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Seattle brand Louie de Coton creates functional fashion for pets

High-end fashion isn’t just for humans anymore. Seattle-based Louie de Coton offers stylish and protective gear for you and your four-legged bestie.

Fay Andersson is the owner and chief designer of Louie de Coton. She says the designs aren't just fashionable, they're functional.

"All of our products are designed to solve a problem for the pups," Andersson says. "Our cooling collection with UPF+ are one of our most popular products. We are continuously improving the quality of the fabrics and the design."

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In 2011, Andersson was badly injured in an auto accident and broke several ribs, "As you can imagine, my recovery was very slow and painful, I got depressed. I decided to get a Maltese to help me emotionally, which I always dreamed of getting, but my busy life prevented me. I named him Louie de Coton, called him Louie for short."

Louie became Andersson’s emotional support dog and accompanied her everywhere, "As I was recovering and getting better, I was excited to take Louie along my outdoor adventures. But dressing him became a necessity as he would get cold in our wet PNW weather."

When Andersson couldn’t find fashionable, high-quality apparel for Louie, she hired a seamstress and designed clothes for him from her own wardrobe.

"Louie was not only super stylish, but he was much more comfortable."

Soon other small dog owners were asking Andersson for clothes and in 2013, Louie de Coton was established.

"I designed our logo white against the black background, representing the dark times of my life when I was feeling lonely and in pain, little Louie came to my life like a little angel."

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Louie not only helped Andersson emotionally, but he also brings out the deep passion and talent Andersson has for fashion and design.

"One of our popular items is our cooling sun shirts with UPF50. It is made of recycled plastic bottles and is also calming, protects their skin from the damaging UV rays and helps dogs with skin disease or post-surgery; it is soothing for the surgical stitches."

Andersson says their materials are sourced mostly from the US, free of environmentally-harmful chemicals and are often made from recycled fabrics, such as nylon and polyester.

"To reduce the brand's carbon footprint, we manufacture all of our products here in Seattle," Andersson says.

Louie de Coton started as a small breed dog brand but with huge requests from customers, the brand has expanded to include all-size dogs and some matching products.

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So, what’s next for the brand?

"Our plan is to grow our innovative stylish products in the health and wellness of our dogs. We continuously listen to our customers, their expectations and the problems they have that want us to solve with our natural and sustainable products," says Andersson.

"We have a few new products that we are still in the design phase, including TSA-approved calming pooch bags, perfect to keep anxious dogs relaxed during flights. And more styles of waterproof raincoats for all size dogs."

Shop for your pup at louiedecoton.com, they ship worldwide.

Kate Neidigh is a freelance writer for Seattle Refined. See more of her work here.

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