High-end bag and accessory label Ally Capellino isn’t usually in the business of designing fine leather goods for animals (they’ve been too busy dressing Europe’s young creatives since opening in 1980). But after years of being asked to apply their craft to pet-based items, the British designers have finally relented—and from the looks of things, it’s been a raging success. Made in the UK from genuine Italian leather and re-waxable British cotton, the Ally Capellino range of collars, coats, and leads is every bit as elegant as the label’s high-class/no-frills human-wear.
The transition to inter-species designer wasn’t exactly an obvious one. Founder Alison Lloyd admits to being scared of dogs as little as just five years ago. But after making friends with her neighbour’s “crazy staffy” Haggis, a Jack Russell “with a face like a bat” called Coco Chanel, and, finally, her daughter’s own Bedlington whippet, Radish, Lloyd admits to being won over. Radish was the first dog to have a coat designed, and the range spread from there. It also includes something for humans: a leather grooming apron, designed to protect the groomer from being covered in dog hair during that necessary but unglamorous task. “Dog hair is a pain,” Lloyd admits, “so an apron is totally what’s needed.” RT
Photography: James Geer. Photography assistant: Tom Blachford. Art direction: Four&Sons.
Featuring: Heather and Dan with Herb and Neato; Tom and Kate with Indigo; Tim with Herb; Miranda with Charlie, Robbie, and Sara with Walter.
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
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Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
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