In Spring 2002, two apparently identical, fluffy, black puppies met on Primrose Hill and began to play. Holly, (the collie cross) and Lil, (the flatcoat retriever) joined forces for many long walks whilst we, their owners, discussed life and other stuff - such as why you could never buy really wonderful dog collars?
We decided to start making their own collars for Holly and Lily - and then for friends who wanted them too. Eventually, Holly&Lil Collar Couture became a fully-fledged business.
The philosophy behind Holly&Lil is to combine the British tradition of quality handmade leatherwork with a keen design edge which, we believe, no other company can match. Exciting new collections are introduced every season and Holly&Lil also offers a unique 'Make Me One' Bespoke service - used by show dog owners and many other people who want their dogs to wear complete one-offs.
The dog collars are fun and funky, but most designs are also extremely practical and hardwearing; tried and tested by Holly and Lil and their friends of many breeds, shapes and sizes; mud-puddlers, squirrel-chasers, sea-swimmers and grass-rollers all!
Sarah, sadly, decided to leave Holly&Lil in 2010 but she became our Landlady so we still get to see her all the time. Sarah guest appears at our annual dog show, as one of our judges, as part of the Bermondsey Street Festival. We lost our lovely Lily in October 2011; our hearts still miss her and always will but she lives on in H&L. Holly is so jealous she thinks she must be off having the best dogwalk in the World EVER.... let's hope she is!
In August 2012 we got a new edition to our pack the glorious Augustus... a lurcher, Greyhound/Fox Hound cross. A rescue from the Many Tears Charity. He is actually less a dog more a bowling ball with legs!
Today our handmade collars are worn by dogs and cats all over the world, from Brighton to Bangkok and from Moscow to Tokyo. Our thanks to everyone who has helped along the way; people friends, dog friends, cat pals and, of course, Holly & Lily themselves !
Come and meet Holly and her pack in "person" in our shop at 103 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB. All our collar collections are here and we have fabulous handmade beds, bowls, treats and other goodies we've no room for in the webshop. We have also created a map that shows you the dog friendly Restaurants and bars and shops in our street.. over 34 of them!
We are open Monday to Sunday - see contact us for details/opening hours