We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Lin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jill, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Both my husband and I come from the creative industry. He’s a creative director and I’m a fashion illustrator. Given our love for design, fashion and animals, we wanted to utilize our skills to create something that combined all three.
What should our readers know about your business?
TigerPig and Co is a dog accessories company that was created to give back to animals in need. Our focus is on making well-designed items for dogs, spreading the word about nonprofits and the benefits of adopting. What sets us apart from other companies is that it’s just us. Everything is done in-house by us and we are the ones who vet and research the nonprofits we give back to. We don’t believe in fast fashion which is why we don’t turn around new products as often as other companies. You won’t be seeing seasonal items for us because we want all our bandanas and dog beds to stand the test of time and become classics.
TigerPig and Co has always been a dream of ours and while we’ve brought it to life, there’s more we’d like to do. However, we’re taking our time and growing it in a way we can feel proud of. We’re not chasing profits and we both have full time day jobs which gives us the luxury of doing so.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best places for us are places in which we can share with our two bulldogs and so we’re partial to dog-friendly places and small businesses. Quite honestly, we’ve been staying at home a lot during this time, so there are many places we’d love to check out but haven’t yet. East Los Angeles Eats: -Tacos Villa Corona, a cash-only, family-run no-frills Mexican takeout that the late Anthony Bourdain wrote about and conveniently, a walkable distance for us. Elephant Coffee, a coffee shop in Atwater Village that donates proceeds to save Elephants and owned by the sweetest community-focused people. Proof Bakery (the line is worth it!) Kitchen Mouse. Masa or Little Dom’s for Italian/ Maru Coffee (we go for the matcha lattes)/ Pine and Crane or Joy (same owners of delicious Taiwanese food). Wax Paper Company for great sandwiches, Monty’s for the best vegan hamburger Neighborhood bars: Club TeeGee, Bar Calo or Bar Henry (these are not dog-friendly) Salazar for tacos and a cocktail Places: -Hauser and Wirth in DTLA. We love the open space, the hen farm in the back and the easy access to Manuela’s for cocktails. -For a bit of nature, we’d suggest the LA Arboretum and or the Huntington Library for the gardens – Galleries and or studios – (David Kordansky Gallery, Blum and Poe, Jeffery Deitch) these vary but right now, we are loving the colorful world of Kneeland and Co Textile. -Any flea market (Pasadena Flea and Palm Springs Flea are two of our favorite). Out of LA: We’ve been heading out of town during this time to recharge and get a change of scenery. Easy 2 hour-drives include Palm Springs, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Santa Barbara and Ojai.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We wanted to give a shout out to one of of our partners, BLNK East, who had helped us navigate through this process. We also wanted to say thank you to all our lovely friends who have supported us, helped champion us and spread the word about us along the way.