a BEAST + a BABE
BEAST AND BABE is a natural extension of founder Kelsie Macray + her pup Yogi's life and aesthetic. Intending to create a leash that truly reflected their relationshop, and with Southern California as a huge influence,Kelsie + Yogi have created a line of collars that represent a spirit of life being about "the journey."
BEAST AND BABE sources the very best of artisan and vintage fabrics from around the world, pieces that usually have lived several lives and passed through many hands on their journey. They love that each fabric chosen to be a part of their collection has a special story behind it, having a lived a life before - whether sourced from handcrafted dress from tribal Guatemala, a beautiful wool serape that's been passing through thrift stores since the 70s, or a piece of of fabric that they dyed themselves. Wearing their collars and leads - all handmade in Los Angeles, CA - is a reminder to not break the chain, and continue living the journey with your four-legged friend.
Kelsey, about the name :: On one level the name is just about me and Yogi, and is one way to describe our dynamic (we often get asked which one is the beast, which one is the babe but we won’t tell). The name also represents this relationship we share with our dogs, both of us being half wild and half modern creatures finding our place in this changing world. This is one of the reasons we love using these semi-wild tribal fabrics and re-purposing them to create something modern and refined.
on Yogi's name :: Yogi gets his name because he’s one of the most mellow dudes I’ve ever met. However, he is very opinionated about certain things and is a talented escape artist. He has a long list of yards, three story apartments, tents, houses, and cars he’s managed to escape from. So… we’ve settled on him pretty much just going most everywhere with me, which I don’t mind, at least I have this business built around him as an excuse.
on life with Yogi :: I picked Yogi up from a shelter back in 2007 while I was still in college at the University of Miami. He was full grown when I got him (despite the fact that he looks like he’s pulling a Benjamin Button and reverse aging) so I think he’s about 10 or 11 years old. Being together since I was 18, I honestly don’t know who I would be if we hadn’t met. He has shaped the things that bring joy and meaning into my life, as well as inspiring me to start this company, which has been one of the best journeys I’ve ever embarked on (besides adopting him of course).