Purses Made from Groomed Dog Hair?

“I think a few of them that really love their dogs would absolutely like something like that,” said Jamie. “We have plenty of hair. She can have all the dog hair she wants from us.”

9.10.14 - Purses Made from Groomed Dog Hair

In Tampa, Florida an entrepreneur is making high fashion, high end purses and handbags from groomed dog hair.  She is hoping to raise enough money to turn this idea, into a full time business.

“It’s one of a kind,” said Doris Carvalho of Tampa.  Using the popular social funding webpage Kickstarter, she’s created a page with the goal of raising $15,000 to get the dog hair purse collection on the market.  It would give her enough funding to finish her first line of 30 purses, and help her market them.

“I turned this groomed dog (hair) that would be garbage anywhere else in the world into these handbags,” said Doris.  “These handbags prove that high-end can be made from eco-friendly from your pet to you.”

Doris said the fur used is first sterilized before being turned into a yarn like material.  The time it takes to put one of these together is about 50 hours.  She’s hoping that the purses and handbags will sell for around $1,000 to start, and hopes the price could be lowered as things take shape and the business progresses.

“I hope in the future I can make it cheaper and sell much cheaper for everyone,” said Doris.

Doris gets the groomed dog fur from many places, including Jamie Calderbank.  Jamie is the owner of One Lucky Dog in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She knows that the dog hair purses aren’t for everyone.

“I think a few of them that really love their dogs would absolutely like something like that,” said Jamie.  “We have plenty of hair.  She can have all the dog hair she wants from us.”

Doris is originally from Brazil where she worked as a veterinarian and took fashion classes.  She says she created the line to combine her two passions.

“I make one with cocker spaniel and poodle.  I want to be able to build the purses and make them over here in Tampa.”

So far, Doris has raised $350 in the past week.  The deadline for funding to 100% is only 50 days away.

“I hope people who like the project can help,” said Doris.  “Any contribution is welcome.”

So, it begs the question, would you carry a $1,000 handbag made from recycled dog hair?

31 thoughts on “Purses Made from Groomed Dog Hair?

  1. Lori Lea Long I saw this yesterday….ummmm there’s lots of dog hair in the world for sure. They shed and grooming, well there’s more and more. I’ll be happy to send her all the dog hair that I vacuum outta my cat

  2. I had a bunch of my dog’s fur spun into yarn because it was so soft, but when I knitted it into a scarf, it was too itchy to stand! Maybe purses are a better idea…lol

  3. After this crap what’s to prevent people in dog hating countries like Puerto Rico to just kill and dogs for their skins. The maker of these purses fails to realize that when you create a market for a new product that cheap knock offs will not be far behind. I’m sure that the faster cheaper way to do this is to skin the dog. Look at the big picture people…

  4. I don’t know why anyone would send her $15,000 (so that she can make more money) when so many dogs need financial help for surgeries after abuse, or rescue organizations that need funding for vet fees. That money could help a lot of dogs.

  5. I spin yarn from dogs’ wool, and I felt it – with sheepswool for strength. When properly prepared it does not smell, and is really soft, I use a drop-spindle for max control, and it takes forever, so I only do this with wool from dogs I know, as presents for the owners. We all get covered in dogs’ hair during the day anyway, so if you can’t beat it, join it..

  6. I love how anyone can overprice anything and call it high end. It’s a homey craft. It is not original and I doubt too many people want it. I know I don’t.

  7. Hey look I go out in my yard and take the dog crap I scoop up and drop it into a bucket where the sun bakes it into a “high end” recycled stepping stone manufactured using solar energy. I’m totally high end and green. Send me money to market this. I know tons of rich people are really stupid and totally would want to put these in their yards. Maybe even use it as a green flooring option. The sun sterilizes it and leaves only a slight smell. No really. Send me money for this fantastic high end idea.

  8. Why not…hair is strong.. Early settlers use to make jewelry out of human hair… Would have to see what the purses look like..

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