Category Close-Up

Close-Up On Special Interests

In this era of personalization, products that cater to consumers’ special interests have a place in the industry that may be even more profitable than in the past. Here is a look at a few resources with specialized appeal.

Location Mementos
Catstudio offers original designs on embroidered pillows, cheerful dish towels, zip pouches and other non-textile products. Shown from the Collegiate Collection is the Notre Dame kitchen towel (below), ideal for entertaining during football season.

The Maui towel also shown (below) is from the Geography Collection and offers a fun feeling of the Hawaiian island for those who’ve made it or crave it as a travel destination. Catstudio, 707-778-1100,

Pampering Man’s Best Friend

DownTown Company’s new doggie bed is a conversation piece that allows pet owners to treat their pooches like royalty. The beds are made with the same quality construction and detailing as the company’s upholstered people beds. DownTown Company, 800-776-3696,

From the carol&frank line, the fringed collar scarf slides easily onto the dog’s collar assuring that it stays on during all the pup’s adventures. Each scarf set (shown below) includes a Canyon (shown on dog), Indigo and Liam style. Pet owners will be doing something good for other animals as well when they purchase the set. A portion of the proceeds from the scarf sales is donated to carol&frank’s hometown animal shelter, the Peninsula SPCA. carol&frank, 888-889-9868,