“It’s about wanting to live a certain way. Being an every day doggy that wants to look good. Dots and Wiggles want to help other dogs mark their fashion territory.”
Collette Taylor, creator of Dots and Wiggle Pet Apparel, started sewing when she was 9-years-old. Her father, who owned a tailor shop in Jamaica, was a master tailor and her mother a seamstress.
“I was always asking if I could do something,” Taylor recalls. “So one night, I decided I’d finish a pair of jeans that my mother started. My mother told me that she heard the sewing machine going, so she came into the sewing room. I had already put the elastic in the waist band, and apparently, I had done a pretty good job.”
By age 12, Taylor was making clothes. At age 13 she began designing her mother’s wardrobe.
Taylor attended the High School of Fashion Industry in New York City and studied Fashion Design. By then, she was designing children’s evening wear.
In college at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Taylor double-majored in Leather Accessories and Design in which she designed handbags, belts and shoes and Strip Knit, used to design knit wear.
Taylor moved to Atlanta in 1990 when she was 25-years-old, and worked in hotel management, while also designing evening wear and working in interior design on the side. Soon after, she started her own design firm, CMT Interiors, which was featured in a host of local publications, including the Atlanta Metro for Women in 2003 and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Taylor was also a design consultant for Ethan Allen and in her first year won an award for Highest Sales by a Rookie.
In 2008, Taylor added two Chihuahuas to her family and named one Dots and the other, Wiggles. Taylor was laid-off from Ethan Allen in 2009 and found herself at a crossroads, not sure what to do.
“People would always say to me, ‘Why don’t you start making dog clothing?’ So I made a leopard piece for Dots. Then one thing led to another. The dogs inspired me so much because they look like they should prance on a runway.”
The dogs even have their own personalities, to which Taylor attributes to the reason she started her business.
“Without their personalities, this business would not exist,” Taylor says.
“Dots is very cautious. She’s a good watch dog, but can be timid sometimes. Wiggles is a complete diva, and thinks the best place to be is in your lap. She loves comfort and taking little naps, loves sleeping on her back. She’s always wagging her tail.”
Dots and Wiggles™ was founded officially in November 2010. All designs are custom made and can be ordered online. Pet owners looking to adorn their dogs in the latest canine fashion can also find Dots and Wiggles clothing at Dogma Care stores in Smyrna, Ga., owned by Robin Crawford.
“We were thrilled when Dogma Care approached us about putting Dots and Wiggles™ clothing in their store,” says Taylor. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity.”
Customers can expect new items from the Dots and Wiggles™ clothing brand, including jewelry and a new line of T-shirts, Glamma-Ruff Ts, which will be sold at Dogma Care. A line of clothing for big dogs is also in the works.
In Spring 2012, Dots and Wiggles™ clothing line will be manufactured so that retail stores can began carrying the label; however, Taylor says the company will continue to design custom, limited edition evening wear pieces.
As for new ventures for the dogs themselves, Dots and Wiggles are starting a movement called No More Naked Dogs; an online magazine, The Glamma-Ruff Life; promotional videos, Dots and Wiggles™ children’s books, and a doggy fashion show, all while continuing their careers as “super models”.
When asked about putting her dogs in movies, Taylor replied, “I believe the fame would go to Wiggles’ head. Her personality has changed since starting the company. It’s almost as if she knows she’s a model.”
As for Collette Taylor, she is very happy that she chose this path and pursued her passion for fashion.
“These two dogs make this so much fun. I get to show my love for my pets by designing things for them. I love being creative. If I couldn’t be creative I don’t know what I would do. This is fun for me. I like enjoying my work.”
For more information aboout Dots and Wiggles, visit www.dotsandwiggles.com.