Another day, another company that I have completely fallen head over heals for! You all know that I kind of have a leash obsession. I know it’s strange, but what can I say? I like my babes to have options! So, I am always on the lookout for new and unique companies making leashes and collars like no one else. I recently came across a UK brand called Absurd Design, and of course the company is created and run by a fellow #badassdogmom! Kate saw such a lack of traditionally crafted dog accessories that were also creative and fun! So she decided to take matters into her own hands, literally! She makes every piece by hand! My favorite thing about her products is that every single one is different, and you will never see your collar or leash on another pup, because you have the only one! I mean, how great is that! We had the pleasure to ask the mastermind behind it all, Kate, a few questions about how she got started, what influences her and what’s next for Absurd Designs!
How did you get started?
I got started after a trip to Canada and America where I looked after people’s pups while I travelled. I realized the products their dogs had were much nicer than what was around in the UK and being a Graphic Designer, I’ve always wanted to create something that was different and that I had made from scratch that someone would love.
Tell us about your pups!
Absurd(ly) I don’t have a dog of my own yet! Which is where Absurd Design came from. In the future though I would either like to own a Toller or raise and train service puppies for the first 12 months of their lives to help be companions and working dogs for people with disabilities.
What and who influence your work?
I guess I influence myself a lot – I really would like to make something amazing and unique for all the dogs I wish I could have right now and I’ll keep going until I feel I have tried at least a design for all the dog products available (there’s a lot!) I get influenced by colour and pattern and I’m always writing down ideas, something really bizarre may influence the next colour style or Absurd Product.
What is another dog brand you love and why?
I do love Growlees dog tags! I always have a massive grin when a new tag design pops up on my Instagram. They’re always so clever and imaginative with the sayings and I really love that – keep up the great work Growlees !
What keeps you inspired?
People’s comments when they see my products or when they talk about something that they’re really concerned about with the pet industry. I want to make sure I’m being as local as I can with where I source my fabrics and materials from and I want them to be as safe and friendly for the dog. I also want to offer the owners things that make them smile and enjoy being with their dog even more, this inspires me to be different.
Here are some of our personal favorite products from the line!
If you are like me and like to switch up your leads and collars, every other day then please do yourself a HUGE favor and get a one-of-a-kind leash and collar from Absurd Designs! And while you’re at it, grab a bandana or two to complete your look!
You can follow them on instagram here, to make sure you are up-to-date on all the new products and designs!