About Wildebeest – wildebeest

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About Wildebeest

“Life is more colorful with your Beest!”

At Wildebeest, we create fun versatile pet gear for the modern family. With function and quality at the core of our colorful products, we’re here to help you bond and enjoy every moment spent with your special beest as you navigate through daily routines and worldly adventures.

Since launching in 2011 with the Meadow Pet Bed, Wildebeest has been delivering cool California-made essentials like the reversible Bandana Collar and All Weather Dog Jacket to pets & pet lovers worldwide. Today Wildebeest is a small team working out of our design studio in San Francisco’s Mission District, continuing to do what we love -- creating quality pet gear that you & your best friend can depend on.

Jane & Shelby's Story

Wildebeest represents founder Jane Lee’s vision for creating meaningful products by bringing two of her passions together: design and animal companionship.

After studying industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Jane moved to San Francisco and worked for small design firms making furniture and designing retail environments for clients like Apple and Nokia. Jane left her job as she turned 30, seeking more creative freedom and a stronger connection to her designs. Always having been a maker and tinkerer, Jane was desperate to return to her product design roots and building things by hand.

When Jane adopted Shelby in 2011, she was a new pet parent eager to find the perfect bed for a sweet but timid little rescue pup. Tired of searching high and low for a comfortable, easy to care, well-made and attractive bed, she decided to take on the challenge of creating the ‘ideal pet bed’ herself. What followed was the handcrafted first version of the Meadow Bed which Shelby absolutely adored. Seeing how it helped Shelby break out of her shell and settle into new surroundings with ease, starting her own pet product brand quickly became a clear vision for Jane. Wildebeest was soon born with a mission to deliver thoughtfully designed, high quality products for everyday use to help pet lovers like herself bond with their animal.

Today, Jane continues to draw inspiration from her own experience as a pet parent living in beautiful Northern California. Shelby still owns her role as the top dog and first product tester for most Wildebeest creations.


Made in California with Love

Every Wildebeest product is our proud original, designed in San Francisco, California and locally made with your animal’s best interest in mind.

We handpick every material that makes up our product and work closely with our manufacturing team who is located just across the Bay from our SF headquarters. There, they have been building lifestyle gear for some of America’s favorite outdoor brands for over 20 years -- the perfect experience and expertise for building Wildebeest designs.

We're committed to making the best quality products possible. That’s why all of our products come with the Wild4Life Guarantee.


Giving Back

Having adopted Shelby from the local SPCA, animal rescue and welfare have had a special place in Wildebeest’s heart since Day One. We’ve volunteered time and donated products to more than 50 different rescue groups across the country and look forward to giving back more as we grow.

Some of our outreach efforts include Buy 1 Leash, Give 1 Leash program to help the homeless youth of San Francisco and their animal companions and sponsoring SF SPCA’s Anti-prong campaign to help eliminate harmful prong collars in our community.

 

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