Darling Dear Co: Pet Accessories that Spark Joy

We’re pleased to welcome back the mother-daughter team of Arden & Rosana, who create dog and cat accessories that spark joy through Darling Dear Co! You’ll definitely want to dress your pet up for that special holiday party or photo shoot with one of their adorable bow ties. Catch them at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow Darling Dear Co. on Instagram (@darlingdearco) to see more of their work and read on to find out what inspires them.

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Darling Dear Co:
Darling Dear Co. was an idea my mom and I conceived a few years ago, thinking it would be fun to create cute pet accessories together. I am a die-hard dog lover and have been asking for one since I was 4 but, funny story, we don’t have pets of our own! My mom is allergic and struggles with OCD due to childhood trauma, so we meet in the middle and make accessories for pets so that I can live vicariously through the adorable photos we receive from our customers.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
Wedding attire! We are bringing in ring holders, customized for your dog of honour. Also, we are soon to offer a line of matching men’s and boy’s bow ties so you can make sure the entire wedding party is well dressed! (Whether you have a pet or not!)

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
We aspire to make pet products that are well-crafted and long lasting. Basically, items that you can hopefully bring out for every holiday and event and still have looking pristine year and year! If you can use your bow and collar set for years ahead for family photo shoots, and never have to get a new one, that would make us really satisfied. With that said, we don’t skimp out on details and materials—our bow ties are double layered, and have interfacing so they are stiff, and keep their shape.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
We are amazed by the support that the Edmonton community gives to local and handmade creators. We were recently a part of CTV Edmonton segment by Dez Melenka that profiles local news and we were really overwhelmed by the kind and positive messages that were sent to us through social media after it went live! It was definitely a huge highlight for us in all the time that we’ve been growing Darling Dear Co and we couldn’t have done it without the supportive community around us.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
Locally, we absolutely adore the workmanship of Sylvia Soo! The quality and care she puts into each of her designs never ceases to amaze. I particularly love her box bag, especially the custom one with Oxblood leather that she’s been posting about on Instagram! Also, I absolutely adore the illustrations of Janice Sung who is based in Toronto. She also has the cutest dog!

Visit Darling Dear Co.’s website to view more of their products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison:

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Dress Your Kids In Quality Goods With From Harper

Zoe McRorie, creator of kids clothing brand From Harper, started making her adorable goods in 2014. From Harper is a Canadian brand focused on quality, style, and fit - all sitting comfortably over cloth diapers. You no longer have to choose between the three! Her first Bison was in the winter of 2016 and she'll be back with us for both weekends and we are pretty darned excited to see the cute new work! All of which, of course, has been inspired by Zoe's daughter Harper. You can check out what From Harper is up to on the regular by following them on their instagram (@fromharperand read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:


Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
FH: I love being a maker in Edmonton! The support I get here is incredible, from other makers and my customers. It’s a beautiful camaraderie that has more to do with uplifting each other, than competition.  

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FH: My daughter, pop culture and of course the Kardashians

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair? 
FH: A couple years ago we got a print from The Upper Dekker for my brother in law for Christmas. It was the perfect gift for the guy who has everything and has a love of all things poop

If you're interested in checking out From Harper's full collection, just head on over to to see what they have to offer!