Border Collies & Brogues – Manolo Blahnik

PetLondon was tasked to find a variety of fashionista dogs for an internationally renowned shoe designer…Manolo Blahnik. PetLondon Models have worked with major fashion houses including Chanel, Stella McCartney,  Mulberry & Burberry in the past; so  PetLondon certainly had the talent for this exciting assignment.

Manolo Blahnik is a Spanish fashion designer best known for his signature line of high-end women’s footwear. Blahnik is perhaps best known for designing delicate and lightweight stiletto heels that have become iconic footwear.

Interestingly, the photoshoot was for promotion on Manolo Blahnik’s new globally renowned creations on the company’s Instagram account. The shot were posted as a ‘Boomerangs’ where the film is looped backwards and forwards. Boomerang is a fairly new app from social media giant Instagram that breaks the boundaries on what social media content is supposed to be. You can see what we are talking about below. We think the effects created with the shoes and dog models are fantastically engaging.

Let's dance #Atada #ManoloBlahnik

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For this shoot the client wanted to match dogs to the particular shoes in the new range.  PetLondon Models was given a brief based on a specific breed wish list and then the casting process began,From the fluffy Pelosurafo slippers to the pink Armida stilettos; the Manolo Blahnik team carefully considered a large number of dogs to perfectly compliment the aesthetics they were searching for.

In the end the animal models assigned were:

  • Eric, a fluffy Border Collie
  • Mylo, a graceful Dalmatian
  • Louis, an elegant Afghan Hound
  • Clover, an inquisitive Spaniel
  • Pip, a playful West Highland Terrier
  • Emma, a soulful Weimaraner

In 1970, a young Blahnik had a chance to meet Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of U.S Vogue, while he was travelling in New York. He then presented his portfolio of fashions and set designs to Vreeland who admired his shoe sketches and advised him to concentrate on designing footwear. Blahnik followed her advice and worked on designing shoes.

Blahnik became the second man ever to be featured on the cover of U.K. Vogue. In 1977, he sold his shoes in America, through Bloomingdales, and opened his boutique in the U.S. Since then, he has become a very famous shoe designer, and a symbol of pure classic style for the 21st century.

One step, two step #Pelosusrafo #ManoloBlahnik

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Eric the Border Collie with the Pelosusrafo open toed furry slipper 

Criss Cross #Maysale #ManoloBlahnik

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Pip the West Highland looking interested in the Mayscale kitten heel mules

All eyes on you #Sonsoles #ManoloBlahnik

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Emma chilling out with the blocked heeled 60s inspired Sonsole

It’s a match #Feliza #ManoloBlahnik

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Mylo, matching perfectly with the Feliza pump

Top dog #Diazhigri #ManoloBlahnik

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Louis pondering the style of the Diazhigiri heeled boot 

Follow my lead #Ulderica #ManoloBlahnik

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Clover taking the lead with the bold and bright Ulderica shoe 

All the dogs performed extremely well on set, with no hiccups or set backs at all.  You know what they say…dogs love shoes! A great time was had by all.

We can’t wait for the first Spaniel themed sling-backs, Greyhound galoshes or Maltese inspired mules.

All the pictures have been released on Manolo Blahnik HQ’s Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

Puppia Harness Sizing Guide

PetLondon, over the last fifteen years has been Puppia’s European distributor and has provided a first class fitting service of Puppia harnesses for hundreds of dogs ranging from the teeny Chihuahuas to giant Alsatians. With over 3000 Puppia harnesses in stock our extensive range of harnesses will be able to fit 99.9% of dogs.

We wanted to great the ultimate Puppia harness sizing guide for  our customers, including the key measurements needed and harness shape considerations. Depending on the shape and lifestyle of each individual dog, some harnesses would be better suited than others.

Whether you are looking for the right size harness for your Pug, Pomeranian, Yorkie, Frenchie or Spaniel; PetLondon has the right puppia harness for your dog. Be sure to visit our harness section of our website (click here): we have our internationally renowned mesh harnesses, as well as our new cosmic inspired Gia harness; and with the full Puppia range and international shipping available, it’s the only one stop shop for a comfortable and high quality dog harness.

The two key measurements needed for a successful Puppia harness fitting are the neck circumference and chest girth. As shown in the diagram below: the neck measurement should be measured around the widest point of the neck. The chest measurement is to be taken behind the front legs. Take into consideration seasonal variations in coat length.

measurements guide

Once these measurements have been taken, the next step is to consider which shape of Puppia harness would be best suited for your dog. PetLondon supplies three different shapes of harness: the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. Each are best suited to the requirements of differing life stages and breeds.

Due to slight differences in materials used for each harness, each harness has a slight variation (by a few cm) in size. Please consult individual product size charts, which will be in the description or images on each product page.

As a general guide please compare your dogs measurements to the chart below:

Its really important to note your dog will not be the same size across the 3 shapes; e.g A dog that is a S in the A-Harness will likely be a size M in the B-Harness

A-Harness

Size Neck (cm) Chest (cm)
XS 22 25-36
S 26 32-44
M 32 40-56
L 40 50-70
XL  43 57-80
XXL 53 70-93

B-Harness

Size  Neck (cm) Chest (cm)
XS 19 25
S 24 31
M 28 38
32 42.5
XL  36 50
XXL 42 60

C-Harness

Size  Neck (cm) Chest (cm)
S 28-32  31-35
M 32-37 37-42
36-41 42-47
XL 40-46 46-52

Which shape should you choose?

A-shape Puppia Harness

The A-shape harness is Puppia’s original shape. To put on, the top of the harness is placed over the dog’s head, just like putting on a jumper. Then, place the left leg into the harness. The last and final step is to secure the harness around the back with a simple clip. The harness fits on the chest, as not to choke the dog and the dogs weight is evenly distributed across the body, so as not to overdevelop certain muscle groups. The neck size is fixed for this shape of harness, so make sure it will be able to pass over the dog’s head, but the waist clip is adjustable, to ensure the perfect fit.

The A shape is the most adjustable of the three shape so is ideal for growing puppies. Click here to see A-shape Mischief harness on our site as pictured below.

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‘A’ Shape Harness Front

 

B-shape Puppia Harness

The B shape harness, also known as a “step-in harness” or “vest harness”, is perfect for nervous dogs who don’t like the A shape harness passing over their heads or excitable puppies who wriggle a lot and need more control whilst getting used to harness. These harnesses are not suitable for broader chested dogs, but good for dogs with longer, narrower frames e.g Dachshunds or Chihuahuas. The shape ensures maximum coverage, with the double security of both a wide velcro band as well as a clip.  It is important to note that a dog with be one size larger in the B-shape harness than the regular A shape.

Click here to see B-shape Mischief jacket harness as pictured below.

The C-shape harness

The C-shape, or parachute harness is the newest harness shape, and combines the benefits of an A-shape and B-shape harness. Simply, place two paws into the leg holes and clip around the back. The shape is similar to an A-shape harness fitting snug to the chest also having some adjustability with the front and back straps. Perfect for super wriggly dogs and dogs with a deeper and wider chest that wouldn’t suit the B-shape. Its important to note, the C harness runs small and is almost an in-between size filler for dogs who might not slot into one of the A shape size categories.

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C-Shape Harness

Be sure to visit our website www.petlondon.net for all our products, ranging from puppy training kits, beds, toys, harnesses, clothing and accessories.

Need more help?

PetLondon always love to give and offer professional advice, regarding all aspects of animal health, training and development. We have helped thousands of customers choose the right harness for their dog or cat, no matter what their breed or lifestyle. Our office hours are 10am-6.30pm: Monday-Friday. Telephone – 02075807580.

You are also welcome to being your dog in for a personalised harness fitting service.