November 28, 2016 • PEOPLE

Meet our Makers: Harry Barker

No matter whether he’s been naughty or nice; your dog always makes it onto your holiday gift list. We’ve got presents-a-plenty for pooches—from collars to chew toys, sweaters, and leashes. And they’ve all been made in partnership with the canine connoisseurs at Harry Barker.

Based in Charleston, SC, Harry Barker creates and manufactures dog and cat products using sustainable practices and materials. Carol Perkins, the company’s founder and president (not to mention a former Ford model) talks to us:

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Carol Perkins, founder and president of Harry Barker, and her dog, Mercy.

How did you connect with Draper James?
We met at a trade show.  It was love at first sight.  I love the way Draper James honors craftsmanship, family heritage, and our great country. The entire collaboration process has been seamless and fun!

Tell us about the Harry Barker products for Draper James? We’ve got cheerful gingham dog toys, collars, and leashes. Plus cozy, comfy dog sweaters. All specially selected for Draper James.

Aside from its location in Charleston, what makes your company particularly Southern?
The sunny, welcoming spirit of the South inspires all of our products.

What is it about Southerners and their dogs?
They’re inseparable. Whether they’re hunting, hanging ’round the porch, or trying to catch the crumbs from a fresh peach pie, dogs are as important to Southerners as live oaks, salt marshes, and sweet tea.

Paint us a (verbal!) picture of a dog “opening up” a Draper James x Harry Barker gift on Christmas morning?
Tails a-waggin’!

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One of the mood boards Carol typically creates before designing a collection. This one is from a beach- and coastal- themed collection inspired by Carol’s friend and mentor Dr. Eugenie Clark. As accomplished scientist, she founded Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, Carol’s hometown,

Some bestsellers from the Draper James x Harry Barker holiday collection:

 

 

 

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Harry Barker Velvet Bandana

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Harry Barker Red Gingham Collar

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Draper James x Harry Barker Small Red Fisherman Sweater

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