Let’s celebrate our dear canine companions this Chinese New Year, which starts Friday. After all, it’s the Year of the Dog. Few other Chinese zodiac animals — certainly not the snake, rooster, ox or rat — are cuddlier than the dog. Lucky for us dog-friendly Angelenos, designers and brands have been creating doggy goods that allow us to show our love for our four-legged besties.
“Dogs only want to make you happy, and they remind us how important kindness and unyielding love is,” says New York-based jewelry designer Suzanne Mates, who creates blingy canines for her diamond-dog jewelry line for humans, Ellie Rocks NYC. “The best qualities of dogs are that they are truly your best friend.”
So for the underdogs or top dogs in your life, here are ways to celebrate them and the Year of the Dog.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana’s crowned bulldog print calfskin slip-on sneakers in black with a white rubber logo sole. $845. Available at www.dolcegabbana.com
Salvatore Ferragamo’s ivory square silk Chinese New Year puppy-print scarf celebrates pooch playfulness in bright, happy colors. Also available with a dark navy or red background. $380. Available at www.ferragamo.com
Tory Burch’s liberty red and eggplant Dachshund slim wallet displays a sweet-looking, small wiener pup with a movable ear and tail. $178. Available at www.toryburch.com
Los Angeles jewelry designer Rosanne Karmes’ Sydney Evan 14-karat yellow gold balloon dog dangles on a fine drop chain. $1,015. Available at www.sydneyevan.com
The House of Breguet’s Classique 7145 model wristwatch boasts a guilloché chow chow to commemorate this year’s Chinese New Year. $44,615. To order call: 866-458-7488
Serpui’s dog-shaped black straw clutch has a pom-pom necklace and a removable gold-tone chain strap. $475. Available at www.farfetch.com
Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s Boston terriers, Bosco and Orso, appear on the Italian fashion houses’ Ace white leather sneakers as whimsical embroidered appliques — one on each shoe. $670. Available in Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza and at www.gucci.com
Lisa Welch Designs
Ohio designer Lisa Welch’s bold, oversize sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold bone cuff bracelet. $625. Available at www.lisawelchdesigns.com
PS by Paul Smith
A sweet, white cotton top with three quarter-length bell sleeves from PS by Paul Smith portrays a pair of pooches in love. $150. Available at www.farfetch.com
This Vuittonite doubled bracelet in Louis Vuitton monogram canvas sports a gold metallic medallion of a Chinese New Year pooch. $440. Available at www.louisvuitton.com
Bottega Veneta’s fetching, limited-edition black-and-white canine silhouette charm combines nappa, goatskin and crocodile leather and is finished with burnished metal studs. $590. Available at www.bottegaveneta.com
Ellie Rocks NYC
Designer Suzanne Mates’ 18-karat yellow gold Mean Dog and X ring has a white conflict-free diamond pavé-encrusted pooch face with black onyx eyes. $3,800. Available at www.ellierocksnyc.com
These cute-and-clever limited-edition white leather slip-on sneakers from Tod’s are playfully embossed inside with a pooch paw print; red for women and black for men, with signature double metal T-bars on top. $695. Available at www.tods.com
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana’s playful black cotton crew-neck sweatshirt hoodie has beagles, Labradors, poodles and all kinds of happily crowned dogs on display. $845. Available at www.dolcegabbana.com
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