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Fashion for Paws: alumni trunk show

Stay tuned – I will be posting a lot of upcoming December events in the next few days. Here’s the first one to kick it off!

Some of our alumni from the Pet Fashion Design and Marketing Certificate program have joined together to bring you this wonderful trunk show! Hope you can make it!

WWW.BLACK-AND-CO.COM. All products will be manufactured in NYC.  You can also contact me directly for any custom pieces from the FIT Pet Fashion Show at [email protected]

Chewee wearing Dawn Deisler Chappy in Dawn Deisler

Simply, for the love of dogs and fashion!  As a clothing designer in the fashion industry for over 20 years, I was frustrated when I could not find a warm, fashionable coat for my male toy schnauzer, Chappy.  Most coats were a plain nylon, fiber filled with a Velcro tab- the velco sticks to his hair, and he hates it.  So I designed him a simple coat, inspired by the seasons trend of shearling, and attached adjustable metal rivet snaps, in case he was wearing a heavy sweater underneath.  I live in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn, which has a very large dog population.  People started stopping me and asking me where I got his coat.  I realized that I was not the only person not able to find  functional and fashionable coats for dogs.   I found that I had found my true passion, designing clothing, but for canines!

Experience in the Pet Design & Marketing Program:
My experience in the PET CERTIFICATE PROGRAM has been very rewarding and positive.  All of the instructors are in the pet industry, so they bring a wealth of knowledge to this little known industry.  The classes are very diversified, from design, sketching, patternmaking, branding and marketing.  Many of the instructors have guest industry speakers, which further demonstrates that the pet industry  is a large, and exciting field that is constantly growing.

It is thru the support of the instructors and staff of the program that I have been able to participate in the annual canine fashion show for the last 2 years, placing 2 ensembles last year in “Best Designs’ and winning ‘Best of Show’ and co-winning ‘Most Saleable’ this year.

black & co website



BARKinistas Unleashed: Meet the Designers

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Lauren Brooke

With an estimated number of 165 million pets in the United States today. and the humanization of pets rapidly increasing, Lauren Brooke of Emma’s Closet created a company that caters to the luxuries for today’s pet. She provides entertainment and happiness to pets and pet parents alike by creating enjoyable and fashionable clothing, party-wear, collars, leashes, and jewelry to spice up everyday life as well as formal events.

Contact Lauren Brooke at (516) 655-2400 for private consultations and additional information.

Emma’s Closet was founded in 2011.

Lauren Brooke is a Fashion Design student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience in the fashion industry both styling customers and designing apparel and accessories. She has worked for companies such as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Anthropologie, and Paper Magic Group, Halloween Costume Division. Lauren also has also had her work displayed in the Fashion After Bark Fashion Show in 2011 & Barkinistas Unleashed in 2012, and has designed Pet Apparel for the New York Yankees.

zoe in peach dress

Experience in the Pet Design & Marketing Program:
There has never been a time in my life where fashion wasn’t a predominantly large factor. I come from a family of fashionistas and artists, from my mother who worked in a Soho gallery, to my opera-singing grandparents, and even their parents. And I am an avid dog-lover and give nothing but the best for my little princess. The experiences that I have had in my life thus far have taught me that it is always best to follow your heart. So I have decided that since making pet apparel does nothing but put a smile on my face as well as satisfies my creative side, I must go for it. The Pet Design & Marketing Program at FIT has guided me towards fulfilling my dream.

Lauren contact info