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In today’s world of fashion, anything is possible. Not only in human fashion but also in pet fashion. There are apparently a lot of cat and dog enthusiastic clothing designers who have made their own unique shops for every kind of personal style.

To keep things simple, I decided to narrow down the list to designers who were inspired by their own pets.

Let’s start with our feline friends, because in my opinion I hardly see exclusive clothing for cats. Here is a list of specific cat clothing designers…

Cat Atelier
Cat Atelier
An elegant line of scarves, berets, bow ties, etc. to help your cat be the fabulous feline he/she is.

Owner: Julie went to Parsons School of Design and received a BFA in Illustration. She also trained in costume design and prop creation.

Muse/Model: Julie’s gorgeous Abyssinian cat (and model) Toki Nantucket.

The Look: French kitty cats… like 1950s Paris.

Snoop Catty Cat
A classy shop that focuses on neck ware for kitties that includes ties, bow ties and tuxedo fronts.

Snoop Catty CatOwner: Jane has a Bachelor of Applied Design in Fashion Design and Technology. She has a full-time job drafting buildings during the week and creates kitty ties on the weekends.

Muses/Models: Salvador, a handsome black cat with green eyes that was adopted in January 2007 when he was 6 years old and who sadly passed away from cancer on September 29th, 2014.

Bijou, the other beautiful black cat and model, has golden eyes and was adopted in March 2012.

The Look: Think Frank Sinatra and all that jazz.

Sphynx Cat Wear
Clothing the hairless with comfortable and functional styles to keep hairless breeds “warm, dry, and safe”.

Sphynx Cat WearSphynx Cat Wear protects Sphynx skin from sunburn, dirt, dust and cold. The fabric also absorbs body oils.

Owner: Melanie Manson founded Sphynx Cat Wear in 2010 because she needed to find comfy and warm clothes for her cats that were the “purr-fect fit”.

Muses/Models: Melanie was inspired to create her line by her two Sphynx cats, Smeagol and Zizzles.

The Look: Utilitarian, aka lots of stripes and turtlenecks. The Andy Warhol of cat clothes.

Notso KittyNotso Kitty
Uniquely original products like cat hats, costumes, toys and glasses for cat lovers of exceptional quirky taste.

Owner: Wendy Casazza Scruton started Notso Kitty in 2009 as a way to keep creativity in her life while working at a non-creative day job.

Muses/Models: Fluffy and Notso Fluffy.

The Look: Pop culture, nerds and everything that is a little “off”. Think Kanye West but in this case it would be “Kitty West” and his Stunna Shades.

Now at this point I have probably exhausted you with what seems to be endless kitty fashion, but I do hope that I provided enough options to fit your one-of-a-kind feline fur (or hairless) baby.

Let’s move on to our canine companions and explore the world of dog fashion. Here are a few (pricey and somewhat affordable) dog apparel designers who created their brands based on the inspiration of their furry friends…

Couture by Sophie
Trends from the runways that translate well for dogs. Enduring, providing quality comfort and creative style.

Cruelty-free materials. Couture by Sophie also gives a portion of each piece they sell to local animal shelters.

Couture by SophieOwner: After retiring from a 30-year career in entertainment PR representing clients like The Cure and Roger Waters, Jody Miller decided to pursue her passion for fashion design and attended Parson’s School of Design.

Muse and (sometimes) Model: Sophie, Jody’s Portuguese Podengo pup. Sophie inspired Jody to design a coat that would keep her warm.

The Look: Ever-changing and always inspired. Current collections include The Icons, which pays homage to some of music’s fashion icons, and The Classics, which are timeless, classy and graceful hand-made coats. So ask yourself, is your dog more of a Sid Vicious or a Jackie Kennedy Onassis type?

Ruby RufusRuby Rufus
Gorgeous fashion-forward dog sweaters and snoods (scarves) for the well-dressed pup.

A must-have luxury and chic cashmere line for dogs.

Owner: Ruby Rufus Isaacs created the British label in 2013 while working as the head women’s wear designer for Austique London. Isaacs wanted to fill the gap in the market for fashionable dog clothing by creating something beautiful that even a human would want to wear.

Muse/Inspiration: Ruby does not have a pooch of her own, so her inspiration came from her sister’s Chihuahua Willy Wonka. Ruby noticed Willy was always cold and didn’t like the itchy sweaters he was given. Ruby decided to use 100% cashmere because it is a natural fiber that does not irritate or itch.

The Look: Key word is trendy. Comfy cashmere sweaters influenced by the hottest styles of today. Humans will want to wear them.

The Dapper YapperThe Dapper Yapper
Hand-made neckerchiefs including bowties, neckties and bandanas in all types of unique patterns.

Owner: Sophie Kennedy taught herself to sew in 2014 while also being a fulltime dog walker and self proclaimed “crazy dog lady”.

Muses/Models: Dotty and Buzz, Sophie’s two cavoodles. She made her fur babies some neckerchiefs and was soon asked to make more for her dog walking customers. She then created her Etsy shop and ever since then has loved picking out fun fabrics with the help of Dotty and Buzz.

The Look: Lots of fun! The kind of neckerchiefs your doggie would come home with after a day at the groomers.

My Fabulous Puppy
American made upcycled luxury lifestyle brand of dog fashions, exclusive dog collars and accessories.

“Eco-Fab” pet boutique meaning a boutique that produces eco-conscious products while also being fabulous.

My Fabulous PuppyOwner: Warren Agee handcrafts his line in Troy, MI and pays great attention to detail to every piece of clothing and accessory. The line is sold online and in boutiques in California, Chicago, IL, and New York. My Fabulous Puppy was the first night opener at Fashion Week 2014 for “Eco Night”.

Muse: Warren’s dog Sasha who is nicknamed The Love Bug. Sasha is an explosion of love and happiness determined to make every being her friend.

The Look: Trendy, classic and preppy sweaters, shirts, coats, bandanas and neck warmers ranging from xx small sizes to large sizes.

Well, there you have it folks. These are some of the chicest, most luxurious, practical and not-so-practical trends in pet fashion today. From kitty berets and “Kitty West” shades to cashmere sweaters for pooches and sweet little bow ties, I’d say that just about does it for this overview of the finest in pet fashion. / Issue 199 - June 2018
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