Maker of the Month – March 2019

We are excited to introduce you to our second Maker of the Month, Claire from Charlie & Boo. Claire has been stocking her handmade pet accessories in Handmade Design since it first opened, back in 2015.  

Claire first launched Charlie & Boo around four years, Charlie is her chocolate Labrador and Boo a basset hound. Unfortunately, in February 2018, she lost her beloved Boo but every time she sews a logo label on she thinks of him! Charlie is now the big brother to her 18 month old Spanish Water Dog called Indie.

Claire lives in a small village in Leicestershire with her husband and three children (one of which is studying Criminology at Hull University) and of course Charlie and Indie.

When leaving school, Claire became a Fitness Instructor. This was her career for 25 years and is something that she is super proud of! In her last few years as an Instructor, she suffered numerous injuries, one of which was a stress fracture which left her in a cast for 6 weeks!

Out of boredom… Claire purchased a sewing machine and so it began!

Claire works with beautiful designer fabrics which she uses to make dog collars, leads, bandanas and bow ties. Claire is very passionate about her business and has been able to make it her full time job.

Working out of a beautiful garden studio surrounded by stunning fabrics and accessories makes it a joy for her to go to work!

Claire has so many ideas to keep moving her business forward – to make both dog and Owner feel amazing as they step out in style.