About Sophisticated Pup
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About Us


Sophisticated Pup was founded in 2006 by designer Michelle O’Hollaren. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Visual Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago; and lives in Chicago with her husband Ryan and her adorable pug Penny—the muse of Sophisticated Pup. In the past decade, “SP” has been featured in numerous print and television media outlets; additionally in 2012 Michelle was a top 10 finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, and in 2015 recognized by Pet Age magazine in their “Pet Industry 40 Under 40” feature story. Quality, function, and style are cornerstones of Sophisticated Pup’s handmade product line; which began in 2006 with Michelle sewing each product by hand in her one-bedroom apartment. Today, Sophisticated Pup partners with a number of Chicago and U.S.-based manufacturers to meet consumer demand and maintain the highest level of quality possible. In recent years, the SP product line has grown beyond pet apparel, dog collars, leashes, and accessories. Pet owners can show their love of pets with Sophisticated Pup’s home decor collection. The ever-growing SP collection of pet and lifestyle products are available for everyone from individual pet lovers to retail outlets looking to provide their customers with the highest quality pet accessories and pet-them home decor products.





Penny and Michelle

Our business was founded in January 2006 with Michelle realizing that people were noticing the outfits that her pug Penny sported around the city.  Not a trip to the park went by that another pet parent didn't comment on Penny's attire and suggest that she should start selling them.  Michelle started plugging away on her line of pet products.  Here we are years later, still designing with the best interest of our pups in mind!




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