Designing the Tailored Dog Jacket

The first product I designed for my Ivy League Classics collection is the the Tailored Dog Jacket. It’s a handmade jacket for smaller dogs made from reclaimed sport jackets, with a classic, preppy, intellectual character. The seed for the design was planted a few months after we adopted our sweet little mutt, Pipsqueak, from a local shelter. On a morning walk we noticed she was shivering, and we do everything we can to take good care of our pets so of course her shivers made us sad and worried. At that time I was reading a lot about homesteading and…

Herringbone collar detail

For this small dog jacket, I used a heavy cotton herringbone fabric reclaimed from a men’s sport jacket. I love the way the brown, black, and ivory herringbone pattern goes with the simple blue chambray — it’s polished yet casual. And the buttons are handstitched on so they don’t fall off like those on cheap factory-made clothing tend to do.

Handstitched, because I care

My favorite part of the Tailored Dog Jacket is the hand-stitched collar band because it’s such a clean finish. It’s not fast, but it’s worth it. After the collar is sewn on one side by machine (this is what attaches it to the jacket body), I fold it over and stitch down the back by hand. I’m inspired by traditional tailoring and the care tailors have historically made things with.

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My new shop for handcrafted classic dog accessories is open

The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity as I get my online shop, oxforddogma.com, up and running. It’s the primary spot for selling my handmade accessories for dogs and the humans who love them. My first collection is the Ivy League Classics, inspired by classic collegiate menswear of the East Coast. It’s smart, timeless, preppy, bookish, and introspective. What’s in the Ivy League Classics collection This collection features lots of browns and blues, some houndstooth and herringbone, a bit of gingham and plaid. And chambray. I can’t get enough chambray. The style is refined and tailored, yet comfortable. Items available include: tailored…