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21 August 2007 :: 15:08:16 pm 22359

New York Pet Fashion 2007 Features Dogs Show On Catwalk

New York, Aug. 21, The second annual Pet Fashion Week offered everything a pampered pooch could ever want, from jewel-encrusted leashes to doggy perfume.
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On Braverman’s website, wealthy buyers can find diamond-studded collars at around $US3,000 ($A3,723.24). She had already sold more than one, she said, as a Poodle in green suede performed a waltz on the catwalk.

Among the canine clients in attendance on Sunday was Chai, a short-haired white American Bulldog with blue eyes, dressed in a pink and bronze satin cape made especially for the weekend event.

“We closed our pet shop in Baltimore for three days to come here. The dress was made for her, for the event,” explained Thomas Berger, Chai’s owner. The show lasted a good hour, featuring dogs modelling designs from 20 or so pet fashion houses to a pounding disco soundtrack.

Although it was mostly dogs on show, a black cat in a golden collar did make an appearance on the runway towards the end, carried by a young girl.

 On the fifth floor of the Manhattan exhibition center, the energy was at fever pitch. A Chihuahua dressed as a Balinese dancer with a golden tiara and accompanied by a woman in the same outfit drew particularly rapturous applause. The first and fourth floors were devoted to exhibitors, where everything imaginable was on offer: bags, vitamins, leashes and special pet furniture.

“It’s fantastic, much more than we expected,” said Rie Nishimura, a Japanese buyer from Pet-a-Porter Life, Inc., who flew in from Tokyo.

After watching the show, she put in her orders to be delivered to Japan .

“We bought hundreds of things for dogs and accessories. It’s a huge industry, and Americans are the leaders,” she said.

“We try to specialise in very unique and upscale items, spa products, a brand new line of shampoos and conditioners,” she said.

“She is wearing ‘pink sugar souffle’. Do you like it?” she asked.

“I had to buy a love seat so they can be with me while I work. Their names are Lola, Havana, Winston and Beckham. Yes, like the football player,” she said.

According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association, 63 percent of American households have a pet – amounting to some 88 millions cats, 74 millions dogs and 142 million goldfish.

The pet industry is worth some $US40 billion ($A49.64 billion) a year, including $US16 billion ($A19.86 billion) in pet food, $US20 billion ($A24.82 billion) in veterinarian bills and medicine, and almost $US4 billion ($A4.96 billion) in toys, clothes and dog-sitters.

   

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