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Doggie co. seeks seamstress

August 7th, 2009

If there are any pros out there willing to lend a hand to a fledgling business, Inu Inu Hawaii, an up and coming dog clothing line, is looking for a skilled pattern maker/seamstress to help create unique and custom outfits for Hawaii’s stylish doggies.

Good pattern makers are hard to find, but if anyone can point them in the right direction, it would be much appreciated. The individual sought for hire must be proficient in pattern making, construction and sewing. Grading experience is a plus. Dog forms in different sizes and materials will be provided for initial sample test.

Only serious, hardworking applicants need apply by sending a brief introduction and resume outlining your sewing/patternmaking background and capabilities. Send to

A Web site is under construction at

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Pupstar Sonoma’s fashion stars

May 14th, 2009


Photo courtesy Phillip and Susan Lauer
From left, Blue, Bono and Roxy model parkas with decorative buckles stitched up by Susan Lauer of Pupstar Sonoma. The photo won the family third place in a contest at

As far as some dog owners are concerned, Valentino’s pugs stole the show in the film “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” still playing at Kahala Theatres.

Winners were recently named in the movie Web sit’s Pug-o-Vision contest, and the third place finishers happen to have Hawaii ties. Susan and Phillip Lauer started a small clothing company for dogs, Pupstar Sonoma, after Susan’s designs got the attention of other dog owners in Northern California. Before they moved to Hawaii, Phillip worked at Crazy Shirts, and Susan, a University of Hawaii fashion graduate worked throughout in the fashion industry, continuing to do pattern making and grading for a local company after the move.

Here’s my story in today’s print edition:

Also, today, some tips from the book “How Not to Look Old.”