Abby and Heather are the ladies behind OLIVE + ATLAS a beautiful pet goods brand based in Everett, WA. Their dog collars are unique and luxurious, the perfect gift for the serious dog lover.
Tell us about the journey OLIVE + ATLAS has been on?
OLIVE + ATLAS was founded in 2015 with the goal to bring humans and their canine friends closer together by nourishing the bonds they share; while giving back to our communities in a meaningful way.
We chose to begin our journey by handcrafting high-quality, unique dog style and goods, namely collars and leashes, that embody not only vibrant, urban landscapes, but a sense of the great outdoors as well. We handcraft each O+A piece from start to finish in our PNW workshop. We take pride in making each piece individually, giving all our goods their own unique sense of style and giving our customers a truly one-of-a-kind accessory.
Recently, we’ve partnered with another woman-owned local small business that specializes in handcrafting all-natural bath goods to help us offer our own line of bath goods for dogs. They’re all-natural, free of harsh chemicals and synthetic perfumes, and smell fantastic. They also help repel fleas and soothe sensitive skin.
As we grow it is our goal to offer more handcrafted goods for dogs that fit seamlessly within the lifestyle of the humans that care for them. That being said, we have more exciting new styles and goods for dog coming soon!
What was one of the biggest challenges you faced to get to where you are now?
Embracing the unknown and finding a way forward. It can be challenging owning and operating a small business, especially without tons of industry experience, but we’re committed to learning as we go. It’s our passion to bring more beauty into this world and our entrepreneurial spirit that keep us going when challenges arise.
What/who motivates you every day?
Our dogs, for sure, are an excellent source of motivation. They’re the true inspiration behind O+A. We’re also motivated by our customer base. We have met some wonderful folks along this journey who inspire and motivate us to build a company/brand that we believe in.
What does ‘thoughtful gifting’ mean to you?
From the heart. We believe a true, thoughtful gift originates first in the heart with the intention of goodwill and love for another. The physical gift comes next when you see that perfect item and just know that it carries the depth of your intention to delight the recipient.
What is your favourite gift featured on Gift in Time and what occasion is it perfect for?
The Surf Camping Adventure and any of the adventure tours through Whistler. We love any opportunity to get outdoors and connect with nature. Truly, this is an “any occasion” kind of gift in our books, but would be perfect for an anniversary getaway or a birthday surprise.