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Introducing – Coming Home for Christmas. A Special Collaborative Project

Coming home for Christmas. How did it all start?

Coming home for Christmas all started when I met the lovely Amy, a student from Brighton Met College. She originally approached me for an internship but! I thought her art style was amazing and I just knew we could work on a project together that would be so special and unique. With mine and hers love for the environment and for man’s best friend, we just knew it was fate!

“I first heard about sams buisness from a university friend who got work experience with Sam and told me what a positive experience it was. Instantly I was drawn to Sams beautiful prints that are theamed around nature. Nature is a constant influence for me and features heavily in my work. Sustainability is something that is important to me and I respect how much Sams business is geared around running ethically. In January 2020 (before covid hit the U.K.) I contacted Sam to see whether I could gain work experience with her later on in the year. In January I had an interview with Sam and got the position. I felt I instantly got on with Sam and was excited for this opportunity. We spoke then about possibly collaborating together in the future. Little did any of us know then that COVID 19 would change our lives! However that has not stopped us! Once I finished my second year of university,  I contacted Sam to see whether I could gain work experience remotely and collaborate with her. We have decided to create a Christmas collection together that is going to be around an animal we both love… dogs! We are combining our styles together :)” Amy Lynne Design

Who is doing what?

With Amy’s amazing drawing skills and my pattern design knowledge we are hoping to create a beautifully cheesy Christmas collection. These patterns and drawings will be on a range of dog collars, leads, notebooks and cards, just in time for Christmas.

The main elements of the design are the gorgeous Golden Retriever, a Black Labrador, a Beagle and a Dachshund. All of these dogs have been voted in the top 20 of the nations favourite dog breeds. Combining all of your favourite breeds and Christmas, we thought it would be the perfect combination.

All of the drawings of the dogs are done by Amy. Beautifully painted using watercolours. She is an amazing artist and really takes her time to get the detail right. Resulting in very life like drawings! These combined with my complimenting elements showing less detail, our drawings work well together.

When is this collection available?

We are currently in the design process of this project and we plan to have the collection released for mid October. This collection will be available online, in shops and at the amazing Country Living Fair in London.

I can’t wait to see what we come out with and we can’t wait to show you. Keep an eye on my blog for updates to follow our journey!

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Designing My New Eco-Friendly Dog Collars and Leads

Designing my new eco-friendly dog collars and leads

I am so excited! I have started a journey where I am now designing accessories for dogs. For me, this really is a dream come true. Since I started the business back in 2017, It has always been on my mind but I just wasn’t quite sure how to approach the idea. There were a lot of unknowns like how do I find someone to manufacture all of these products? What sizes and designs do I do? Where do I source everything? Creating this range was a learning process and involved a lot of experimentation, research and taking the time to learn about the needs of our fellow companions.

Getting back to basics

At the start of the design process, I started researching all of the different types of collars and leads that are on the market currently. There are so many different products for sale in all different shapes and sizes but none that were all of the following:

Eco-friendly, affordable, beautiful and practical

I wanted to make sure that the end products achieved all 4 of these key elements. I think its so important now more than ever to make beautiful and affordable eco-friendly products accessible to everyone. With these key elements in mind, I dug out my sketchbook and began sketching what I imagined the products to look like.

Putting it all together

I decided comfort and durability were a big part of the designs, as these accessories would undergo a lot of daily wear and tear. With this in mind, I picked a tough webbing and a twill fabric that are made from 100% cotton. Making the collars and leads breathable, durable and strong. I have also added antique brass and silver metal finishes. These include the buckles, D rings and the tri-glade adjusters. The tri-glade allows for the collar to be adjusted so you can have the perfect fit for your dog. Ranging from 35-65cm, the collar will grow with your pet.

For the lead, I have added a great feature. A padded handle. We all know dogs love to pull, especially when there is food or a friend involved, so I decided to make the experience a bit more comfortable for you. I have used 100% cotton wadding and sustainable cork that is handmade in Portugal to cover the handle. I have also added a D ring so you can attach a poop bag, a bag of treats or your keys.

All of these great features make the products extra special.

When and where can I get the new accessories?

I will be making matching collars and leads for the end of August. They will be available in the Golden Labrador, Black Labrador, Chocolate Labrador and my favourite the Woodland pattern.

They will only be available in the one size for now but watch this space as I will be developing patterns, sizes and styles in the future!

*ENDED* You will be able to pre-order on my website soon. If you pre-order you will get 20% off the RRP. For information on when the pre-orders will be open sign up to my newsletter for more information.