Are your dogs red carpet ready? Les Abercrombie looks at the latest fashion trends for dogs.
Is your pooch’s wardrobe on trend for 2021 or is it looking a bit “so last year”? Fortunately, Karen Burnett, a vivacious uMhlanga resident with a background in advertising, has the answer. She started her online pet boutique, Kingsley & Gray in June 2019, selling luxury pet accessories to dog lovers all over South Africa and abroad.
The name Kingsley & Gray was inspired by her two beautiful, Golden Cocker Spaniels, Kingsley and Grayson Heath. All the accessories are locally handmade from 100% cotton, are eco-friendly and recyclable, with superb attention to detail. The range includes collars, leads, the cutest bow-ties and bandanas. She also offers harnesses and a range of kitty collars (Skabenga, the Oyster Box’s infamous cat, sports K&G collars).
Karen offers ever-changing limited collections made from quality, personally chosen, cotton-printed fabrics and each collection is named to suit the print – Pink Orchard; Sabi Sands; Oyster Box; Zebra Stripe; Houndstooth; Miss Daisy; Bordeaux Claret; Burgundy Berry, etc. The accessories are made to order to the customer’s specifications – fabric choice, hardware colour (gold, rose gold or silver) and collar width 20cm or 25cm. There is also a range of handmade macramé collars and leads in soft pastel shades as well as beautifully hand-crocheted doggy jerseys for winter in classic or mohair wool.
Each order is lovingly boxed in tissue paper and includes a personalised note and treat for the recipient. The package is then beautifully gift wrapped with monogrammed paper, tied with a ribbon and couriered to your door. What’s not to love?
Karen has recently designed their latest bed range, the K&G Snuggle Pods, in the most fabulous range of designer prints, which have bolsters on all four sides. The beds are designed for maximum style, comfort and luxury and are oversized to allow the dogs to “stretch out”. She even makes custom cushions for their stunning range of Rattan Pet Beds. The beds are designed to look fabulous in the home and complement your interior decor.
“From the outset, our aim was to promote South African flair and style on a global scale,” says Karen. This she is certainly achieving with sales across South Africa, in the UK, the Netherlands, Israel, Canada and even Oman! “By outsourcing the work we have been able to carefully choose and recruit people who are as excited by the brand as we are. Their commitment and buy-in shows in the care and precision with which each article is made.”
If you love dogs, why not visit their website to marvel, not only at the fashion but also at the ambassadors strutting their stuff. While you’re there also check out their Giving Back page and discover how you can assist dogs in need.
FOR MORE INFO:
- Stockists: The Oyster Box Hotel, uMhlanga; Collar & Comb, Ballito
- Instagram: @kingsley_and_gray
- Facebook: @kingsleyandgray