K9 Couture Co featured in The Oklahoma Gazette Cover Story November 29 2015
Cover Story: Creation is an act of defiance
As a veterinarian technician, Crystal Young sees her fair share of dog collars. Mostly, she encounters pups with mass-produced, solid-color, easy-clip, nylon collars wrapped around their necks. Occasionally, a dog might sport a more decorative or leather collar.
Like other pet owners, Young understands the lack of options when it comes to buying collars. She could never find collars that fit her three dogs’ personalities. So she switched collar shopping with buying fabric, nylon and metal buckles.
“I borrowed my mom’s sewing machine, and I taught myself how to sew,” Young recalled. “It just grew from there.”
About two years ago, Young launched K9 Couture Co, designing, making and selling colorful dog collars. At first, a veterinarian clinic sold the stylish collars, but soon, local businesses took an interest. Today, K9 Couture’s products are found in about 20+ locations around the state, including Blue Seven, Barking Dog Bakery & Boutique and Paint N’ Cheers, as well as online at www.k9couturecollars.com. Bethani Baum aids Young in the business venture.
K9 Couture offers modish, durable and often funny collars in six sizes. Like a typical collar, the dog owner will find a welded brass D-ring leash hook and a curved side buckle to contour the collar to fit the pet’s neck. What makes the collars a treat is the unique fabric sewed on the nylon. Soft fabrics feature designs of owls, foxes, wildflowers, colorful shapes and more.
There are even collars designed for fans of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Madonna and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder-themed collars are some of the most popular, along with the Mint Julep design. Additionally, Young creates custom orders, which translates to a dog sporting a one-of-a-kind collar. A percentage of each sale benefits Oklahoma Humane Society.
The positive response to K9 Couture has transitioned Young to working part-time at the vet clinic and spending more time making the collars. She admits the business takes time and hard work, but the reward is seeing happy dogs. Many customers take to social media to post photos of their dogs in the collars and tag K9 Couture.
“We have really been embraced by Oklahoma City,” said Young. “I think every city has a pocket of people that encourage and inspire other local artists. We’ve been very lucky to fall into that.”
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