Stars and their businesses: Michael de Mesa

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With Michael de Mesa is Yuki, his one-year-old pet Yorkshire terrier, or Yorkie.(YES! January 2008 issue)


K9 Couture is a one-stop pet-dog boutique and grooming salon that sells cute dog outfits, carrier bags, and even personalized bling-blings for dogs. It started as a Web-based store in 2005, but turned a year later into an actual shop in the Tiendesitas shopping complex in Pasig City.


Celebrated actor and director Michael de Mesa, one of the owners of K9 Couture, recalls going to Tiendesitas with his business partners and discovering that there was a Pet Village there: "Eksakto, it was a time when we were thinking of a business, and hindi namin alam kung ano. Kahit papaano, meron kaming alam about dogs, kasi we grew up with dogs, so we decided to do this. At least, alam namin na magiging masaya kami habang ginagawa namin 'to."


We includes, besides Michael, his girlfriend, Julie Reyes, and their friend and business partner, Twinkle Zamora.


Julie, a member of the jazz dance ensemble Hotlegs, designs the doggie outfits and bags; Twinkle tailors them.


At first, Michael wasn't really sure if this kind of business would immediately click, but after a sudden surge of clients, which included his showbiz friends, he knew he had made the right decision. "I'd be a hypocrite naman if I say na hindi ko nagamit kung sino ako in the beginning. Malaking tulong talaga 'yon. Pero I'd like to believe we were able to establish good rapport and service with our customers."


More than just dressing up dogs, K9 Couture's main goals, Michael says, are to help inform people about the proper way of taking care of animals, and to share, with others, the joy of owning pets.


Check out k9c0uture.multiply.com. Better still, call K9 Couture at (02) 633-8698.


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