Good luck keeping your pooch off the furniture! The latest line from furniture designer Maurice Renoma – pairs contemporary printing techniques with traditional french furniture designs. Simply supply Atelier de Tapisserie Decoration (ATAD) with a 300 dpi photo of your favorite pooch and they will print it on the upholstery per your specifications. While we are not so sure of the wisdom behind printing a chew toy on a piece of furniture (see Bulldog photo below) – it sure does look cool! The Renoma collection is designed in the tradition of classic “Louis XV” style with a wing-chair as well as an ottoman. For more information contact ATAD thru their website.
The Tommy Tan collar and leash from Hammish McBeth avoids the “bling” in lieu of Spring colors paired with mod graphical styling. This collar comes with custom cast hardware and a somewhat unique D-ring placement. There has been much debate (at least in PupStyle offices) over which design is better – the “top of the neck” style D-ring or the more standard “belt-style” D-ring next to the buckle. The “top of the neck” style allows the collar to fit with the buckle resting under the chin rather than being pulled up by the leash. A subtle design nuance but a nice touch nonetheless – all of this coupled with fine leather and a great style sense make this collar and leash set a winner for the season. The Tommy Tan collar ranges from $37-$52 per size and the matching Tommy Tan leash set is available for $52 USD.
Nothing says “Spoiled & Fresh” at the same time like a dog collar and leash set from Louis Vuitton. The Baxter collar line from LV is pure canine elegance mixed with a healthy dose of conspicuous consumption. The set comes decked out in the famous LV patterned canvas backed with buttery smooth leather. And as a style bonus for the micro-pups (4lbs and less) the petit collar includes a removable brass LV bow tie. Leave it on for formal occasions and whip it off for letting loose. The Baxter sets are available in larger sizes as well – but no bowtie. (a class action size discrimination suit if I’ve ever heard of one!) The collars range in price from $250-$275 (USD) and the matching leashes run from $270-$305 (USD). Normally available thru Louis Vuitton’s website they are currently sold out online and only available at LV’s NYC flagship store.
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.
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)
From famed luxury line Bottega Veneta – we are treated to a classic in terms of high-end Food/Water bowls. Black Italian leather interwoven in their signature Intrecciato style surrounds a stainless steel bowl – and all this for a mere $540 (available online directly from Bottega Veneta). In this case you are buying a great deal more than simply some fine grade leather and a steel bowl (exclusive prestige is part of the package) – as any design-snob worth their salt will be practically licking the bowl in deference to this king among luxury brands.
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).
It’s rare day when the Pupstyle staff finds a dog carrier worthy of travel with our own precious pooch, but this cutie by Canini Pet is irresistible. It is a nice update on the classic bowling bag design with a handy outside pocket for mommy’s money and a small treat or two. The carrier also appears to be less of a back wrenching torture device that most dog carriers on the market. Three sides are vented for air and the inside is lined with stain resistant cotton (major bonus) with a removable faux fur padded pillow. They also went the extra step and lined the pull out chin rest with fax fur and included a collar latch to prevent suicide leaps while you’re on the go. The leather is a sturdy pebble grain and comes in a Punch Pink/Preppy Green and an Azure Blue/Chocolate Brown. Not a bad deal for $350 given all the finishing details included with this bag. And it is available to buy direct from the designer.