September 8, 2009Collier Leeds: Canine Finery

I’m pretty much a jeans, tee-shirt, and flip-flops kind of person. The last time I remember getting really dressed up was probably at my wedding. My dogs, being rough-housers and rabble-rousers, play it fairly casual, too — they never get invited anywhere too fancy. Nevertheless, I’m completely in awe of (and majorly coveting) the gorgeous handmade collars and leads from Collier Leeds.

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These gorgeous pieces are handmade from high quality latigo and English bridle leather, brass, and semi-precious gemstones. Collier Leeds’ founder and owner, Mary Oswald, crafts each piece by hand in her workshop in Virginville, Pennsylvania. (What an awesome name for a town, huh?)

Oswald’s unique and ornate designs are inspired by antique dog collars she encountered at the dog collar museum at Leeds Castle in Kent, England. (I’ll admit it, I never knew there was a dog-collar museum anywhere. Awesome.)

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What’s amazing to me is how completely reasonable the prices of Oswald’s collars, leads, and beautiful collar charms are considering the craftsmanship and materials involved. If I ever have a Saluki (one of my Dream Breeds), she’s totally wearing one of these collars. Fact.

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Find out more about Collier Leeds and check out all the exquisite designs on Collier Leeds’ web site.

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2 comments

  1. Wendy’s avatar

    I always wish Daisy was a dainty dog that could pull off those types of collars. lol She has her coach collar but everyone tells me she is so not a coach dog. She’s always under the shed with the rabbits and filthy. She is such a rough dog.

  2. Skylark Studio’s avatar

    These are indeed gorgeous! I’ve seen them in person (I’m a fellow Virginvillian!) If I ever get my Airdales they are SO wearing these! go Mary!

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