How much is that doggie (phone case) in the window?
Pets are important members of the family, and pet parents call themselves that for a reason — they want to see their furbabies all-day, everyday.
Work, errands, and other responsibilities get in the way of cuddle time, though, so a store called Printed Pets thought it would be nice to print illustrations of real pets in everyday items.
The startup was launched by a pretty young team of twenty-somethings: Kloyd Majam, Alexx Esponga, Troy Bautista, and Jessica Palteng.
Palteng handles marketing for the startup. She told Coconuts Manila that their products include phone cases, tote bags, canvas artworks, shirts, MacBook cases, and mugs.
Bautista is the graphic designer and creates the artworks. They make the cases through a sublimation heating process.
“They place it (the item) on a sublimation machine, it’s like [a] heat press. They heat up the phone case so the design sticks on it,” Palteng said.
“They (Customers) would send us a photo of their pet and we would make a funky artwork with it,” she added.
The startup currently has an average of 15 to 18 customers per week, who mostly order phone cases with their pets’ faces on them — here are the three types of cases they do.
The Daisy (PHP749/US$14.33)
The back, left, and right portions of the Daisy are protected while the top and bottom parts are exposed. It’s made with polycarbonate plastic and has a matte finish. Customers can choose from 23 colors, including living coral, the Pantone color of the year.
The Buddy (PHP649/US$12.42)
The Buddy, on the other hand, has its left, right, and back parts covered. Like the Daisy, both the top and bottom parts are exposed.
The Molly (PHP789/US$15.10)
All sides of the Molly are covered and protected. The back part is plastic, while the sides are covered in rubber.
Printed Pets only creates cases for iPhone, Samsung, Huawei and Oppo models for now.
The coolest pet they’ve ever printed, according to Palteng, is someone’s snake. The weirdest request they had? A rhino.
The processing period for one order takes around 12 — 14 working days. Customers are advised to provide a recent photo of their pet that’s clear with a high resolution.
“What we want is to immortalize the memory of your pet through everyday items,” said Palteng in a mix of English and Filipino.
Printed Pets is at Jess & Pat’s, 63 Maginhawa St.,
UP Village in Quezon City