitely rhinestones, rhinestones and more rhinestones! Often set in pink, or pink played against a neutral (white, black or beige). On the practical side, boldly-colored sweaters loaded with "cute" factor are everywhere, and party dresses must have ruffles. Totes for the wee ones and their "stuff" are very hot, and usually printed in bright colos or olive drabs with whimsical designs. For the larger dogs, there is relatively little fashion, which is a gap I'm helping to fill. For the big ones, the "upscale" is generally plain English bridle leather, or leather with relatively simple, chunky faux or real semi-presious cabochons, or hammered silver conchos.
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If you visit the Groups section (you can find link to the groups section at the top of this page), you may find some groups of interest to you. Unfortunately, I do not yet have a group set up for canine fashion or canine jewelry...
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