As the name suggests, Kintails is dedicated to our four-legged family members. To founder Genesta Gunn, who knows her way to canine and human hearts well, dogs are both the driving force and a main source of inspiration for the concept. “I love being out and spotting a dog just being a dog. I feel very lucky that I am able to do something I love and it enables me to work with dogs everyday,” Gunn explains.
The brand’s slow approach places a strong emphasis both in protecting our environment and honouring the inner life of the accessories. “A product has to have a story and a reason to be. In a fast-paced world where everyone has to have everything, quality can get lost.” Kintails works with local artisans who share the brand’s values to responsibly produce small quantities of stylish leather goods, ceramic bowls, fleece jackets, and more. “I love being able to pick up the phone or pop into a workshop and have a good chat about the most random of things. When you run a small business it’s really important to surround yourself with likeminded people so you can all grow together.”
And just as any nearest and dearest would do, they offer up valuable advice in the journal, including places to go, things to do (or not do!), and personal tales from kindred spirits. “Owning a dog and ensuring they are happy and healthy can sometimes be daunting and you’re not always sure on where to turn. The journal is a bit like talking to other dog owners in the park and sharing your tips and stories with each other. We want to celebrate all things dog.”
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.
August 25, 2020