A veteran Vancouver fashion and interior designer is setting her sights on four-legged style with her new of pet products.
Just launched this week, Dog & Crow is a stylish line of bohemian-inspired pet goods and accessories that integrate flawlessly with a contemporary décor aesthetic. The stylish line isn’t cheap – beds start at $130 and collars from around $75. But the workmanship is solid, and partial proceeds of these one-of-a-kind made-in-Vancouver pieces benefit the SPCA.
The products are pretty rad. Beading, tie-dye and leather are incorporated into the leashes and beds, effortlessly blending fashion and function for your canine. The line mimics the refined bohemian sensibility she has in her own home, which has been featured in House & Home magazine.
The company is born from longtime designer Kate Horsman’s love of a rescue Rottweiler, Sarge, who passed away in 2012. The stoic dog was enamored by crows.
If you want to check out Kate’s designs in person, she’s doing a pop up shop at The Cross Décor on July 11 from 3-5 p.m.
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Vancity Buzz columnist Darcy Wintonyk just sat down with the designer to chat about her fabulous new line.
You’ve got a solid background in fashion and interior design – how does that compare to designing for dogs?
Interestingly enough, I’ve found there to be many parallels. I’ve always felt like style transcends fashion. It’s more of a lifestyle. So for me, that is exactly what I wanted to do with DOG & CROW, was bring an essence of my lifestyle to dogs so that it seamlessly falls into place with life and the home.
Tell me about the line: What’s in it, and how is it different than other companies?
The line consists right now of beds, leashes, collars, bowls and a few accessories. It’s all locally made and has an emphasis on quality materials. What I really wanted to have shine through in the collection is not only the simplicity and ease of the pieces, but a little bit of playfulness with bohemian accents. I wanted to keep in mind the customers home, it’s about adding to or complimenting the surrounding. I wanted to think of the leashes for example, as an accessory for dog and human.
This product line is going to benefit the SPCA as well, tell me about that
It’s so important for me to acknowledge the organization that quite possibly was responsible for my inspiration of this company. All of my pets have been rescued through the SPCA and have given me so much happiness and joy. My life certainly would not have been so full had it not been for the dogs I have had. I’ve been involved with previous fundraising efforts for them before and so it was really a no brainer that DOG & CROW would share in efforts to help more amazing animals find forever homes.
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