Retailers of premium dog products
HAND-MADE: Miss Zee Xu (left) and Miss Geraldine Chua are the owners of ohpopdog.com, a company that sells hand-sewn dog outfits. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
This Singaporean outlet specialises in hand-sewn outfits for dogs from as small as chihuahuas and toy poodles to medium-sized pooches like french bulldogs or pugs.
Former Chung Cheng High Branch schoolmates, designer Geraldine Chua and her bartender partner Zee Xu, both 27, started their online store in December 2012.
Their purpose? To do something for what they are passionate about - dogs.
Their hand-sewn clothes include tank tops and sleeveless tops, which would be perfect for Singapore's humid weather.
From sourcing for fabrics, measuring and cutting the material right down to sewing the final piece, these two entrepreneurs see their products through from the ground up.
Despite the extensive work that goes into creating the dog outfits, they are affordable as they are in the $25-to-$30 bracket.
ohpopdog.com produce lines twice annually - Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.
PHOTO: THE BARKERY, SINGAPORE
The Barkery Singapore
This is an organic food bakery for dogs.
From dog cakes, pies, biscuits, dehydrated treats and dietary supplements, this local store is a one-stop centre for healthy dog food.
Even their tasty-looking cakes are healthy as the frosting and colouring on them are vegetable-based.
For example, green colouring on the cake comes from green peas and yellow colouring is derived from pumpkins.
The Barkery Singapore, which was founded in May 2011, is focused on one priority - the well-being of dogs. Indeed, this home-grown family business seeks to make "the very best food for Man's Best Friend".
Off the Cuff Stuff for Pets
Ms Julie Lancaster, the owner and creator of Off the Cuff Stuff for Pets, is a US-based designer who creates by hand bespoke dog couture.
Ms Lancaster, who has four years of experience in this field, has received special requests from her customers, and these included customised wedding dresses and tuxedos for people who want their dogs to get "married".
The most expensive dress she sold? A US$800 (S$1,060) dress embedded with flat back crystal rhinestones to make the dress look like stained glass.
"It took me days to do (it)," she tells The New Paper on Sunday in an e-mail interview.
As for Asian customers, Ms Lancaster says she has many.
"I have one lady who ordered many dresses along with 18 dog-carrying slings," she says.
Ms Lancaster is set to display her work at the New York Pet Fashion Show in Manhattan next month.
One of her major accolades is the Best Designer award of the Doggie Fashion Show, as part of the Paw-ty Time Fashion Show in Boca Raton, Florida.