Newcastle-based handmade pet accessory brand
Are you a proud owner of a fur friend? Well, you better listen on in because we may have just come across one unique local brand that is bringing you a whole lot of personalisation and character-filled products perfect for your four-legged friend!
Meet Pillie Pooches, a Newcastle-based handmade pet accessory brand that creates unique, fun-filled, and creative accessories for your pet! With a huge range of patterns and designs, you’ll no doubt find something that suits your pooch just perfectly! From bandanas, bows, and collars, to harnesses, leads, and pooch bags; you name it, the Pillie Pooches team have thought of it.
Brought to us by adopted local Kate Townsend, Pillie Pooches (previously named Pillie Designs) was launched in late 2019 following a life-long love for dogs and want to support women in business.
“We bought a very sweet, sassy, and wiggly liver spot Dalmatian three years ago. Since then, she has absolutely changed our lives and we now have a pack of three, soon-to-be-four dogs! We absolutely love dogs and that, combined with the ability to support women in business has been what’s made our business such a wonderful journey,” Kate shared.
Only being in business for a few short years, and over the period of the ever-evolving pandemic, Pillie Pooches has gone from strength to strength. Originally working outside of her home office, the brand slowly took on more and more work and are now located in a Wallsend studio with four staff!
“It really is a pinch-me moment, because we’ve been able to achieve so much in such little time.”
The leading handmade pet accessory company in Australia has its own unique offering with each and every single piece completely handmade from scratch.
“We solely offer handmade products… it’s unusual to see handmade businesses make it to this level but we have been able to through really pushing the boundaries to help people see the flow-on effect of supporting local.”
The local brand aims to keep things as local as possible buying their fabrics from a small fabric business as well as getting their own designs printed in a factory in Melbourne. They’ve also recently joined forces with a Melbourne-based designer to bring a future collection of Australian designed and printed fabrics to their product offering which we can’t wait to see drop!
So, what are the most popular Pillie Pooches products?
“Our bows! When we began, girls wore bandanas and boys wore bows. Now you see so many beautiful pooches wearing a collection of floral and linen bows no matter their gender!”
With a big presence online and all of their stock available for purchase through their website here, locals to Newcastle can also shop a small selection of the Pillie Pooches brand from Adamstown-based dog-grooming bar, Clear Paws.
The girls behind Pillie Pooches are always looking to expand the business as well as constantly evolving their product offering and have just dropped a little sneak peek to their upcoming Christmas range, and by golly, if you love Christmas and you’ve got a pet you’ll be wanting to get your order in – just look how cute they are!
Have we got you interested? The girls over at Pillie Pooches are offering HUNTERhunter readers $10 off their first orders by when they use the code HUNTERhunter at checkout (offer valid until end of November 2021). So, support this local business and get onto Pillie Pooches and browse their incredibly unique and beautiful range of pet accessories!