All Dogs on Deck


Founder: Barney Kelley
New Canaan, CT

When Barney Kelley wanted to buy a dog-inspired gift for friends who hosted him and his wife on Nantucket each summer, he saw some poorly made nautical leashes and knew he could do better. “I made a prototype of a collar and sent it to a saddler whose business was in reconditioning Hermès saddles,” Kelley says. “With his help, I was able to build a great collar that incorporated dingy line with belting leather.” Kelley—an avid sailor whose day job is as a strategic planning consultant—constructs his brightly colored products through a complicated process of hand splicing, which makes each design incredibly strong. “The splice is made in a way that the cover of the line tightens down on the core as force is applied,” he says. All Dogs on Deck collars and leashes are sold at Landfall Navigation, a marine store in Stamford, CT, and online at etsy.

Photograph by Hollie Bertram