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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.
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