The Whippet Coats was founded by Isy, a Falkirk native with a breadth of experience in the textile manufacturing industry. In the Workshop she is supported by her sister and right-hand woman Janice.
Isy and Janice grew up in Falkirk and both pursed a career in textile manufacturing, upon finishing high school they worked as seamstresses in various textile factories for almost two decades. When the commercial sewing industry in Scotland faced decline, Issy and Janice sought out work elsewhere. Fast forward a few years and Isy and Janice are working in separate industries, Isy as a taxi driver and Janice in a local car dealership but of course, being sisters, they would never drift far and would often spend weekends together with their families and dogs on the Scottish coast.
Isy’s passion for quality dog clothing came about when she designed and stitched a set of pyjamas for her own dog Willow. It didn’t take long for word to get out and soon Isy had a request from her sister-in-law to make a set for her two show dogs. After seeing how much her dogs appreciated the additional warmth in colder weather, Isy’s sister-in-law asked if she could use her sewing skills to design and produce a set of coats to keep her long-haired dogs dry and warm in the Scottish rain.
With the original two coats the gracing the backs of show dogs and their owner running a popular grooming salon, enquiries came flooding in. Isy opened her Etsy shop and demand was strong from the owners of chilly dogs far and wide. When the time came she took a leap of faith and sold her taxi to upgrade her sewing machine and increase production to keep up with demand.
With an ever-growing list of orders, rave reviews from customers most importantly lots of cosy dogs, Isy asked Janice to come aboard at The Whippet Coats and put her sewing skills to work. Albeit in a slightly different capacity than in years previous. Now, when you order a coat from The Whippet Coats and submit your dog’s measurements, material is measured, cut and sewn to your dog’s exact requirements by Isy and Janice right here in Scotland. You can even have your dog’s name, or a custom design stitched into the garment to make it extra unique.
The Whippet Coats dog coats incorporate a Double Diamond stitch on the outer layer to increase their durability and resistance to tears. All our products are also Oeko-Tex Certified and machine washable so no matter how muddy your dog gets while out exploring, cleaning up is a breeze.
Our goal in creating The Whippet Coats is to provide unbeatable handmade quality at affordable prices. Everything we produce is designed to last and we even offer a repair service to maximise the product’s lifespan. Head to our products page to see what we have to offer, just select your preferred colourway, let us know your dog’s measurements and we’ll get to work cutting and sewing your custom coat to keep your dog clean, warm and dry!