Redhound for Dogs was established in 2010. Feeling frustrated by the lack of well fitting coats and jumpers available for Bruno, the shivering whippet, Debbie decided it was time to design and make some herself! With many years experience making wedding dresses, and a passion for sewing and knitting, this challenge was taken on with much enthusiasm. As the owner of a small shop in Devon at the time, she had the perfect place to test the market, and discovering that there was one, the shop was sold and the on line business launched.
Now working from an old barn on a beautiful working farm in the heart of the Kent Countryside, having made the move back to Kent to be nearer to family in 2011, Debbie has help from husband David who looks after the books, Brenda who helps with design and product development, Wendy who helps with all the packing and the hounds, Frankie and Bruno who are always around to lend a paw to help when they can assisted by Ella & Enzo when Brenda is in.
A lot has happened in the last five years, Redhound won Editors Choice Award at their very first show – Country Living Christmas Fair in 2010 and were runners up in the CountryHomes and Interiors Rural Business Awards in 2011. Encouraged by the feedback given at retail shows we attended our first trade show in 2012 and have supplied shops such as Hawkshead, Whitestuff and many independent dog boutiques with our dog coats and jumpers.
In 2013 we introduced our most popular product to date, our Knitted Dog Jumper Kits which continue to sell well in a variety of independent gift and wool shops as well as having been stocked in Habitat and Graham & Green. This year sees the addition of our British Wool Kits using a gorgeous yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners.
The craft market is huge and so we introduced our Sew it Yourself Dog Coat Patterns and they have proved to be extremely popular with sewers helped by several live TV appearances on Hochanda TV – the new home of Craft on the Telly.
Autumn 2015 sees the publication of our first book Dogs in Jumpers – 14 hand knitted jumpers and a blanket – look out for it in your local book shop!
The business has grown over the years, but we still treat every customer with the same care and attention that we always have. Service and quality are hugely important to us, and we have many lovely loyal customers. Our specialty is, not surprisingly, hounds! with 3 whippets and a lurcher between us, is it any surprise!