It was a lot of fun expanding my color palette into lighter and brighter materials. This collection includes even more reclaimed materials, carefully selected to be durable and look refined. Some of the items that were upcycled into an accessory for someone’s special dog include:
khaki cargo shorts
heavy cotton twill pants
To see all of the newest options, visit the my shop.
Among our we-just-adopted-a-dog supply run was a pouch to hold clean-up bags. And it wasn’t good. So I set out to design a better solution and created this little Dopp-kit-like zip pouch. It’s so much nicer to use and I’m always prepared at walk time.
When something doesn’t work, I like to fix it. That’s how the Road Trip Leash Pouch was born.
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 jackets made from reclaimed men’s wool sport jackets
cotton leashes with accessory loops
dog waste bag dispensers that clip onto the leashes
Buy something, give something
One of the things I’m most excited about is being able to support animal shelters. With each purchase, I make a donation to a local shelter to help more pets in need feel loved. When we adopted our sweet little mutt Pipsqueak (and promptly fell completely in love with her) it was an eye-opening experience. There are SO MANY pets in need of homes. I dream of a day when I can buy a ranch in the middle of nowhere and fill it with pets who need homes.
The months since I decided to create this business have absolutely flown by — it’s amazing how fast time goes when you have a million things you’re excited about doing. Some days I have to force myself to go to bed because I’m so happy to be making things for pets.
I’m looking forward to adding more items to this collection and getting started on my next product ideas. A trainer we worked with over the summer mentioned that dogs like to hunt and search for treats because they like to be challenged. So I’m working on a concept for a plush toy that has a pocket for hiding treats in so dogs have to work harder for their snack. Make ’em earn it! (But in a really nurturing and kind way.)