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Man’s best-dressed friend

Man’s best-dressed friend

Beijing-based Hu Xi is making waves in China’s fashion industry. But she doesn’t dress women, or even men. She makes clothes for dogs. According to CCTV, Hu has just set up the country’s first fashion studio for canines. So far eager clients have coutured their pets in Hu’s distinctive wedding gowns, police uniforms and super hero outfits.

The enterprising Hu has been making clothes for canines since the age of 10, when she was given her first dog, Mimi. She now has six dogs of her own and a host of clients who prefer her bespoke clothes to mass-produced items available in pet shops. “I think of my dogs like children,” says regular customer, Zhang Mengyi. “I think ultimately them wearing clothes satisfies my own emotional needs.”

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