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Oscar Newman

Product Spotlight


CocoTherapy organic coconut products for pets


CocoTherapy Virgin Coconut Oil is certified USDA organic. The oil is comprised primarily of Lauric acid, which when synthesized by the body produces a substance that prevents animals from getting viral, bacterial or protozoal infections, according to the company. CocoTherapy Coconut Chips, also certified USDA organic, are made from dehydrated coconut meat. The dried coconut-flake treats are made with no added sugars, salt, preservatives or chemicals, and are an excellent source of dietary fiber, the manufacturer reports.

The Basics

Company owners: Charisa Antigua & Carmina O’Connor

Location: Geneva, Illinois (headquarters); Manila, Philippines (quality assurance and product development)

Number of employees (full and part time): 8

Number of years in business: 6

Areas of distribution: United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Japan, Russia, Australia

The Details

How/why company was founded: “We have always been dog-obsessed fashionistas who love dogs, fashion, and dressing dogs. We’ve dressed our dogs since the 1970s before it was considered ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’ to dress dogs. As kids, we would rip up our own clothes to sew clothes for our dogs (much to our mother’s dismay). After years of working in corporate America, we decided to ‘go for it’ and spend our life doing something we really love.”

Company motto/mission:

Spread some joy: To create truly unique and beautiful pet apparel, accessories, and pet products that make our fur babies’ lives a little bit more special.

Spread the love: Make a significant difference in the lives of less-fortunate animals by supporting and donating to various animal charities.

Company culture: “We focus on serving animals and the needs of our customers in every aspect of our business. We strive to create products that have exceptional quality and workmanship. We are picky and meticulous in everything we do. Giving back to various animal charities is also very important to us. We believe that social responsibility and support for dogs and all animals is an important part of our mission.”

Greatest opportunity: Dressing Star Jones’ Maltese, Pinky, for the red carpet at the Emmy Awards

Biggest challenge: “In this recent economy where other companies are cutting back on quality and cost, and retail customers are cutting back on their spending, our biggest challenge is to continue to produce beautiful, high-quality collections, while at the same time, being aware of our customers’ threshold for spending.”

Company product categories: Pet apparel, belly bands, pet jewelry, blankets, toys

Key to company’s success: “We capitalize on our individual strengths as designers and business owners and never compromise our values and standards.”

Company product lines: Oscar Newman Luxury Pet Couture, Truly Oscar by Oscar Newman, CocoTherapy

Future product plans: To grow the CocoTherapy brand of organic products, a new organic treat and professional cosmeceutical grooming line. <HOME>


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I'm familiar with this brand, as I saw it at a pet boutique in FL. Very beautiful products, Instantly caught my attention as I had never seen anything quite like it. Glad to hear this company is cares about animals.
Cheryl, New York, NY
Posted: 1/8/2010 8:23:37 PM
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