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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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Donald Pliner
Pets:
BabyDoll, 12, and MoonLite, 1, dogs
Love story: "BabyDoll is from a breeder in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. [I got] MoonLite through a veterinarian friend from Indianapolis and a tremendous customer in our Las Vegas store. She was trained for six months and she spent one day a week with sick children in a hospital. Then the trainer came to our house in Los Angeles for five days to train BabyDoll, [daughter] Starr, [wife] Lisa and me."
Show-off: "BabyDoll used to come to [our showroom in] New York and we would always ask customers before and after the presentation not to clap because loud noises bother her. Someone always forgot and BabyDoll would start barking and running around the platform."
Creative contribution: "BabyDoll had her own collection, Friends of BabyDoll Pliner. Whatever I did in my leatherwear collection, I also made for dogs, including leashes, collars and carriers in the same materials as the shoes."

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