E+E: Tell us about how Grey Paw began. When was the first spark?Grey Paw: Grey Paw began as a side project in late 2011 when I was finishing up design school. I was feeling restless at my internship and was looking for a creative outlet. As an apparel design student I had a lot of extra fabric and decided to make bow ties out of scrap for my Dachshund. Link would wear his bow ties around town and people started asking where to buy them. In mid 2012 I took a good look at the market and noticed room for improvement and decided to expand my offerings.
Great design comes in all shapes, sizes and for just about everyone and everything in Portland. When we first came across the Portland based pet accessory company, Grey Paw, we were instantly impressed with the simplicity and love that goes into each piece. Made for dog + design lovers, Grey Paw dyes, cuts and sows each piece. Check out their Etsy page and place an order for the cutest doggie beds of all time.
E+E: We want to buy every doggie bow tie and mat. Where does the inspiration for the designs come from?GP:I like to keep things simple and draw a lot of inspiration from the west. Naturally Pendleton fabrics fit into that whole vibe. When it comes to my silhouettes, clean lines and minimal frills are the law of the land. I draw most of my inspiration from my travels, museums, pottery, and even the aquarium. I'm constantly recording colors and images through photos and sketches.
E+E: It's national adopt a shelter dog month! How are you celebrating?GP: I have been spreading the word all month and participated in a local event at Anthropologie for Sit. Stay. Love. There were several organizations with dogs for adoption at the store. October is also a special month for me because it marks the 5-year anniversary of the adoption of my Dachshund, Link. Link is the inspiration for my company and the reason why I donate a portion of my sales to shelters and animal welfare organizations.E+E: What is coming down the line for Grey Paw? Anything we should be looking out for?GP: There are several new items in the works that will be launching in the next month or so. We are excited to be a part of the Portland Bazaar this year, and plan on unveiling some new products there. Also keep an eye out for a few exclusive Camp Mats hitting Free People stores all along the west coast mid November.
E+E: Where is your favorite place in Portland to take your animal friends?GP: Our new dog Billie loves going to Mt. Tabor to play. The base of Tabor has some great grassy stretches where Billie can chase her ball and Link can sniff out picnic scraps. We also like the Lower Macleay trail in Forest Park if we're looking for a short hike.Photo courtesy: Erin Schmitt
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