Canine Couture Exeter Dog Patterns by Designer Anthony Rubio
Penny, the tiny Maltese-Poodle mix, walked the red carpet effortlessly for her second New York Fashion Week recently.
She debuted in a one-of-a-kind canine couture created by designer Anthony Rubio and was held in the arm of a model as she walked the runway on 9/11 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City.
Manpreet “Preety” Kaur is making a name for himself for the 16-month-old pup by promoting her on Instagram (@PennyLuxeLife) and securing her fashion and photography deals. Penny is a model for Rifruf dog trainers and an ambassador for Kara Mergl Photography.
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Kaur lives in Exeter Township with her family while she completes medical school and a Masters in Business Administration. She said she saw a classmate’s dog having a litter with her neighbour’s dog and was smitten by the little ball of fur when she met Penny.
Late last year, Kaur saw a casting call for Rubio’s show.
“Usually all of his slots are filled, but because of the whole pandemic situation, he had a casting call and I was like, ‘She’s not going to get this opportunity, but it doesn’t hurt to try anyway. “”, Kaur said.
She couldn’t believe Penny had been selected.
“I got the email, I jumped up and I screamed, because you know you live in Berks County, that’s kind of like a big deal for us,” he said. she declared.
At that first fashion show in February, Kaur said many celebrities attended, including Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu.
“It was a great way to find work and learn about the industry, coming from a completely different background, as a girl born in India in a very, very different environment,” Kaur said.
She said she was thrilled when Penny was chosen to model for Rubio at her last show.
“So proud of my presentation at New York Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2023,” Rubio wrote in an email. “My collection included 20 creations for humans and 20 of my Canine Couture creations.
“For the pets, I designed bright, vibrant colors with lots of shine, each one a one-of-a-kind work of art. These clothes represent how our pets brighten up our days even in the worst of times. As I’ve said many times, our pets, who are mostly adopted from shelters and shelters, are role models, not props.
Rubio went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for womenswear and created human designs from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, his rep said.
After taking a break from the design world until 2003, he was inspired by his adopted dog Bandit to start Bandit Rubio Designs for pets. The company’s name was changed to Anthony Rubio Designs when Bandit died in 2011. Proceeds from the sale of the canine couture are donated to various rescue organizations, a representative said.
Kaur, 32, was born in New Delhi, India, and graduated in 2008 from Exeter High School. She said that when she came to school in the United States, she had to take ESL lessons. Now she has no accent.
Penny also continued her studies. She became a certified therapy dog with Pawsitive Hearts Pet Therapy and Rescue Inc. in August and visited the Hogan Learning Academy for students with autism spectrum disorders in Rockland Township and the Berks County District Attorney’s Office.
She’s also learning how to use “talking” buttons, Kaur said.
“So when she wants to go out or she wants a treat, she actually presses a button,” Kaur said. “It will speak to me.
“Now that I’m teaching him to talk, it’s really cool.”