Thursday, August 02, 2007

Handmade Leather Dog Collars

A small company poised for growth is Paco Collars. Run by leather artisans and dog owners, they create and sell custom and handmade leather dog collars. These collars are beautiful but also highly functional, with tapered neck widths for smaller dogs and multiple sturdy leash attachments. Each order is handmade to each dog's specifications and takes 6-8 weeks for delivery. The company also sells leashes that match the collar in color, leather and brass or silver hardware.

The depth of commitment to the human-animal bond (and to the customer) is on display, from the initial order process to a lifetime guarantee on parts. When the dog passes the company can make the collar into a bracelet for the owner.

When asked who's buying these expensive collars, founder Ana Poe responded, "The one really interesting trend that we've found in our sales is that there is no one demographic that's buying. When we think we've got the consumer pegged, there's a whole new crop of people that surprise us.  Rich, poor, young, old, you name it and they're buying."

Maybe this widespread appeal is why a Paco Collar was recently spotted in a television ad for Proctor & Gamble's Febreze air fresheners.

It seems Paco Collars is well-positioned in the pet industry as it moves forward. By offering premium, well-designed, custom products to pet parents across demographic groups, the company is aligned with core trends in spending and consumer behavior.

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