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Friday Find: The Urban Animal Scientist

“We avoid distraction and decorations. We are focused in what we want to produce.” So says the manifesto of the extremely hip dog accessories company The Urban Animal Scientist. Founder/designer Antonio Lewis set up the Georgia-based company eight years ago. “All the products at the time were either… way too cheap looking or way too girly and cheesy for my tastes.” So, The Urban Animal Scientist answered a direct need: minimalist dog accessories with men in mind.
Cue some stylish photography: gritty stairwells, young men in their urban streetwear with either a well-worn workboot or a cool trainer in the frame and, of course, one faithful companion.
Eschewing the idea of dog-as-accessory, Lewis is keen that his brand focuses on the bond between man and dog, while encouraging the notion of ‘slow fashion’, the alluring idea of producing items that offer quality and longevity with slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints and less waste.
Taking the humble collar as a symbol of a dog’s relationship with its owner, TUAS went to town, offering a Pantone-esque rainbow of minimalist webbing collars with utilitarian metal buckles. Clearly this aesthetic is not only appreciated by men: I feel like a kid in a sweet shop when I click on the Collars page. I am currently vacillating between the dark red (Corpus Christi), mid grey (Worcester) and dark green (Virginia Beach) collar for Teddy – although the deep purple (Fort Worth) is also crying out. And I haven’t even begun to engage with the striped silk options…

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