Couture by Sophie is a haute couture fashion house designing and creating couture, custom-made and ready-to-wear collections for dogs. In the spirit of true couture houses, the finest luxury fabrics are used, there is great attention paid to detail and a new design is unveiled each season. Couture by Sophie designs combine elegance, comfort and wearability, and incorporate key trends from the runways. The atelier is located in Chelsea, New York, in the heart of the garment industry.
10% of each sale goes to the American Humane Association, whose mission is to create a more humane and compassionate world by ending abuse and neglect of children and animals.
As one of the early independent publicists in the music industry, Jody Miller founded
JLM Public Relations, Inc., in 1984 and, over the course of her 25 years leading the company, created and implemented seminal campaigns and events, some of them history in the making.
Key campaigns included Roger Waters' The Wall celebrity concert, set on the Pottsdamer Platz between East and West Berlin, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall; Live AID '85 with Duran Duran and its offshoot groups The Power Station and Arcadia; urban mogul Russell Simmons, who Miller and JLM represented for eight years, and such icons and organizations as Al Green for his Top 10, Grammy-winning
album Lay It Down , John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop, The Cure, Kanye West, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, LIFEbeat and the American Women in Media, among many others.
Jody Miller retired from entertainment PR in 2009 to pursue her passion for fashion design.
She returned to school at Parson's School of Design, with the idea to create a couture, custom-made label for women. But the universe had another plan. A coat she designed for her young Portuguese Podengo pup, Sophie, garnered such positive attention, that she identified an opportunity to
marry fashion design with her other passion – animals.
In 2011, Couture by Sophie was born. From its inception, Couture by Sophie has offered
Miller the best of all worlds. She designs and makes couture, custom-made collections for dogs and she and Sophie get involved in helping animals and children, donating a portion of the proceeds
of each item to the American Humane Association.
(as told by her mom)
A little jetsetter from a very tender age, Sophie began life at Plushcourt Kennels, in Oxfordshire,
England. As a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, hers is a primitive breed over 2,000 years old, although only recently added to the American Kennel Club breed listings in 2010.
It is believed Podengos came to Portugal with the Phoenicians as ratters on their ships and became
rabbit hunters on land. They are fiercely courageous little dogs and were used to ferret the rabbits out of holes, brush and high places, going where no other dogs would dare go. And doing it with gusto!
Sophie came to us as one of the last two in the litter, with the very British given name of Midge. Her dad (my husband) Stanley Young, drove up from London during a business trip, picked our new little girl up and the journey began, a very long journey, indeed.
With it being illegal to transport a dog in or out of the UK in the cabin of a plane and unwilling to put our new little 3.5 pound pup in cargo, we got creative. Can anyone say car adventure?
Stanley can and did, beginning a night-long drive from Oxfordshire to Folkstone,
onto the chunnel, under the English Channel to Calais, France and down to Paris, one hand on the wheel and the other stroking Sophie in her crate. Some ten hours later, he and a very wilted little dog were parked in the British Airways lounge at Charles de Gaulle Airport. She flew on her daddy's chest across the ocean, and arrived that afternoon at her new home in the fashion capital of New York City.
And it’s been a family adventure ever since. A feisty, fun-loving, social and very sweet little dog,
Sophie, like many families with pets can attest, has made our lives infinitely richer.
We are Delta Society Pet Partners, visiting an adult day care center and a school for severely disabled children each week. She thrives during those visits, calmly letting people pet her, brush her and kiss her. And yes, throw fun toys and give her lots of treats!
Sophie has trained at agility, a strong sport for Podengos. She goes to physical therapy for her little
knees, which tend to come out of their sockets. She has play dates and loves her people
and dog friends alike, those very large ears tilting back adoringly and her little tush rocking like crazy when she sees them coming. And like most young girls, she has a Facebook and Twitter account (obviously!).
So when I retired from my PR career and the journey took me to designing collections for dogs, Sophie very quickly became my muse. And she’s a fashion maven herself! She parades around in her
coats like she knows she's got it going on! Couture by Sophie is in her honor. This happy little dog, who helped me start it all, brings a smile to so many faces, from so many walks of life.
What better business partner can a girl have!
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