I've been posting my "You're Gonna Love" series for a little while now, and have loved working with Etsy shops, and small business owners to spread the word about products that I genuinely love. Occasionally, I'm approached by shops or small businesses offering me free swag in exchange for a blog post; however, I'm not blogging for free stuff, so unless I really truly madly deeply love the company/product, I will opt out of receiving the freebies / selling my soul to corporate marketing tactics (yes - I was a marketing major). This is because I want Boxwood Avenue's blog to be a genuine space, and when I do share products, I want you to know that I'm being honest, truthful, and still have my soul intact.
With that said, when I reached out to Harry Barker I really wasn't expecting a response, let alone the response I got. I figured a large company wouldn't have time to play with any small fish like me, but I decided to go for it, because I really love Harry Barker, and I really wanted to share their products with all of you!
You see, I've had a little bit of an obsession with Harry Barker ever since Cody received one of their toile bones in his BarkBox. He chewed it up within 5 minutes (pretty much the norm for us), but before it was in pieces, I took down the name of the company: Harry Barker. The fresh design and beautiful packaging had me crushing on a dog toy company. Showing that I do in fact have a major thing for great packaging & design. This was last September, and I remember thinking, "someday when I have a retail shop, I will have to carry this line."
The company was founded in 1997 by the bombshell model Carol Perkins. While recovering from Cushing's Disease, she did what any dog loving and textile obsessive girl would do - she sewed dog beds. And, just like that, Harry Barker was founded in her NYC loft, and although I make it sound like the company was founded by happy chance, it was not. If you have time to read Carol's full story, you will be completely moved, and beyond inspired by her determination and passion.
Now sold in over 1600 retail locations worldwide, Harry Barker sells much more than just dog beds. The eco-friendly company uses all natural ingredients and recycled materials for every product they sell. Ranging from treats, leashes, beds, and toys, you're sure to love the simple and very chic aesthetic.
Having the opportunity to share a company founded on hard work and good ol' fashion girl power simply makes my day! I am inspired by Carol's story, and hope you are too.
My top picks from Harry Barker
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