Okay, okay I know I say this all the time and I really DO mean it every single time I say it, But I am soooo obsessed with Hunden Folk! First off, we all know by now that I love to have my pups in bandanas, it is kinda their thing at the this point, whether they like it or not. So I am always on the search for new companies for me to share with our followers. Hundenfolk is my new love, and I can promise you this one is going to last awhile y’all.
Hundenfolk was founded by Julia and Nick, they launched the brand with the idea of becoming business owners that also gave back to the animal community that they are so committed to. We asked them a few questions about this amazing company they have started, see their answers below!
How did you get started?
Around this time last year, we were working for the largest technology company in the world. We both loved portions of what we did, but didn't love it all. It was definitely was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we will cherish for the rest of our lives, however, we couldn't help but feel unsatisfied with the impact we were making and how we spent our days. Did we do enough today? Are we living our best lives? So... drumroll please!! We quit. Was it the scariest thing ever? Yes. Were our families super stressed out and begging us to go back for months? Yes. Did we think we were strong enough to figure something else out? Maybe.
We took some time off... a lot of time. Almost spent half a year off before we figured out what we wanted to do. During our "retirement" we traveled, visited family, and had real holidays without the concern of working and being taken away or distracted. That gave us a lot of time to think about what we wanted too; we did want to work with our hands, we absolutely had to include our passion for animals and we wanted to give back. With our combined history of retail, leadership and the arts (Nick and I both went to school for Art back in the day), we set out to create a brand we would be proud of and eventually landed on creating a brand for dogs and the people that love them inspired by our baby Blue, a 9 year old Italian Greyhound!
Tell us about your pups!
We have only one pup! Blue, an Italian Greyhound that is 9 years old but has the spirit of a puppy. Not a day passes that he doesn't get complimented on his youthful exuberance. He is a large reason why we began this journey to find more time in our days to be together enjoying the simple things. Our worlds revolve around Blue, and we wouldn't have it any other way!
Any others that influence your work?
We feel that dogs have an unwavering love for adventure and ceaselessly give to their owners. We aspire to continue to grow Hundenfolk into a lifestyle brand that inspires people to get outside, enjoy life more and focus on the simpler things that make us all happy. We've structured Hundenfolk to support local charities and shelters and hope to expand that soon.
What keeps you inspired?
The community around us has been a consistent source of inspiration along with the people we meet and their dogs. We are inspired by people and pets that appreciate the same values in life that we do. We strive to live by the Spirit of Adventure and the Spirit of Giving. Those who do the same are the ones that truly inspire us.
If you are anything like me, and always wanting some new swag for your fur-babies, then please do yourself, your pups and your insta feed a favor by checking out Hundenfolk for the latest gear for you pups and all the pups in your life!