A Chat with Sophisticated Pup, Fine Pet Products
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Sophisticated Pup is the original handmade pet product designer in Chicago. Started in 2006, Sophisticated Pup has been outfitting dogs with handmade, premium pet products for nearly a decade. Sophisticated Pup products are sold in premium pet boutiques across the US and internationally.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
All materials are provided for designing a dog collar of the student’s choice. Attendees may choose from hundreds of ribbons, fabrics and embellishments to create a truly unique, handmade dog collar. Students will go home with their own custom dog collar. BYOB. May bring one well behaved dog as well!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Sophisticated Pup was started in 2006 out of a love for a little pug named Penny. Owner/Designer Michelle O’Hollaren, applied her design skills and numerous degrees in art and business management to create Sophisticated Pup, a truly unique company.
What do you love most about your job?
I love creating for pets! Some people can’t believe it when I tell them what I do for a living, sometimes I can’t either! Creating pet products is such a fun, creative job, I love every minute of it. It combines my two passions- pets and design.