New leash pouch colors for Spring

spring summer 2016 leash pouches

The Road Trip Leash Pouch is a handy little pouch that clips to a leash (or whatever loop you have handy) and dispenses a roll of dog clean-up bags. It’s like a tiny Dopp kit for your dog.

To get ready for warmer weather, and an upcoming arts and crafts festival, I looked to preppy summer classics for color and material inspiration. Think “Cape summers”.

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
  • madras plaid
  • wool pants
  • cotton corduroy
  • button-down shirts

To see all of the newest options, visit the my shop.

Solving life’s little problems

Road Trip Leash Pouch | oxforddogma.com

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.

Check out the leash pouches available in my shop >

Ivy League Classics Collection | oxforddogma.com

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 jackets made from reclaimed men’s wool sport jackets
  • cotton leashes with accessory loops
  • dog waste bag dispensers that clip onto the leashes
Small brown houndstooth plaid jacket | oxforddogma.com
Pipsqueak modeling one of the reclaimed wool jackets
Chambray leash in wash pouch | oxforddogma.com
The 100% cotton leashes (shown with washing machine pouch) feel really nice in your hands — like your favorite tee or khakis
Clip-on dog waste bag dispenser | oxforddogma.com
The leash pouch is a dog waste bag dispenser that clips onto the leash

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.

What’s next

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.)

Read more about Oxford Dogma.