Those cool kids over at Kappachan have done it again! Teaming up with Brussels-based underground artist Veuch they have taken a unique approach to the classic skull and bones icon. These collars are constructed of fine grade saddle leather embossed with Veuch’s electrified Skull with crossed swords. Available in Large and Extra Large – shorties need not apply – these designs are available in a warm cognac brown leather and a matte black leather. Currently they are available to purchase online directly from Kappachan in France and if you want to save on the International shipping they are slated to be carried at LA’s latest pet super boutique Pussy & Pooch.
Staying in step with the eco-trend has a lot of dogs wearing recycle symbol shirts and eating from responsibly harvested wooden bowls – but while these are steps in the right direction they do not actually have an impact on the environment. Enter Shannon Ritscher, a graphic designer/stay at home mom who wanted to teach her children about recycling by re-using household materials and donated belts to create beautiful dogs collars. The lesson was learned and since then has turned into a custom recycled collar empire! Greenbelts has been on the handmade super-store Etsy for a little bit less than a year and already has a huge fan base. The collars and cuff sets that Shannon creates eschew the typical nutty-crunchy organic style exhibited by most recycled garb and relies heavily on her graphic design background. Using various old belts donated by her Seattle neighbors – Ms. Ritscher embellishes the collars with doorbells, washers, old buttons, military badges and anything else that is thrown away. And since the decorative touches are all based on whatever materials are at hand each collar is totally unique. The collars available from Greenbelts Etsy page online – range in size from XS – L with prices ranging from $20 – $45.
Get Medieval on Your Dog!
Unbeknownst to us the Leeds Castle Dog Collar Museum (ed: Dog Collar Museum?!?) has partnered with Vintagedogs.com to offer museum quality reproductions of a Medieval period sterling silver dog collar. The original collar that these are based upon was worn by Earl Talbot’s dog Tabinet in London. The collar is made through a laborious hammering process known as repoussé and chasing. Each collar is custom built by NYC silversmith William Manfredi per the dog’s size and dimensions. On the cartouche (a blank rectangle opposite the leash hook) you can have any wording you would like engraved (eg. something classy like “Bitches love me”). All of this proximity to British Aristocracy has a pricetag of $2400.00 but ’tis a pittance for a slice of historical dog style.
Italian dog designers LilliBoo have been cranking out trendy and fashionable collars since 2004. Their philosophy being that collars for dogs are much like t-shirts for people – each carries its own fashion statement and we should be able to mix up our style depending on our mood. One of their sassy new designs is the Cape Town line with it’s perforated patent leather collar accented with chunky gold hardware highlights. Most of the LilliBoo line can be purchased online at BeautyDog in Sweden (note: prices are listed in Swedish Kronars)
New French dog brand Kappachan comes on strong with a killer collection of dog gear designed by 4 scorchingly hot illustrators Taling, KOA, Skwak and ILK. Taking a cue from the streetwear collaborative design trend: Kappachan works with these established artists to create unique and fresh designer gear for your dog. Super-tight French illustrator SKWAK gets toothy with a collar resplendent in teeth baring google-eyed doggies. While fellow countryman and cult illustrator KOA drops a spooky ghostly collar design. More designers are expected to join the Kappachan roster and they have a cat line of collars expected to be out later this fall. While they do not have a US retailer yet their online store is up and ready to sell you all of this freshness!
The famous Paul Smith colorful stripes pattern on your pooch. With a very long run in the “hot” category the famous Paul Smith multi-color stripes have shown up all over the place – from footballs to Mini Coopers. And finally the famous stripes are showing up on dog accesories. The Paul Smith Leather Lead is offered in two styles – one with perpendicular stripes and another with diagonal stripes. While the perpendicular stripes look fine on The Dog Collar – we really prefer to pair it with the diagonal striped Lead. I don’t know what it is but the length of the Straight Striped Lead gives it a Guatemalan woven belt look that is not quite the look you are going for…
With a history of designing some of the most luxurious leather trunks in the world (the Bike Trunk, iTrunk and the Krug Champagne picnic trunk) Pinel&Pinel know about leather and exotic skins. And recently they decided to put this knowledge to work for dogs with a colorful selection of collars and leashes made available in leather, crocodile and shagreen. We were left scratching our heads at “Shagreen” as well – only to find out that it is a rare skin made from sharks and stingrays. While the standard stainless steel hardware doesn’t quite match the quality of the skins we will let that slide for now thanks to the wide range of color and textures. Available for purchase by appointment only at the Pinel&Pinel showroom in Paris.
As true dog luxe mavens know the leash and collar marketplace is full of half-stepping attempts at luxury; $200 for a nylon weave collar with a bad Fleur de Lis print and silver painted plastic buckles? I dont think so…
So it is refreshing to see a label take it back to the basics and focus on luxury. Patch & Scott have taken the basic collar & leash and elevated it by customizing the buckles and other hardware accents and using only finest leathers available. The Amalfi (shown at right) collar & leash set is available in Chocolate or Tan calf leather and comes complete with a name tag and gift box. While it will not be setting any streetwear trends with it’s classic looks the high quality workmanship and materials will definitely merit a second look. The Amalfi sets are available to purchase directly from the designer ranging in price depending on size from (£69-£84) and the matching lead goes for (£98).