Pet Projects: Footwear Designers on Their Furry Friends

Sam Edelman, Matt Bernson and others reveal how their dogs — and one rabbit —inspire their work.

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Ivy Kirzhner with Bonkers

Photo By courtesy of Ivy Kirzhner

Ivy Kirzhner
Bonkers, 6, rabbit
Love story: "Not only is Bonkers super sassy and has a completely bad-ass attitude, but he's incredibly intelligent and loves to communicate. He loves to show off and will thump and grunt at you if you're not paying attention. It's amazing to see such a little creature carry so much rambunctious personality."  
Daily routine: "Bonkers is the beloved mascot of our showroom. He roams around freely and is here hanging out with us every day. Buyers come and meet him, and he actually helps sell the collection. He's my trade secret."
Creative contribution: "Bonkers is my spirit animal, so I decided to immortalize him by making the Bonkers bunny flats. I wanted to capture Bonkers' sassy attitude, so I threw on a ton of studs and gave him Swarovski crystal eyes. Also, I stopped using real fur in any of our products and designs. It looks better on Bonkers and his friends anyway."
Pet peeve: "Bonkers enjoys getting into mischief. He loves to chew on everything, especially T-shirts. He'd completely cover them up with holes. My husband and I are thinking of a T-shirt line called 'Holes by Bonkers.' We’ll throw him a pile of T-shirts to chew on and 'design.'"

Next page: Sam Edelman’s constant companion >>

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