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IAPFP Celebrates Matilda The Algonquin Hotel Cat’s Birthday With Fabulous Feline Fashions

New York City’s Algonquin Hotel has once again pulled off a spectacular birthday celebration for its resident cat, Matilda. This year’s festivities, which took place on Wednesday, August 5, included an on-site cat-adoption event, a raffle benefiting the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a special ceremony honoring four members of the New York City Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and, of course, a feline-fashion show. Paying homage to the brave men and women who rescue animals in distress, the show’s theme was “First Responders.” Taking it all in was the International Association for Pet Fashion Professionals. Long before the first photographers arrived to take shots of the cats in their police, FEMA and Red Cross outfits, a Wheels of Hope mobile adoption vehicle from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals rolled up in front of the Algonquin’s stately main entrance. From there, volunteers for Linda’s Cat Assistance, which traps, neuters and returns stray and feral cats to the streets of the city, and operates a network of foster...

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FIT Pet Fashion Success: Abby Kass, Founder and Designer, Les Pets en Voyage

  Many people like to pick up travel souvenirs for friends and family when they take a trip. For those who consider their pets a part of that circle, there is Les Pets en Voyage, which specializes in travel souvenirs and gifts for pets and their parents. Founded by Abby Kass in 2011, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate program, the company has made a big splash. Not only have its products been featured at FIT’s Fashion After Bark pet-fashion show, the 2011 Pre-Westminster Fashion Show and Gala and the Fox and Friends Beggin’ Parade, it has also garnered coverage from Fido Friendly and Gift Shop magazines and News 12 Connecticut’s Pet Talk, among other outlets. It all started back in 1983, when, on a trip to London, Kass had trouble finding a pet-friendly memento of the U.K. capital for her beloved Schnauzer, Windy. Even a trip to the pet section of the famed department store Harrods left her disappointed....

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FIT Pet Fashion Success Story: Randi Warhol, Polydactyl

  Cats have long had to make do with less-than-creative toys than dogs. While pups get to toss around objects that look like just about any type food or object they crave, most cat playthings fall into two categories: mice and fish. Randi Warhol, owner of the cat-toy company Polydactyl, and a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)’s Pet Product Design and Marketing Certificate program, is changing this landscape. Through Polydactyl, she creates organic-catnip-infused cat-toy replicas of Chinese-food sauce containers, sugar packets, popcorn (inside an old-timey movie-palace bag), Valentine’s Day chocolate in heart-shaped boxes and other beloved human treats. Her designs are highly realistic, with cool pop-art feel.     Warhol, who has two cats, Bowie and Elliot Smith, launched Polydactyl in 2009 because she was tired of the lackluster, uninspiring cat toys she saw on the market. “I wanted to make toys out of objects that people see every day, but for cats,” she says. “I wanted to make something you can’t really reproduce, and can’t...

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Doggie Oscars Outfits Steal the Show at PupScouts’ Inaugural Pre-Oscars Pawty

  On Sunday, February 22, intrepid pet-fashion lovers battled New York City snow and crowds to attend the PupScouts Inaugural Red Carpet Pre-Oscars Pawty and Fashion Show, a charity gala paying canine homage to Hollywood’s most glamorous night. A legion of formalwear-clad pooches and their parents arrived to witness dog-world stars take the stage in a fashion show, featuring outfits designed by the incomparable Ada Nieves, recreating looks worn by celebrities at past Oscars. The event, hosted by PupScouts, a scouting organization for dogs, took place at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown hotel, and benefitted the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Yorkie911 Rescue and the No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) initiative of the Best Friends Animal Society. Guests for the Oscars Pawty gathered in the 17th-floor room where the event took place, taking in sweeping views of Manhattan’s skyline while nibbling on sweet and savory treats and imbibing Prosecco. Dogs could take their pick of delectable peanut butter-flavored biscuits and other artisanal treats, an opportunity most could not resist. After the...

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FIT Pet Fashion Success Story: Karine Ng, Central Park Pups

  Having just completed her Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate, Karine Ng is already one of its most successful alums. While still taking classes, she launched Central Park Pups, which offers dog clothing that reflects New York City’s chic, sleek style while emphasizing safety and comfort. Ng’s flagship product is the Hidden Harness, a dog coat with a built-in step-in harness that makes it simpler to dress pups (and willing cats) for a walk. Ng got the inspiration for the Hidden Harness one winter in New York City, where she lives, while walking her beloved Shih Tzu, Chewie. She noticed how bulky and uncomfortable-looking it was for dogs with harnesses to wear clothing. “The owners had bought these really nice coats and sweaters for their dogs, but had to cover them up with the harnesses,” she recalls. “It didn’t look the way it was meant to look.” She also thought about how long it took to outfit Chewie for a walk, and wanted...

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