A good quality leather dog collar was becoming impossible to find, so in 2012 Corey and Ariane started Genuine Collars to combine Corey's passion for leather-craft with Ariane's keen interest and love for dogs. The urge to scratch the creative itch was impossible to resist.
Since the beginning, our focus has always been about premium quality, comfortable fit, and most importantly, durability. Each of our collars have been completely handmade - from the first cut to the last stitch - in our very own workshop in the heart of Montreal, Canada.
In today's disposable society, quality is more important than ever. At Genuine Collars we take pride in sourcing only the best materials to produce heirloom quality collars and leashes for your canine companions.
Our leathers are all full grain, which means it has not been corrected in any way beyond hair removal, allowing the natural markings and character of the leather to show, while conserving the most amount of tensile strength. As these leathers age they will patina beautifully and impart a unique character - a personality to the product - as truly unique as your dog.
Our leathers are imported from the most prestigious tanneries across the rolling hills of northern Italy. Their traditional tanning methods have been handed down from generation to generation to accentuate the colour variations, character and natural imperfections in each amazing piece of leather.
Our buckles and other hardware are all sand cast from solid brass, selected for its durability and resistance to rust and corrosion which is especially important for water-loving dogs.
We use a bonded polyester thread, the same used to sew parachutes together, for our topstitch because of its superior strength and resistance to fraying.
All our leather edges are bevelled, burnished, and dyed. This prevents the edges from fraying over time, and make it more comfortable for your dog’s neck or sensitive skin, as well as giving you the most comfort in your hand while walking your dog with our leashes.
Together, these materials are combined with our superior craftsmanship and our classic and timeless designs to create the perfect collar for your dog.
Craftsmanship is at the core of our business and the workshop is where we combine our raw materials with our classic designs to produce handcrafted items with personality and character. It can take years of development to get a collar design to the point where it is good enough to launch as we examine every detail and run it through rigorous testing while seamlessly blending form and function.
Each one of our handmade products is engineered for strength, performance and utility. Many of our tools and techniques are identical to those used in the 18th and 19th century by local saddle makers. We prefer handcrafting each piece with hand tools, one at a time, to focus our attention to detail. We over engineer our products, which means we don’t cut corners just to compete with foreign imports.
We are proud to keep the traditions of the artisan craftsman alive. Everything we make is 100% handcrafted by us, using the best materials to create the best collars and leashes for you and your dog.