Sooner rather than later, dog owners find themselves struggling with a mountain of squeaky chewing toys, and a not-so-elegant bed that gets shoved into a closet whenever guests visit.
Not the most appealing situation for the design-conscious pet owner.
Gabriela Baiter, the foster owner of a 15 year old, peppered black lab named Gable (short for Clark Gable), was looking for something that matched her contemporary approach to interior design, but felt defeated with what she found in traditional pet stores. "I wanted to find a way to make my apartment my own, and finding a bed for my dog that looked great was part of it," she tells Supermaker. Inspired herself by the Los Angeles boho vibe, and a graduate of Brown University, it occurred to Gabriela that there had to be a more stylish path for pet owners out there. Was no one catering to the design-conscious? Would she really have to settle for a bland, grey dog bed with cheap insides?
Maybe it was her creative soul, but something told her to do something about it. Armed with an old dog bed, a piece of fashionable cloth, and the ultimate tutorial, Gabriela chose to upholster Gable's bed to complement her apartment with a striking, high-contrast pattern. Immediately, her visitors began to notice—to Gabriela's surprise, the project was an instant hit. Certainly owing a debt to sunny, breezy LA vibes, and to her own meticulous approach to home decor, Baiter had chanced upon a ripe, relatively unattended niche in the pet product industry.
And so, from a humble 500 square foot bungalow in Santa Monica, Laylo Pets was born—purveyors of gorgeous, orthopedic dog beds in covetable collections.