Hilary's Hounds is a small family business founded and ran by Mother and Daughter Team, Hilary & Hayley.
Hilary's Hounds originally started back in 2019 as a fun project for Mum, Hilary, as she approached retirement and loved knitting for our two muses of HH, Sessel and Syril ( Dachshund & Italian Greyhound)
Many friends would ask Mum if she could also knit for their pooches and so over some months Hilary's Hounds was born!
I set up Mum an Instagram page and she would take her small but frequent orders through there. At first we only made snoods, bandanas and knitted jumpers and had no intention of growing into a business of sorts.
Fast forward to January lockdown 2021 when daughter, Hayley, couldn't get hold of any warm dog fleeces in the cold winter and thought let's give it a go!
We made our first samples, tried and tested styles, colours and sizes on friends and then we were ready to launch a small range of plain coloured fleeces in April 2021.
Summer 2021 we added some jerseys to our range including our super popular Breton! Autumn 2021 saw the release of a small range of waterproof jackets and our super popular Sherpa Coat. Winter 2021 we launched The Christmas Fleece and things really started to take off!
We slowly expanded our small team and we now work alongside a couple of amazing seamstresses who are all based in the UK. Currently we are an all female workforce and we take care of every process between ourselves from sourcing material, designing, creating, cutting, sewing, photography, social media, emails and posting.
Seeing all your pictures from around the globe makes us so so happy and really is the driving force behind our brand! As much as we have grown our main goal is to help to keep your pooches, warm, dry and clean, offer a friendly service and if we happen to spread a few smiles at the same time then so be it!