By now, our readers know our insane obsession and love for bandanas for our dogs. So when we find something completely unique and not-so-seen in the market, you know we’re going to pounce on that!!
When I came across Vine & Tribe on Instagram, I couldn’t believe how beautiful their bandanas were for cats and dogs! You can tell, even just in photos, that they are made with so much love and attention to detail.
As I kept scrolling through, I realized that they’re custom made for each unique animal that wears them! I LOVE THAT SO MUCH!!! I love that so much that the sentence deserved all caps and three exclamation points! We were able to custom design our bandanas specifically for each dog of Gal’s Best Friend. And, can I just say, Lindsay NAILED IT when it came to making our vision/design come to life?!! Each bandana truly speaks to each dogs’ individual personality.
Can you tell that I am completely obsessed with her and your work?! Okay, okay. I don’t want to sound like a stalker! Let’s get to know Lindsay, the owner of Vine & Tribe Co., and her business.
How did you get started with your business?
In 2018, I went to an embroidery workshop to learn a new hobby. I have always liked to make gifts for friends and family. For Christmas that year, I made a bandana for my sister-in-law and her dog, Inca. I posted a picture of Inca wearing her bandana on my Instagram account. My friends asked me to make bandanas for their dogs and that was the start of Vine & Tribe Co.
Tell us about your pet(s)!
So when people ask me about my pets, I usually respond with I have a small zoo at home lol. All of my pets are rescues and have been through a lot with me. I don’t know what I would do without them.
Ally is my 14 year old short hair Tortieshell cat. I adopted her from a family friend who found a litter of kittens living under a barn. Ally is dealing with a lot of health issues including kidney disease, feline IBS and pancreatitis. My husband and I give Ally IV fluids three times a week as well as other medications. She is our tough as nails girl and we love her to pieces.
Josie is my 12 year old chocolate point Siamese mix that I rescued from a cat colony. Josie is my soul mate in cat form haha. I love her to pieces and she is the best snuggler there is. She has quite the personality and has many different vocal tones to tell you exactly how she is feeling.
Paisley is my almost 12 year old Collie Shepherd cross. Paisley was rescued from a dump when she was approximately one. Paisley loves her humans and any attention she can get. She is very expressive and will tell you exactly how she is feeling. Her grandparents are her favourite people in the world and she loves to be at my parents house any chance she can get.
Levi is my 8 year old Husky Shepherd cross. He was rescued from the Shelter that I now work at! When I rescued Levi I was a foster home for local dog rescue. It was love at first sight and I couldn’t let him go. I call Levi my drama king. He has lots to say and is always hungry! I can always talk Levi into modelling bandanas for Vine & Tribe Co. if I pay up with lots of treats!
Jude is my 7 year old white/black tabby cat. Jude came into my life at a time when I needed someone else to focus on. I was going through a horrible divorce and my world was shattered. Jude was a stray cat who was sleeping in the shed in my backyard. I would go outside to talk to him, try to feed him and he would alway run away. So it became our routine where I would leave food out for him, say “Hey Jude” and he would run away. And yes, I did name him after The Beatles song! After about 4 months of feeding him, I came home on a -40C Alberta winter night to Jude sitting at my front door. He came inside that night and the rest is history!
My husband and I were married in 2019 and that summer we found a stray cat living under my parents deck. We think he was dumped in the area. I work at an animal shelter part time and I planned to take the cat there. My husband wouldn’t hear of it and took the cat home. Ollie is approximately 2 years old, a long haired brown tabby and he is our spoiled farm cat. He lives in the heated garage, catches mice in his spare time and hangs out in the barn with our baby Nigerian Dwarf goats.
And last, but not least, is our baby Winnie. Winnie is a 1 year old long haired Tortieshell cat. At the Shelter I work at, the inside joke is you don’t actually work there until you adopt an animal. I was almost at my one year anniversary of working at the animal shelter when Winnie came in. I knew she was special and I couldn’t give her up. My husband and I adopted Winnie one month before our wedding. It was a little crazy but we couldn’t imagine our family without her.
My animals are my children and while some people may think I’m a crazy cat/dog lady, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What and who influences your work?
I learned to embroider from Alex of @floralsansflossbroidery and she is amazingly talented. The embroidery community on Instagram is fantastic. There are so many talented artists to follow and be inspired by. My love of animals influenced me to create products that other cat/dog moms would like to have for their fur babies.
What is/are your favorite pet brands and why?
@bigwildproject is a Canadian company (British Columbia) that makes apparel for dog lovers. I love everything they make and a percentage of their sales are given to animal rescues. @creationsbeautifulchaos is a Canadian company (Ontario) that makes amazing hand stamped dog tags. @nearlynakedneckwear is also a Canadian company (Alberta) that makes customs dog collars. Both of my dogs have collars from this company and they are gorgeous.
These three small businesses are female owned and the inspire me to keep going and to do the best I can with my own company.
2020 has been a female dog… What do you have planned for your company in 2021?
My hope for 2021 is that life will return to some sort of normalcy. I would love to take more embroidery workshops to expand on my skills. It would be great to be able to go to markets, interact with customers and other artists. Time will tell!
How can people support you and your business?
I’m always in awe of the love and support I receive both in person and on social media. I embroider because I love it and it helps me relax in my spare time. Like any small business, word of mouth and referrals are always appreciated. Likes, saves and shares on Instagram are a great way to support a small business without spending any money.
Where can people find you (website, social handles, stores)?
For now I’m just on Instagram at @vinetribe.co
If you have one of those friends or relatives that are difficult to buy gifts for, I think this is the perfect gift because they can’t and won’t find this anywhere else! If you’re shopping for yourself, go to the dog park knowing that no other dog will be wearing what your dog is wearing.
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