It all started with a throwaway comment from a friend one fine spring day in the dog park. I was complaining I couldn’t find anything to satiate my lifelong scarf obsession.
The response? “Design your own!”
So, after working for over 20-years in the corporate world, that throwaway comment is what started this journey.
Telling stories through design
I’ve always loved a good story. Hearing them, telling them. Stories that make you think, evoke, or simply bring a smile. Stories that recall wonderful moments of days gone past; of moments we’d love to have again. Stories of love, loss, desire or adventure.
Scarves have always been my ultimate accessory. Not just because they create the final edit and elevate an outfit, but because of how they make me feel. I’m an emotional buyer when it comes to my wardrobe, I love things that make me feel good when I wear them.
Therefore, when I started dog&boy, I didn’t just want to make ‘stuff'. We wanted to create something more than just a seasonal fashion piece. They had to have purpose and meaning. Our designs had to tell a story, which could be anyone’s story, but a story about a moment in time that has made you stop and enjoy and appreciate, even just for that fleeting moment.
What’s in a name?
All our designs are created with incredible detail using textures, photos, and illustrations. Many of them come from personal moments we’ve loved, telling a story we’ve loved.
Connecting with people through thoughtful design is what dog&boy is all about.
Our timeless prints surprise and delight with each design telling a story, creating emotion, sparking ideas, and capturing moments. But there is one story that embodies what dog&boy is all about. It’s about a lady called Margot. Margot was my beautiful mum.
Just before launching the business, mum was diagnosed with the insidious and indiscriminate disease, brain cancer. She passed away one month to the day of her diagnosis on May 4, 2015.
After her passing, I found out she was actually a frustrated sketch artist, and a pretty good one. She had sketchbook after sketchbook of mostly botanical drawings and muses – a reflection of her love of the simple beauty in everything she saw each and every day.
It was the simplicity of her sketches that spoke to me. We have used many of her original sketches in our designs in numerous collections, and it is this simple everyday beauty on which we base the stories of our designs for dog&boy.
So, after all this, I hear you ask, why the name dog&boy?
Well, yes, I do have a dog, Barry the Chocolate Labrador (yes, he is as big a softie as he sounds), and a boy, my son Nicholas. But the name is more than just that; it is about the unequivocal youthful spirit of imagination, the possibilities of what could be, and the desire to make it happen.
I hope our designs bring a little touch of luxury to your day and you find joy and meaning in every print, every design.
Whether it’s noticing life’s simple beauty, or experiencing a subtle shift in perspective, dog&boy reminds us all to enjoy the little moments – because that’s where the magic happens.
South Melbourne Victoria, Australia