Danes & Divas is a Vancouver-based line of trendy pet accessories that complements the individual styles and personalities of our pet best friends! The small business was started in 2012 by Vancouverite Shalla Black, a veterinarian assistant at the time who started selling her designs at the pet clinic she worked at while taking custom orders on the side. She eventually listed her pieces online for sale, and now, Danes & Divas has grown to be her full time gig. With work and/or education experience in everything from retail visual merchandising to fashion design to veterinarian assistance, Shalla’s path combines all her seemingly un-related experience into being an entrepreneur behind her pet accessories brand.
A pet-lover herself (Shelly has two Pit Bull Terrier rescues, a Pug Mix, and two rescue cats), Shalla continues to fuse her love of fashion design with her knowledge of pet and health wellness – and also contributes back to the community through several charitable causes.
Read on for Modern Mix Vancouver’s Q&A with Shalla Black of Danes & Divas.
Do you have a story behind the name Danes & Divas?
What are some of the charitable causes you support?
Danes & Divas supports many different organizations throughout the year. Richmond and Langley Animal Protection Society are two that myself, my friends and family have all adopted from and they both do amazing work with providing the best care to their shelter animals, something we have seen first-hand. In addition to these shelters, we do contribute to a few other non-pet related charitable organizations that are very close to our hearts such as the Arthritis Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Movember Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
What are your top selling styles, patterns and/or products?
What are some designs unique to Danes & Divas?
How do you pick what designs or patterns to use next in your dog products?
Do you sell any unusual or out of the ordinary products for pets?
To shop Danes & Divas online, visit: danesanddivas.com.