Announcing 2017 Spring Collections from Harry Barker
Two new collections—inspired by adventures in Africa and American sports memorabilia—add to the company’s line of charming, eco-friendly pet goods.
Also, Harry Barker continues innovating with pouches and totes made from recycled glass, improved bath towels and robes, as well as no-slip car seat covers.
CHARLESTON, SC --- Harry Barker, the award-winning pet company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, announced its new products for spring, including two original collections. The company’s founder and president Carol Perkins said, “Our new products exemplify who we are at Harry Barker. They’re imaginative and eco-friendly. Stylish and functional. We’ve developed two collections that are inspired and unexpected, and we’ve also refined some of our most-loved items to make them even better.”
Here’s a summary of what’s new for spring:
During an awe-inspiring trip to Africa, Carol was amazed by the thriving regional cultures and masterful artisans who have been practicing and passing down their crafts for hundreds of years. The Safari Peanut Butter Treat Tin is a tribute to the continent’s distinguished beadwork and weaving.
In addition to her own adventures in Africa, Carol was also inspired by legendary explorers Martin and Osa Johnson. As photographers, naturalists and authors, this couple traveled the world from 1917 to 1936 documenting rare wildlife and tribal cultures that have long-since vanished. Using some of the Johnson’s most well-known works for creative reference, Harry Barker developed new prints exclusively for this collection.
Carol explains, “The print on our Zebra Bacon Dog Treat Tin takes influence from Martin and Osa’s I Married Adventure series. And the Giraffe Dog Bed is a specially designed print based on Four Years in Paradise. It’s an honor to pay homage to these two individuals who helped shed light on cultures the world did not even know existed.”
A portion of proceeds from these select products in the Safari Collection will help support the mission of The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Kansas.
Giving back to remarkable nonprofit organizations like the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum is a fundamental part of Harry Barker’s corporate culture. Other organizations that have benefited by an association with Harry Barker include The Hope Center of Charleston, Canines for Veterans, the International African American Museum, and Mote Marine Laboratory.
After discovering an early 20th century Harvard crew jersey, Carol set out to create a collection that captures the timelessness and simplicity of classic American sports. From the block-lettering on uniforms and clubhouse signage to textures found on vintage tickets and wood baseball bats, the Athletic Collection pulls in the feeling of a much-loved bygone era.
Carol explained, “In the first half of the 20th Century, sports were more accessible. Anyone could be on a baseball team. It’s this sense of inclusion that endears us to the memorabilia of that time.”
The collection includes three charming treat tins—Baseball Bacon, Sporty Chicken, and Pennant Peanut Butter—Plush Baseball and Football Toys, a Tennis Sweater, as well as a Pennant Bedroll and Blanket.
Glass-to-Glamour Totes and Pouches
In an effort to continuously develop and deliver sustainable, beautiful products, Harry Barker has created new Glass-to-Glamour Totes and Pouches made from 100% abandoned car windshields. Available as large shoulder totes or small zipper pouches (in three different sizes), the Glass-to-Glamour gear uses a manufacturing process that reduces the amount of landfill, emissions from the incineration of waste PVB, and demand for virgin PVB.
Carol noted, “This fabric was designed exclusively for Harry Barker. More than 15 million vehicles are thrown away in the US each year, and these bags are helping to put the discarded windshields to good use! It’s a contemporary and conscientious way to carry all your pup’s essentials.”
Totes and pouches come in either neutral taupe or spruce blue. They are also REACH certified, meaning they meet registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemical substances.
Spa and Travel
Before Carol ever started Harry Barker, she was making dog bathrobes for her friends from her studio apartment in New York. These luxurious items have been customer (and pet) favorites since day one. Now, Harry Barker lovers can treat their pups to the ultimate paw-spa experience with a Terry Cloth Robe and Towel Set. The plush set features white terry cloth robes and towels with either pink or blue binding.
Back by popular demand, the Channel Quilted Car Seat Cover now features anti-skid material to help dogs stay put while on the road. Available in grey or brown, this new and improved seat cover is made from recycled plastic bottles. Not only is it thick and quilted to keep pups comfortable, but it’s also water resistant and machine washable. “Throw six wet labs in the back, and bring it on!” Carol says.
About Harry Barker
Harry Barker creates, manufactures, and distributes innovative and cheerful products for dogs and cats.
The company’s commitment to sustainable practices and materials has been honored by numerous awards, including NYNOW’s Prestigious Sustainability Design for a Better World Award.
Products include collars, leashes, beds, toys, treats, food storage canisters, bowls, treat tins, and dog spa products. Founded in 1997, the company currently distributes products in 16 countries.
Carol Perkins, a former Ford model and fire-eater, is Harry Barker’s founder and president.