Arts & Culture

A Dog Lover’s Gear Guide

Functional items for four-legged Southerners

photo: Courtesy of Kiki Slaughter

All good dogs deserve good gear. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite stylish and practical items with a Southern spin, from dog beds that double as decor to indestructible leashes.

Dog Beds

Virginia artist Kiki Slaughter launched a new line of Coco Hill dog beds this spring made from upcycled drop cloths from her painting studio. No two are alike and each 36” x 36” design features a brightly colored zipper ($350;

Courtesy of Kiki Slaughter


Artisan Keith Hudson learned how to tie nautical knots working on oil rigs in Alaska, but he’s translated the art into some of the coolest—and most durable—dacron dog leashes we’ve seen in his Charleston, South Carolina studio. From neutrals to camo to bright colors, variations are endless, and the second handle is a genius addition for when you need to keep your pup close (from $50;


Food & Water Bowls

South Carolina native and Los Angeles-based interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s collection of pet gear offers a high-design take. We’re fans of her marble dog bowls, which even a St. Bernard would struggle to topple (from $395;

Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler


Atlanta designer Emily Brown works with a tannery in Spain to create colorful leather dog collars with sturdy brass hardware for her new line, Winston and Henry (named for her pups). Best of all, Brown donates 10 percent of profits to the Humane Society International (from $120;


Courtesy of Winston & Henry


These plush toys combine two Southern aesthetics: denim and quilting. Small, medium, and large sizes are pieced and sewn from recycled fabric and contain new squeakers (from $6;

Courtesy of Dog & Co


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