Is it the Year of the Dog? Maybe not officially but canine accessories and tributes are everywhere we look. Here are 13 standouts for the four-legged members on your list, and for those who love them. Each is designed to be put to use—and good-looking enough to be kept on view.
Above: From two Portland, Oregon, hometown brands: House Dogge’s Leather and Rope Dog Toy is $23;99 (marked down from $32, available in the large size only) at Schoolhouse Electric. It’s made of vegetable-tanned leather with no dyes or glues. Go to House Dogge for other sizes and options. Above: London-based indie biannual DOG magazine takes a stylish approach to exploring the “meaningful interactions” between man and beast. Each issue is dedicated to a specific breed: recently-released Issue 6, £13, is all about the Airedale Terrier and includes a visit to Dries Van Noten and his dog, Harry, at home outside Antwerp. Annual subscriptions are £24. Above: Found My Animal of upstate New York began by making dog leashes of marine-grade rope and brass—and has recently expanded to offer cat, horse, and goat accessories. Its Waxed Cotton Dog Carrier, $160, is perfect for New York City dogs on the go: they’re only allowed to travel by subway in a bag (see some creative approaches here). Above: On Dogs, An Anthology has a Picasso sketch on the cover, a charming opening essay by Tracey Ullman, and odes by Shakespeare, Dickens, and Brigitte Bardot, among others; $18.93. Above: For Aesop devotees: Animal, “a mild skin and fur wash with deodorizing properties,” is fragrant with lemon rind, tea tree leaf, and spearmint; $39 from Aesop. Above: Remodelista alumna Meredith Swinehart, cat mother and DIYer extraordinaire, has just introduced Faunamade, her own line of pet baskets and cushions for cats and dogs up to 20 pounds. They’re available in seven cushion patterns— Basket Bed in Stripe is shown here—for $129 (and the parts are also sold separately).
The baskets are woven in Bangladesh (and are Fair Trade Certified); the cushions are stitched in the US from Japanese and Indian fabrics. We’re beyond impressed; stay tuned for more.
For big dogs: the Beast Made Target Dog Bed is sized for canines up to 60 pounds. Made of machine washable cotton canvas, it’s $198 from Best Made (which also sells an artisanal Belgian Dart Set that the bed is modeled after). Above: Mr. Dog’s Devil Ball Dog Toys, $16 for small, $20 for medium, are made entirely of felted merino wool, a great plastic-alternative. The natural lanolin in the wool cleans dogs’ teeth naturally. Mr. Dog says, “To maintain the shape of your Devil Ball, just wet the felt slightly and use your fingers to push back into shape.”
Also check out the brand’s new
Limited-Edition ROYGVIB Hand-Painted Linen Bandanas made by James C. Butterfly, equally fetching for dogs and owners alike.
Above: From fanciful embroidery specialists K Studio, the wool felt Dogs Stocking, $48, stands ready to be filled with treats. Above: “Designed so you don’t have to compromise on aesthetics or functionality,” Wild One’s dog toys are composed of natural rubber and organic cotton. The Toy Kit—a Triangle Tug, Twist Toss, and Bolt Bite—is currently $58 (marked down from $64) and comes in four colors. Pieces also sold individually. Above: Midcentury Danish designer Kay Bojensen is best known for his teak monkey, but there were many other animals in his menagerie. The Conran Shop offers his 7.6-inch walnut Dog made by Rosendahl; £90. (The Finnish Design Shop also offers the Bojesen Wooden Dog for $93.65) Above: British fashion designer Bella Freud’s amber-accented Bella Freud Signature Eau de Parfum is for humans, but features a doggy label by Freud’s father, Lucian Freud. It’s £85 from the designer’s own site, and $135 from Aedes (which also sells the Bella Freud Signature Candle for $65). Above: Cox & Cox, UK purveyor of deluxe pet beds, offers several wicker options: a tipi, cocoon, and this Rattan Pet House, £175 for small and £225 for large (shown), removable cushion with a washable cover included.
Pet Accessories archive for more ideas, such as last year’s Canine Gift Gift Guide, and also: