Saturday, November 29, 2008

Marushka today: Dog people?

Earlier, I have speculated about whether the makers of Marushka were cat people, given that more cats than dogs have been memorialized in Marushka prints.

As it turns out, today's Marushka seems to be governed by dog people.

Case in point:

1. You can buy one of two dog print in the new generation Marooshka line:
Marooshka - bad dog print

Marooshka - beach dogs

(though I should note that you can also find a cat print in three colorways in the new collection.)

2. The headquarters of Michigan Rag recently made the news for Cabo, the resident chihuahua at the storefront (article here).

Marooshka dog

Michigan Rag Company started in 1985, an clothing line that grew out of the original Marushka business. The company phased out Marushka prints in 1988 or so, but has gone back to releasing some new lines in the past few years (more about the new prints here). The Michigan Rag Company continues to screenprint clothing items - you can see some of the prints on the company's website. And they maintain a storefront on Washington Street in Grand Haven, Michigan. The photo above is of current owner Randy Smith (son of Marushka co-creator Pixie Gifford), with shop dog/mascot Cabo, who has been at the shop to greet customers and entertain employees for the past three years. So perhaps more dog prints for Marushka?

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