Nicole and Ileana are lifelong friends with a shared compassion for big dogs. When Ileana adopted Lexi in NYC she needed a dog bed and had a hard time finding one that was attractive, comfortable for Lexi, and washable. She and Nicole put their heads together and decided that the beds had to not only look great, but be made of a top-quality material that is ultimately eco-friendly and biodegradable so that they weren't making more bulk for the landfills.
Both Nicole and Ileana grew up in Rhode Island. They love the ocean and the New England coastline and wanted to integrate this beauty and natural feeling into the personality of the company.
Having graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Nicole is a successful interior designer and jewelry designer. She has two German Shepherds, named Baru and Cuda.
Ileana has an MBA from Columbia and worked for several Fortune 500 companies. She has Certificates in Sustainable Business Practices and lives in NYC with her rescue dog, a shepherd/akita mix named Lexi. Watch Lexi's rescue story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAjsdtI5Kog
MARTHA STEWART 'AMERICAN MADE' FINALIST!: We are excited to be a 2014 American Made Finalist in the Pet Accessories category! Click below to learn more
GREEN CERTIFIED: Island Dog Design is a Green Certified business by Green America (www.greenamerica.org), the country's leading green business advocacy and certification organization. We continually work to improve our business locally, and raise awareness about environmental issues that impact us globally.