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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Emily Chu Illustration & Design is a staple-hold at Royal Bison and this year she's pulling from her mildly rebellious youth (her words not ours hahaha) with some gangster rap/dr.dre/outkast rap lyrics AND WE ARE SO EFFING EXCITED!! Emily first joined us in the spring of 2014 under the pseudonym HYMN Graphic Novels and joined us again for the holiday 2014 fair under the now familiar Emily Chu Illustration & Design. We are so thrilled to have her again for both weekends of the fair and cripes almighty are we excited to see her new mildly gangster work!! Check out Emily's online presence on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how thoughtfully she responded to our Q&A:


Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
EC: It means a lot of hard work and passion. But it also means that I have the priveledge to share my work with such a supportive and encouraging community.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
EC: It's cliche, but I do get most of my ideas from my travels. I try to stay off the internet as much as possible to come up with concepts that are more personal and authentic. I love going to modern art and design museums – A year ago, I randomly stumbled across a Keith Haring exhibit in Berlin, which was incredible!!! I also love capturing interesting patterns, shapes, colour combinations.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
EC: Ah! So many. How do I pick one? Well, one of my most meaningful purchases from a bison vendor this year is my wedding jewelry set, custom made by Les Arts Plastiques. Alicia and I started vending around the same time and got to know each other well (I can also say this about many other bison vendors). This summer, she created my wedding bands, earrings, and a custom belt. I also have a selection of sick prints, collected over the years from Bison vendors.

And head on over to her site to see her full collection of illustration work. It's really very good!!