Yoda and Gigi Dynnis are two of the best dressed Chihuahuas in Los Angeles. After all, they have their very own doggie tailor at their bark and call … their mom, Jake Dynnis of Jackrocketwear! This dynamic duo is quite the talk of the town – their outfits are all handmade, original couture pet designs. Celebs such as Kelly Hu, Tori Spelling, Paris Hilton, Lake Bell, Zach Braff, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Jessica Simpson are big fans. Yoda and Gigi have an outfit for every occasion: vintage cashmere and angora sweaters with fine vintage beads, Swarovski crystals and an occasional faux fur collar. They also sport crystal studded doggie t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, a denim line (“8”) and a Rockstar line, which includes funky, outrageous outfits. That’s Hollywood, baby.
Mom, Jake Dynnis established Jackrocketwear after a very special dog named Jack Rocket, a champion bred Italian Greyhound. She tells Animal Fair, “Jack was friendly, trusting and loving. When he was only eight months old, he was diagnosed with a congenital kidney defect and the vet gave him one month to live. My life stopped. Jack was my priority and I tried every remedy under the sun. I was able to keep Jack alive for 2 more years!” Jack stayed extremely small for his breed and would shiver even on the warmest of days, which inspired Dynnis (who graduated in Fashion Design) to create various cashmere and angora sweaters to keep him warm. Before long, her eccentric designs caught the eye of Fred Segal, in Santa Monica, CA. Dynnis had been pursuing her lengthy music career and recording aspirations for years, but after little Jack Rocket passed on, Dynnis decided to put music aside and give fashion 100%. “Everything happens for a reason. Jack was an extension of me and I’m in this business for personal reasons. I custom tailor my pieces for each dog and will go to the Nth degree in detail,” she says.
Dynnis’ designs have been featured in TV’s The Simple Life II, and she will launch Luxury Dog Spa Products in the G.W. Little 2005 Holiday catalog. While her reputation continues to grow across the United States, Dynnis finds joy in the simple things. Yoda and Gigi, light up her world. “Yoda has similar personality traits to Jack. He’s loyal and extra loveable. He thrives for my attention and can sing! Yoda is a very smart dog. When I say ‘Top Secret’ he gets in his bag and hides. It’s so funny. Gigi is rambunctious, cautious and sweet. She’s a character. My dogs are my kids. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
– Maria Akl