Two crazy dog ladies (sisters too) with four Italian Greyhounds, doing something we love – designing beautiful bedding for dogs that is super-comfy, stylish and practical. And we're learning to run a small business as we go.
We founded Charley Chau in 2010 and since then lots of amazing things have happened … more and more people are finding out about us and now we have happy customers in over 25 countries around the world to whom we are very grateful for all their support and encouragement, our beds and blankets keep popping up in the media and even on TV, and in 2014 we were named Fusion 2014 Entrepreneurs of the Year!
We had no idea that all of this would happen when we sat on the sitting room floor one afternoon, fed up because we couldn’t find any stylish and good quality dog beds, and designed and hand-stitched a Snuggle Bed. We posted photos on Facebook of what is now our signature Charley Chau Snuggle Bed and we were inundated with requests. That's how Charley Chau was born. No shiny business strategy, no big shiny plan – just a funny little idea that we thought might be a quirky little hobby.
Two years later we left our day jobs, and we're growing and developing our small business from our new studio on the site of a converted Victorian Brewery in Manchester. One of the best things about running Charley Chau is that we’re lucky enough to be able to have Charley, Anna, Tino and Theo at work with us every day.
We design dog beds and blankets that are super-comfy, stylish and practical. Comfort of the dogs has to come first but style and performance are hot on its heels – and we work to a mantra of machine washable everything! We're dog people and we understand the problems that dog people face when searching for good quality beds ad blankets for their dogs.
We're also proud supporters of British manufacturing with all of our fabric beds and blankets made with love in England to the highest standards.
We’re always working on new ideas, prototyping, testing, changing, testing some more … nothing is launched until we, and our army of product testers (our own pack and lots of others too) are 110% happy with it. The Kennel Club featured our company on the Crufts website and the article is worth a read for an insight into our design ethic: “Charley Chau – a new breed of luxury dog bedding company”.
Our four little monkeys are the inspiration for Charley Chau so we have a lot to thank them for, not just because they’re ace bed testers but because they have literally turned our lives upside and for the better!
p.s our official charity is Greyhound Rescue West of England and we do bits and bobs throughout the year to support the amazing work that they do caring for Sighthounds in need. Do pop over to the Greyhound Rescue West of England website to find out more: www.grwe.com.