Jeans go with everything: pairing with camel tweed

camel tweed and denim - a classic stylish Oxford Dogma combo

A. Bag Dispenser in Camel Tweed Wool / B. Reclaimed Denim Leash with Gold Stitching

Camel pretty much looks great with everything. And camel tweed with pink creates an impeccably-refined juxtaposition with casual denim.

I had been struggling with how to incorporate some brighter colors with my Fall/Winter color and fabric themes…when someone suggested pink and brown would work. Genius! I loved how the bright pink turned out with the reserved tan, especially the wooly tweed texture.

Jeans go with everything: pairing with Madras

denim and madras plaid - a classic stylish Oxford Dogma combo

A. Bag Dispenser in Madras Plaid and Denim Colorblock / B. Bag Dispenser in Denim with Madras Plaid Lining / C. Reclaimed Denim Leash with Taupe Stitching

Bright and colorful Madras plaid paired with denim makes me think of slightly-cool summer weather, and has a vague ruggedness to it. Like when you’re doing something industrious with your time but don’t want to look sloppy doing it.

Jeans go with everything: pairing with plaid

denim and plaid - a classic stylish Oxford Dogma combo

A. Bag Dispenser in Plaid and Denim / B. Reclaimed Denim Leash

There’s something about the menswear combo of dark wash jeans with a crisp plaid buttondown. It just says “Fall” to me. The weather is finally cool enough to walk around outdoors in dark colors — even better when the sun warms them up a little to take off a chill. That’s the inspiration of this product pairing of a plaid and denim poo bag dispenser and an upcycled denim leash. It looks especially good with dogs that have dark fur (I discovered this with Bosco, our chocolate Dachshund!)

Gingham + Plaid: polished yet casual

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A collection of cute accessories that give your dog a casual yet polished look

As the weather has started to warm up, I’ve become fixated on creating some new items focused around gingham and plaid. Especially in colors that are fun for summertime.

Gingham and plaid handmade dog accessories roundup

Pink and white gingham dog collar / Pink and white gingham poo bag dispenser / Madras plaid and salmon pink poo bag dispenser / Madras plaid and salmon pink dog collar / Red, white, and blue plaid dog collar / Navy blue and white gingham poo bag dispenser / 6-ft navy blue and white gingham cotton leash for small dogs

Why gingham and plaid?

My affinity toward these classic fabrics is rooted in my love of order, systems, and patterns. But they also bring to mind summer picnics and easy, breezy days by the sea. They’re timeless and classic without being dull. They’re polished, yet casual.

Or perhaps childhood memories of watching Gilligan’s Island reruns after school bubbled up in my unconscious: Mary Ann often wore a red gingham dress. And of all the characters on that show, I’m a Mary Ann (trust me, I took the quiz).

A special summertime version of plaid is Madras style plaid. It’s often found in bright, vibrant colors that come together with a fun energy. Who wouldn’t love a beachy vacation stroll in Madras plaid shorts? Apparently it’s been an American staple for quite some time:

“Cotton plaid madras reached American soil first in 1718 as a donation to the Collegiate School of Connecticut (otherwise known as Yale)”
– Checkered Past: A Brief History of the Madras Plaid Shirt

A few people have told me that putting a gingham or plaid collar on a dog transforms them. It gives them a really sharp and confident look — like you didn’t know what they were missing until they were sporting the dapper accessory.

Bosco wearing a navy blue and white gingham collar

Dobbie wearing a plaid collar in red white and blue plaid

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I’m particularly excited about expanding my bag dispenser design to include some of these fabrics as accents on the outside. My inspiration board has many preppy summer outfits (pink, navy, and tan was one of my favorites!) that combine a few different colors and patterns, and I wanted to coordinate three different fabrics for the bag dispensers. It provides more of an opportunity to play patterns, colors, and textures off of each other.

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The collection

To outfit your dog with these cute and preppy accessories, visit the my Etsy shop.

The one-of-a-kind Mutt Love Dog Leash

Mutt Love Dog Leash from Oxford Dogma

Celebrate what makes mutts special and unique

Do you wear your mutt-owner status with pride? The Mutt Love Dog Leash was inspired by the lovable mutts of the world, with their mix of mysterious bits that makes them special and one of a kind.

I’m always looking for ways to design and create my products conscientiously, keeping the resource impact on the planet in mind and making as little waste as possible. One of the reasons I like to use reclaimed materials is to keep stuff out of the landfills. Wastefulness really bugs me! Finding new uses for things that are typically discarded is a mission and challenge I find really rewarding — the same approach applies in my kitchen, too. It wasn’t always that way though.

Before I started making more things from scratch, whether it’s a loaf of bread, a cake, or a dog leash, I wasn’t very aware of how wasteful I could be. But the process of making things with my own two hands instead of buying them from the store has given me a much bigger appreciation of the work that goes into the making. I save leftovers, I save jars, and I save fabric scraps.

So as I’ve created new handcrafted items in my workshop from reclaimed materials, like the Bag Dispenser and Tailored Dog Jacket, it leaves behind various bits and scraps that are too small, or the wrong shape, for many things. But they’re perfect joined together into something new and meaningful.

The design and materials of this dog leash are inspired by shelter pets of mysterious backgrounds. It’s the mix of mysterious bits makes them special and one of a kind — both the leashes and our furry family members!

Mutt Love Leash in reclaimed black white grey LSH113

Mutt Love Leash in reclaimed black white grey LSH113 with bag dispenser

The leash is 6 feet long, with a soft yet sturdy feel in your hands. It’s 5/8 inch wide, making it a good size for a small to medium dog, with a ring for attaching an accessory (a Bag Dispenser is perfect here). The materials are a mix of twill, corduroy, and wool, all reclaimed from cotton trousers and wool sport jackets in classic colors for timeless style. It’s made in small batches, and no two are the same.

With the special Mutt Love edition products, my mission is to highlight all that we love about mutts. These are often the animals found in shelters, in need of their forever home — the underdogs. All pets deserve love, but there’s a special place in my heart for those that wound up without families or homes and just need adopting. It’s why I choose to donate a portion of every sale to shelters. If you’ve adopted a mutt, you know how good it feels to invite one into your life. It brings joy and it brings challenges, but it completes you in a way that few things do. In fact, it’s hard to stop at one!

Each Mutt Love item is one-of-a-kind, just like your fur baby. To find the handcrafted Mutt Love Dog Leash that’s a fit for your family, visit my shop >

Mutt Love Dog Leash from Oxford Dogma