I'm Arden, and together with my mom Rosana, we are the designers, and co-founders of Darling Dear Co. We live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and have been ever since my family immigrated here from Hong Kong when I was a toddler.
Darling Dear Co. was an idea we conceived a few years ago, thinking it would be fun to create cute pet accessories. Funny story, we don't have pets of our own but If there's one thing you should know about me, I am a die hard dog lover and have been asking for one since I was 4. My mom, however, is allergic and struggles with OCD due to childhood trauma, so we meet in the middle and make accessories for pets so that I can live vicariously through the photos we receive from our customers.
Thanks to Darling Dear Co and the wonderful community supporting us, we get to fulfill one of our greatest values: Family. Everyday, we get to wake up, have breakfast together and work alongside one another in our home studio. When I get to work alongside my favourite person, work doesn't quite feel like work at all.
In work, we kind of compliment each other perfectly. I'm creative, come up with lots of dreamy ideas (most of which I fail to follow through with), and make huge messes when I'm in the middle of a project. My mom is super tidy, reliable, organized and keeps us grounded. She is a talented seamstress, while I can hardly sew a straight line. I take our product photos, and run our social media accounts while my mom can barely operate her email account. As you can tell, our strengths are pretty different and that is what makes us a great team.
At the end of the day, we'll make a homey meal from scratch and sit down and watch an episode of something on Netflix together with my dad.