In mid-2018 we closed the online store temporarily because Dave was overworked and needed a break. It might sound like a nice complaint, to have too many orders, but not when you’re just one person and outsourcing isn’t an option because no one else can do what you do, to the level that you do it. During his down time he still made some orders for friends and previous clients and found that leather-working is a lot more enjoyable when he’s not having to work late nights and every weekend.
In late 2020 I decided to learn how to weave paracord dog collars (and more) and, again, I’m turning my hobby into a business.
After Trixie passed we fostered and subsequently adopted another boofhead, whose name is Peanut Butter (Butters for short). Because he was still beefing out he never got his own bespoke leather collar – he’s been wearing Trixie’s hand me down – but here he is in a Pure Joy paracord collar that I made him, showing off one of his many party tricks.
Since 2009 Dave and I have built a brand that’s both respected and highly coveted. Some of the best dog trainers in the country exclusively recommend us to their clients and our customers are so loyal that many have gone on to buy several pieces – even though the first collar they bought is still in perfect nick! Since we now offer more than just leather we’ve rebranded. Ruffined Designs is not like other online stores though so please check out the how to order section before making your way into the shop. We look forward to welcoming you to the Ruffined Designs family, you’ll be in excellent company here!
x Ruth (+ Dave + Bruno + Butters)