Aug 20, 2012

New York Gift Show: Style Savvy Animal Lovers


Today begins my New York Gift Show recap, as I charge my way through the halls on the hunt for great products! Whether I am looking for my design clients or great finds to share with you here on the blog, I am so excited to say that only after the 1st day I have found some real great treats.


As the usual coverage of the NYIGF tends to start with the brands that we all know and love, this time I thought I would shake things up a bit, and begin in reverse - with some fantastic young brands or ones a little less main stream.



Although we don't have animals in our home (3 kids is enough !) I grew up with my fair share of dogs, cats and small furry pets that parents don't care for all that much. Also, as a designer, it is always so difficult to find ways to incorporate the much needed panoply of items that the animals of my client's families need - for food, drink and comfort.

So, you can just imagine how excited I was when I came across this stand - Harry Barker.








Caution: This is only for the VERY Stylish animal lover!






Harry Barker is the brain child of ex-model Carol Perkins. As she dealt with overcoming a life threatening brain tumor, Carol took to her kitchen counter and began creating dog beds, toys and robes for friends as a form of therapy - and so, Harry Barker was born and with Carol’s beloved Super-Sheltie namesake.







For the contemporary design scheme, what more could you ask for. Black and White, great graphics, and simply fitting for a well designed home to have design conscious Dog Food containers like these.














For the classic design scheme and a little old school .. with a little "toile-de-jouy" inspired Dog Heaven..














From Doggy Beds ....








to Doggy Toys...





These products committed to great style, but also on remaining environmentally friendly, with the use of materials such as Hemp Beds and Toys which are made with recycled fill inserts.





Colorful doggy toys..."Eco-Friendly", non toxic and made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics, earth-friendly fabrics and dyes.






Even these bags are biodegradable with recycled dispensers




As I was going through this post, I remembered a post from last year that struck a chord with so many of you, and ended up as one of my most "pinned posts" - Attention All Animal Lovers! with Doggy Caravans in abundance.. Head on over to that post too in case you missed it -> Here.





If you want to get a head start on the holidays..

Why not gift your dog this holiday season?
Or if you are looking for a great hostess gift - if they are dog lovers, what could be sweeter than offering them a personalized gift basket like this one?




















So have you started shopping yet?
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