Meet Larissa the owner of Cheeky Chops.
How did you come up with the name Cheeky Chops?
I came up with the name pretty easily.
Once I decided I wanted to start developing a business based online I knew my cheeky dog would have to be involved.
He was my inspiration for the business and the name.
My dog Chopper has always been a trouble maker (in a cheeky way), so ever since he was a puppy we nicknamed him Cheeky Chops.
When I started making bow ties he seemed to love the products and instantly became the obvious choice for a brand ambassador and model.
And then I had the idea to name the shop Cheeky Chops so he could really be apart of the journey and a reflection of the products.
Where did the idea to make bow ties and dog accessories originate from?
I buy a lot of items from Instagram shops for my two pups Chopper and Rossi.
These range from treats to accessories!
I even support other shops that make similar accessories, because it is such a creative outlet and I love supporting Australian companies. And I love spoiling my dogs!
One day, I realised that my products were equally great and that there was a big market out there for accessories which is the main reason why I decided to start my business.
Tell us about your dogs.
I have two dogs, a six-year-old English Staffy named Rossi, and a three-year-old Jug (¾ Pug and ¼ Jack Russell) named Chopper.
They are both happy to test and model my products, and look so cute in my bow ties and accessories!
What makes Cheeky Chop products so special?
Every Cheeky Chop product is hand-made to order and completely customisable.
If you want a little bling, two contrasting fabrics, or multi-sided accessories, we can accommodate to your needs.
Plus, all of our patterned fabrics are limited edition because we are constantly updating our range.
I even have special one of a kind fabrics used for festive occassions such as Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day, so you can dress your pet up all year round!
I also organize fundraisers occasionally, so you know your purchase is contributing towards a local business that gives back to the animal community.
When you buy a Cheeky Chop bow tie or bandana, you can be rest assured that it is a unique, one of a kind product, that will look fabulous on your pet!
How do you come up with original concepts for your designs?
I love fabric shopping, and I always look for bright or unusual patterns, to make sure my work is original, fresh and exciting.
I balance this by looking for more trendy fabrics and what is most popular at the time, because these products tend to sell really well.
The same thing goes for ‘themed’ occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas.
I try to stay on trend, whilst also trying to ensure that my designs are innovative, creative and one of a kind.
What does being a pet owner mean to you?
I love being a pet owner and Chopper and Rossi never fail to brighten up my day.
My boys are practically family, and they are always by my side, whether they are outside playing with me or snuggled up watching a movie on the couch next to me.
Being a pet owner means that it is up to me to feed them, make sure they are healthy, happy and active, and of course, making sure that they are always dressed to impress!