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Haute cat-ure: Felines model fashions for annual calendar

Sep. 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM ET

United Bamboo/Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
United Bamboo/Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
Huxtable the cat models a blouse and black wool jumper. According to his owner, he loves "to hang out on people's shoulders and will walk on a leash!"

It’s hard to feel upstaged by a cat in the fashion department (though their fur coats can be rather swanky). That is, until you take a look at United Bamboo’s annual cat calendar, a collection of aloof feline models showing off custom-made designs that will leave all but the most fashion-forward feeling dowdy.

Past calendars in United Bamboo's series, which began in 2010, featured kitty-sized versions of the New York-based brand’s ready-to-wear looks from the previous year. But the 2014 edition, which will be available on the company’s website on Oct. 1, went in a different direction and will include runway designs dug up from the archives.

Each piece of clothing was crafted specially for the cat who modeled it and will likely be on sale (with a couture-worthy price tag) in the coming months, as they have been in years past.

United Bamboo/Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
United Bamboo/Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
Prince Snowflake models United Bamboo's colored binding coat. He's a social little guy: "Prince Snowflake doesn't like to be left along, and he must be taken out weekly in his pet stroller to meet new people."

The feline-friendly looks range from a sparkly bow dress worn by 2-year-old Gertrude (who can’t stand the smell of toothpaste) to a bright red parka modeled by tuxedo cat Jasper. There’s even something for the more masculine among us: a kitty in a suit jacket with shirt and tie.

Just like their human counterparts, these cool cats are chosen at a “casting” call. United Bamboo also started an Instagram campaign for the 2014 calendar, asking owners to send in glamor shots of their cats with the hashtag #unitedbamboocatclub. Around 30 cats made the first cut, but there were no guarantees they’d make it in the final product.

United Bamboo/Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
United Bamboo/Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
Jasper, part Maine coon and part domestic longhair, poses in a red duffle parka with a striped jersey tee. The calendar was designed by Studio Lin and shot by photographer Noah Sheldon.

“You never really know how a cat model will behave or how the clothes will look on them," United Bamboo spokesperson Nikki Girion told TODAY.com. “Some cats either don't fit the clothing, freak out, or just don't photograph well so we need to make sure we have all 12 months covered.”

Prince Snowflake Dove Vanilla Fisher traveled from West Virginia to make it to the June shoot in New York, and 2-year-old Gilda (who, naturally, loves to cuddle) made a cross-country trek from San Francisco to participate.

Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
Noah Sheldon/Studio Lin
Bob Paisley, who was featured in the 2013 calendar as well, wears a printed blazer and striped shirt.

Later in the month, United Bamboo will launch a Cat Club, where fashionable cat ladies can browse through more info about each model and get the scoop on next year’s casting.  


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