The internet contains vast amounts of never-ending information, and if nothing else, it’s taught us that a) we’re all a little bit dog crazy, and b) shopping can be done from the comfort of our own home. To celebrate these two facts, we’ve sniffed out the best local dog accessories the online world has to offer.
So if you want your dog looking more lady and less tramp, check out the following local retailers. Next time you’re strolling down the road, we guarantee you won’t be the only one getting whistled at.
Dogs of Desire
Handmade dog accessories made to order from the best quality fabrics. Think slide-on bandanas with funky modern prints, collars, leads, even dog beds, carry bags and crocheted toys. The team behind Dogs of Desire consists of two humans and two dogs, with a fashion-forward outlook prioritising comfort above all else. One of our favourites is the Pawtect Pendant – a simple, chemical free flea repellent in the shape of a pendant; simply pop it on your dog’s collar and you’re good to go. Who even knew this was a thing?
8 Paws focus on artisan, designer pet products. Here you’ll find everything your pet needs, from beds to bowls, toys, collars, leads, travel items and of course, clothing. Created by the best designers, style and functionality are key, and the materials are quality. Wrap your pet in a designer Billy Wolf jacket made from real vintage fabrics, water resistant canvas on the one side and heritage plaid wool on the other for those unpredictable Auckland days! 8 Paws also supply some of the best dog food on the market, air dried and made from natural ingredients sourced from New Zealand farms. Oh, and they cater to cats and humans, too. Nice.
Sleep, play, feed, travel, groom and clothe—Animal Outfitters have all your dog needs covered. Adorning your pupper in exclusive designer jackets and jumpers, hand-cut and sewn from high-quality textiles here in New Zealand, keeping dogs warm and dry through the winter months since aaaages ago. Lined for warmth and softness, combined with water-repellent wind-resistant science-type stuff, Animal Outfitter’s lightweight coats allow a freedom of movement to keep your pet exercising no matter the weather. A big highlight is the grooming range—kiwi-made from natural ingredients only, with no nasty chemicals, PH-balanced to gently cleanse and softly nourish your pet’s coat and skin.
Mascot Pet Outfitters
Mascot Pet Outfitters are an all-rounder when it comes to pet needs. Treat yourself and your pet with Friendship Collar’s double whammy of a deal, where a dog’s collar comes with a matching human bracelet. Even better: Friendship Collar are the world’s very first PETA approved vegan pet brand, cruelty free and animal friendly. You’ll also find personalised collars, handcrafted in Europe from the softest nappa leather, funny dog tags, hand distressed denim jackets, and even dog teas. Yes, holistic tea for dogs, available in two varieties—one aimed at boosting your dog’s inner health, the other promoting fresh breath and oral hygiene. Mascot also stock Haute Diggity Dog—the original designer parody dog toy company. Think toys baring the brands of Chewy Vuiton, Jimmy Chew and Pawlenciaga, among others.
If you’re looking for a collar that makes a statement, look no further. Hippie Hound specialise in handmade, limited edition collars designed to enhance your pooch’s individual style. Born out of one dog lover’s passion for dog fashion, all the collars are handmade from vintage fabrics sourced from op-shops and garage sales, with a bit of designer fabrics thrown into the mix. The best thing about Hippie Hound, however, is that every single item purchased sends a 50c donation to the Christchurch dog rescue! As dog lovers, we can all agree there is not enough support for rescues out there, and if getting our pets kitted out is a way to help, we’re in.
Mr Soft Top
Mr Soft Top focus primarily on dog clothing, and boy do they have the options. Coats, sweaters, denim work-shirts, long Tees, short Tees, summer Tees and merino Tees… you and your dog are spoilt for choice. The sweaters are bespoke, designed to fit your pooch like a tailor-made suit, and all the garments are extra lightweight yet incredibly warm, perfect for wear all year round. If your dog is prone to rashes in the summertime then Mr Soft Top’s Sun Tees are a must. They’re made from Seafolly swimwear Lycra to protect the skin from the harsh sun and dry grass, and are of course, perfectly safe for swimming. To top it off, all the goodies are handmade right here in Aotearoa.
Cotton Tails Store
If it can be made on a sewing machine, Cotton Tails owner Maegan has probably given it a crack. Bandanas are the main focus here, however you’ll also find a variety of blankets, bowties, tote bags, toys, denim vests and even ‘poop buddies’. Handcrafted in New Zealand, Cotton Tails are happy to cater to your pet’s individuality by creating personalised items adorned with your pet’s name or a witty slogan. An activist for waste reduction, Maegan recycles surplus clothing and fabrics from charities into contemporary products, and only uses 100% biodegradable packaging. While the main focus is on dogs, there’s also a small range of cat products available.
4 UR PAWS
100% NZ owned and operated, 4 UR PAWS provides original bandanas, personalised coats and collars for your dog. Their moto is “our pets must have the best” and focus on quality is foremost. A huge range of bandanas to choose from, perfect for keeping your babies’ temperature down in the summertime by wearing wet. All the products are ‘test-driven’ by the company’s very own fur family, so there’s no doubt they are both comfortable and practical. You’ll even find a dog seat belt for sale. You can finally keep your doggo safe in the event of an accident, phew. They’re also a community player, supporting a number of charities through equipment supply. And on top of everything, shipping within New Zealand is absolutely free!
Image Credit: 8 Paws