One of the hottest fashion accessories to hit the market recently are high end dog collars. And high end they can be, on the price that is! Some of the styles from Gucci, LV or Chanell can reach as much as $700! Ouch! These designer collars have always been around and always will. The average shopper simply doesn’t come into contact with them as they aren’t normally out on display.
Recently other designers, particularly those known for their handbags and accessories, have begun to get in on this lucrative market. Fashion names like Coach, Liz Claiborne, Burberry, Dooney & Bourke etc have brought the prices of these fashion dog collars down to earth. You will often find a small separate section of these adorable collars and leashes right beside your favorite hobo or tote bag!
And why not? People will pay $8 or more per gallon for bottled water so dropping a Ben Franklin on a fashion collar for your spoiled pooch is easily justified! For the fashion conscious, a matching designer dog collar to compliment your designer handbag, umbrella, scarf or other accessory is quite a statement! Not only will you both look great but little Fifi will get more of the much needed attention he craves and appreciate what you’ve done!
The quality of these collars is usually good. Of course, the $700 LV had better last a lifetime, and it probably will! The Claiborne collars are usually very affordable, under $15.00, but not of great quality and not much of a selection. The Dooney’s are usually under $40 but again, not much of a choice and the quality is not what you’d expect.
So the question remains, “Is there such a thing as affordable, stylish $30 – $50 designer collars that will hold up?” “Can I justify spending this?” Yes! The answer to that is hands down, Coach! They have a very nice variety and most of them, even the large collars, fall right within that range. Their dog collars are made of the same quality leather and hardware found in their handbags and the style tends to be a cross between high end and cute! The craftsmanship is superb. These collars aren’t going to tear or shred and they aren’t so stiff and thick as to strangle your little buddy either.
Most of the Coach dog collars come with some nice decorative hardware with room for engraving and there are many colors, sizes and styles to choose from. Much more to choose from than Dooney or Liz or anyone else. It seems this company saw the future of this fashion trend and didn’t waste any time capitalizing on it.
There are also a lot of no name companies putting very cheap “designer inspired” dog collars out on the market. They are generally not of good quality. Most of them have lots of rhinestones or fancy patterns but they will fall apart on you. The leather is not of good quality and the stitching is usually loose. For just a few more bucks you can get the quality, style and prestige that comes with a quality brand name collar.
So will Fifi be getting a high end dog collar from me? I think so! There’s plenty of these cute collars to choose from and it’s a fun little thing to do. Perhaps I’ll leave the shopping and selection up to my wife, but the Louis Vuitton is definitely out. The fact that he’s a French Poodle will not sway me on this one!