June arrived with a letter of introduction in my inbox from Logan Szidik, a young style entrepreneur looking to corner the market on preppy dog collars. No kidding: Szidik, a 23-year-old who graduated last year from the University of Vermont, has launched a collection called Logan Richard featuring collars for canines and belts for humans. I asked him to tell us more. — CC
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IS: How did Logan Richard come about?
LS: I began making belts the summer of my freshman year in college while living on Cape Cod. I was working at the Hyannisport Gold Club, and became inspired by some of the older golfers who dressed unapologetically preppy on the course. I had a few of my old ties from boarding school sewn onto belts by a leather-worker in West Yarmouth, and realized that I might be on to something.
IS: And the dog angle?
LS: I’m a huge dog person, and the dog accessories became the main focus of the project when I realized there was nothing quite like them available on the market. The idea is to be able to match your furry best friend, while showing that you and your pooch both appreciate the timeless aesthetic of New England. I chose silk, because there just seems to be something about the unmistakable quality and sheen of the fiber not seen in any other fabric. Pair a material as beautiful as silk with the traditional Ivy League-inspired stripes and tartans and you have a product that will set your dog away from the rest of the pack. A gentleman should have the option to equip his dog with the same high-quality products that he himself wears.
IS: Where do you get the materials?
LS: The leather I source is genuine American, vegetable tanned leather of equestrian quality. The silk is sourced from a 17th-century mill in England, and is hand-sewn onto each product right here in Vermont.
IS: What’s next for you?
LS: A selection of fall designs will be released in October. Look out for a tweed and some fun motif fabrics. Down the road I will slowly continue to release limited collections on the website, as well as through select retailers. College and boarding school prints may be available in the future as well, although no time frame has been determined. I am currently working to identify and reach out to a handful of schools.
I run the business entirely on my own. I still have a long way to go, but this is my passion and I plan to pursue it as long as I am able.