This week’s Small Business Spotlight is featuring Bowser’s Bandanas – a trendy online shop for pet accessories. Don’t let the name fool you; they offer much more than your average doggie bandana. Read on to hear what we had to say!
Bowser’s Bandanas all started when Michelle, the founder, got a red Siberian Husky named Bowser. When her second Husky Kody tragically passed away from cancer a few years later, Michelle was devastated and started making bandanas for Bowser and his puppy friends. This humble beginning turned into a profitable small business when all of her friends loved her work and wanted to purchase more.
Process & Production
When making items for Bowsers Bandanas, Michelle focuses on quality and stylish patterns/fabrics with an emphasis on ease and convenience. For example, before making her own products, she found it to be such a hassle to take a collar off and feed slip-on bandanas and bows through the collar. With the snaps that Michelle offers, her bandanas and bows are easy to put on and take off without the hassle.
Bowser’s Bandanas offers bows, bow ties, snap on bandanas (reversible 2in1 or just standard 1 sided), and matching (or not) keychain/key fobs. The bows and bow ties are available in sizes small, medium, and large.
Our pink Aztec bow was a special request made by me; Michelle did not have a bow in that print readily available so she made it especially for Alaska.
This compact bow is very sturdy. I love that it is not flimsy and does not get lopsided or wrinkled under movement. It holds up very well, and stays firmly in place once attached to a collar.
The size that I requested, however, was smaller than I had anticipated. While it still is visible under Alaska’s fluff, I wish it was a tad bigger in width and length to accommodate long-haired pups like Alaska (or I should have ordered a size up if I had known this).
Our reversible bandana from Bowser’s Bandanas featured a gold/black Aztec print on one side and a gold/white Geometric pattern on the other side.
I chose these two fabrics because a girl can never have enough black, gold, and white accessories! The two prints also paired together very nicely.
My first impression when I received the bandana was that it was very lightweight in comparison to traditional bandanas that start off as a large square and you manually fold down into an appropriate size. It also featured a scoop neck that requires no folding over along the hem over the dog’s neck.
The bandana was tailored to exactly the length of Alaska’s neck, so the fit was seamless. I was most impressed by how perfectly the bandana fit Alaska. Not too tight, not too loose, not too short, and not too long. The scoop neck feature along with the double snap-on adjustment not only meant that the bandana would stay securely on, but also that there was no wrinkles possible.
I tested the bandana out on Alaska several times on our outdoor adventures to see how it would hold up to her activity and the weather. I was consistently pleased by how it never once got loose from Alaska’s neck, and it never showed a slightest wrinkle. Unlike other bandanas that scrunch up the more the dog moves, Bowser’s Bandanas exceeded my expectations. It is durable, fashionable, and convenient to wear. I highly recommend Bowser’s Bandanas if you need that unique bandana for a doggy birthday bash, photoshoot, or gift for another lucky dapper pup! Plus, Michelle also accepts custom orders if you have a fabric that you love but is not in stock or if you need a special size for your just-as-special four-legged family member. Oh and don’t forget about those kitty cats who also have a reason to look fabulous!
Michelle was kind enough to extend a coupon code for all of my blog readers! Please take a peek at their website and if you’d like to make a purchase, the code ALASKA30 gets you 30% off any order!