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SKARF, the latest name in the local pet apparel business, recently made its market debut with a line of high-quality and beautiful printed scarves (bandanas) for dogs.
Tropical heat and dog fashion don't go together. If you must dress up your pooches the practical option is to use bandanas which, preferably, should be tasteful, fun and easy on the eyes.
With this in mind, a medical student who owns two heavy-coated and long haired big dogs ventured into the dog scarves business and launched Skarf PH only last February.
“I have two Chow Chows named Churro and Toffee, and it's so hard for me to find accessories for them since they're quite big dogs and they can't really wear any thick clothing because it's hot here in the Philippines. I even bought bandanas from the US just to fit the two nicely and to meet my expectations! That's why I decided to make my own bandanas. Also, the lack of selections and (good) quality was the ultimate driving factor,” Toni Camille T. Esguerra told MetroPets.
To get the ball rolling, Skarf unveiled its Embark 2017 line of scarves in basic color palettes suited for any occasion.
Most feature simple stripes, polka dots and dainty images such as birds or flowers, but there's also one bold design with red watermelons which is obviously made for summer.
With an eye for good fabric, Esguerra said they favor fabric in clean, fun, pastel based colors. Minimalist, post modern and Pantone inspirations also tick their boxes.
For those who like to nitpick, Skarf's bandanas might pose a bit of a challenge. Unlike cheap dog scarves made from one piece of triangular cloth held by a band with velcro, Skarf's bandanas use two pieces of fabrics sewn together seamlessly and throughly for durability. Their scarves are available in six sizes from Extra Small (11”-12”) to 2X-Large (23”-25”). Two snaps that are at least an inch apart further guarantee that a Skarf's bandana will snugly fit a dog's neck. For P199, Skarf delivers a pet bandana made from high-quality and good fabric that is meticulously constructed and carefully finished.
They also accept custom-made dog bandanas for an additional fee.
Right now, Skarf's pet bandanas are being sold through its Facebook page and Instagram account (@skarf.ph) and shipped via Fastrack which takes about three days to deliver.
Esguerra said their immediate plan is to produce more scarves featuring color schemes and prints for each fashion season that cater to what dog parents are looking for.
A bandana series for cats is also not a remote possibility, although Esguerra said that their smallest bandanas could possibly fit cats, too.
Creating other types of pet apparel is also in the pipeline, but not until Skarf becomes an established producer of the finest dog scarves, said Esguerra who is happy to see that aside from her dogs, Churro and Toffee, other dogs can also look dapper everyday by simply donning one of Skarf's no muss, no fuss scarf.
CATS wearing fanciful hats and Harry Potter inspired scarves turned a recent Sunday gathering of cat lovers at the Ayala Triangle Garden into something like a dress rehearsal for Halloween.
The hats and scarves are creations of Nina Sharlene Briones who expertly crochets these novelty pieces for a living.
Photos above by Allyza Tolentino
Two years ago, Nina took a crochet hook and yarn to create glass coasters, dog hats and pet carriers. It was only fairly recently when she made her first cat hat for a cousin joining a pet fair. Little did she know that more people would want the same for their cats until the orders start coming in.
Nina tapped a friend to help her fulfill the orders she's been getting for customized pet hats. She said they could each finish three simple hats a day or two if the design is a little complicated. With an eye for creating original designs, Nina decided to call her home-based business Just One Of A Kind Handcrafted Products.
“I work hard and devote my craft into these creations. I cannot please everybody but the customers I have encountered so far are wonderful to work with. Their sample photos are challenging but these help us to improve our craft. Our products are sold online and we get orders through recommendations from previous clients,” said Nina.
Nina only charges P175 for every cat hat she crochets (plus shipping cost). She expects to get more orders for pet hats and other wearable pieces as Halloween approaches. In the near future, she said she would like to extend her product line to include pet sling carrier, pet diaper cover, pet dresses, fun character costumes, coasters in animal themes and more.
To order a crochet piece for your cat and other small pets, visit Just One Of A Kind Handcrafted Products (JOOAK) in Facebook. -- METROPETS©
SANTA CLAUS' signature attire now comes in redesigned version for dogs, thanks to the creative designers at Odra Pooch Couture. The pet fashion couturier has released its 2015 holiday pet collections, giving dog owners a choice of three Santa Claus-inspired looks.
Santa vests, Santa dresses and Santa overalls are now available at PetExpress branches nationwide, as well as in True Value, Dogs and the City, Pooch Park and Pet Passion stores.
For only P300, each individual Santa outfits are crafted using Velor fabric, synthetic fur and plastic belt buckle. Odra said the festive Santa dog clothes are selling well more than ever as more dog lovers are going out of their way to include their pets in their holiday activities.
Odra has made available different sizes of Santa costumes to fit different kinds of dogs. They also shared this size chart guide to help customers choose the right size of clothes for their dogs.
Odra said they hope more people will see the fun side of getting their dogs fashionable and ready for Christmas by dressing them up in their latest Santa pooch apparel. After all, dogs are like gifts that keep on giving, which is exactly the essence of the big man in his red suit.
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