The Unstoppable Rise of Canine Couture
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The Unstoppable Rise of Canine Couture

The most stylish dogs

A new breed of stylish attire for modish mutts is guaranteed to turn every dog walk into a catwalk, says Marc Abbott.

Scroll through your social media and you’ll likely spot at least a few dog pictures, from suave Staffies to fanciful Frenchies and impeccable Italian greyhounds. The inexorable rise of the Instagram dog account highlights an explosion in the popularity of canine couture, and aspiring dog owners-cum-stylists are well catered for: the choice when it comes to dressing our pups for walking, lounging, or simply wagging from home, is wider than a lurcher’s yawn.

With every dog walk, we’re blessed with an ideal opportunity to show off not only ourselves but also those fluffy four-legged extensions of our own personas. ‘People tend to choose a dog based on a desire to display their own personality – just look at Audrey Hepburn’s miniature Yorkshire Terrier, Mr Famous,’ says Chelsea-based stylist Jasmin Nissa Shaw. ‘So it naturally follows that you’d style your canine companion according to your personal look.’

‘The act of dressing your dog is definitely veering away from the gimmicky and trending towards understated chic,’ she adds. ‘And just like their owners, dogs are being dressed according to their location, with different styles for the town or the countryside.’

 Jasmin Nissa Shaw steps out with Yvie the Cairn Terrier

Jasmin Nissa Shaw steps out with Yvie the Cairn Terrier

Jasmin’s own dog Yvie is a cairn terrier, a dead ringer for Dorothy’s Toto and rarely happier than when she’s on a Barbour-clad country walk. Pastoral pups are perfectly pandered to by some delightful cotton creations from this great British brand – arguably the perfect match for our waxed coat and welly-booted traipses across farm and field.

Pep up your rural Rover’s wardrobe with Barbour’s matt waxed coat (£44.95) with de rigueur corduroy collar and metal waist buckle, or its cosy quilted coat (£44.95) to keep your pooch’s tummy toasty. The waterproof tartan coat (£54.95) will also keep the worst of April showers at bay. Meanwhile, up-and-coming British brand MEWS offers a variety of stylish accessories for your pooch, from leads and collars to this dashing dog carrier (£895).

Moncler Poldo Dog Couture

Moncler x Poldo MonDog Cloak

For lengthy walks on higher ground, Italian skiwear company Moncler has partnered with canine outfitter Poldo to create quilted Mondog duvet gilets (from £345).

‘What I’ve seen on my lockdown walks in London’s Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is that dog walks are almost turning into a competition to see whose is the best dressed,’ says Jasmin. And the wide choice of outerwear for town and city gives your fluffy pal every chance to turn that parkland dog walk into a catwalk.

TEMELLINI dog a porter

Temellini Dog À Porter Sherlock coat, from €156

Milanese master of four-legged tailoring, Temellini, has a Dog À Porter collection to inject some elegance into urban exercise. Its wool or cashmere Sherlock coat (€156-€421) befits a chic saluki, the upturned collar marvellously evoking the Baker Street detective’s sleuthing cape. The perfect ensemble for sniffing out tasty treats?

On the flip side, you might imbue your faithful friend with attitude by opting for street stylings from DSquared2, whose range of doggie denim (from £325), hoodies for hounds (£260) and even baseball caps (£70) is bang on trend.

Belgravia-based Mungo & Maud is a one-stop shop for town hounds, with items like this quilted coat (£119.90) adding panache to city-dwelling fur babies. The brand’s cashmere pullovers (£179) also cater to the new demand for stylish loungewear, reflecting the way so many of us have been dressing for the past year. What better way to introduce your four-legged friend to colleagues on a Zoom call than in a matching sweater?

Ralph Lauren teddy bear sweater

Ralph Lauren teddy bear sweater

Loungewear fever has caught on for our furry friends, too. Temellini has Netflix and pizza all wrapped up with its Peppa Felpa sweatshirt (from €153.50) and perfectly preppy Sugar Bomber cardigan (from €125). Even luxury brands like Ralph Lauren cater for the hairiest member of the family, with a polo shirt (from £60) and a delightful teddy bear-motif jumper (£225).

Indeed, for those of us with expensive tastes it’s possible to lavish your Lassie with the finest goods known to man (and man’s best friend). Dior has a jacquard collar (£460) bearing the French fashion house’s ‘oblique’ motif and a decorative padlock. Louis Vuitton also has its own collar, available in standard or extra small fit (from £220). Versace offers a world of luxuries, from the Crete de Fleur Print dog T-shirt (£140) and raincoat (£235) to the a variety of leads and collars as well as the sumptuous Barocco print dog bed (£930).

‘When people update their seasonal wardrobe they’re also updating their dogs’ accessories, especially their leatherwear,’ observes Jasmin. The final word in luxury leather collars goes to Sirius, whose exceptional Parisian artisans hand-fashion the Italian leather collars, Baloo (£345) and Charlie (£297) in limited quantities for discerning customers.

When all that peacocking has become a bit too much for your puffed-out pooch, there’s always the Louis Vuitton monogrammed canvas dog carrier (£2660), or Mungo & Maud’s more conservatively priced Tortue bag (£315).

What can we learn from this rise in chic canine clothing? If you want to be the talk of the town – or even the village – teaching your dog the importance of dressing to impress is a sure-fire way to get tongues and tails wagging.

Image Credit: Bram Schilling

Pick of the Pooches

In the spirit of updating Crufts for the Insta generation, here’s the C&TH pick of the most eye-catching looks for discerning dogs…

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Bulldog in brown leather collar

The Pawfect Accessory

Check out this stylish leather collar from MEWS London, £115.

Travel In Style

Turn heads with this coat in Fendi’s classic FF print, £360.

Street Smarts

Polo check vest, fluffy collar with attitude… and those little legs! £405.

Country Casual

Go full camo or go home; for the lapdog that thinks it’s a gun dog, £395. moncler.compage4image65588032

Netflix And Chill

What says ‘binge-watching The Queen’s Gambit’ better than matching Sugar Bomber cardigans? From €125.