Designer Joanne McGonagle noticed that consumers were fond of protective studs on the bottom of handbags and totes.
But, it wasn’t until she came up with the idea of making those protective studs into the shape of cat paws and unveiled them through her Triple T collection at CatCon in Los Angeles, that she was rewarded with shrieks of delight.
“I wanted to distinguish our brand with a cat accent,” related McGonagle in a press release.
Triple T Studios was granted a design patent for the cat paw protective feet on the bottom of their cat purse, cat tote, and cat handbag collection. The cat paw is apparently even anatomically correct; McGonagle relies on her zoology degree when creating new cat inspired designs.
McGonagle’s business carries uniquely designed handbags, jewelry, apparel and select cat beds and toys.
Triple T Studios’ name is a nod to “The Tiniest Tiger,” McGonagle’s children’s’ book written after an unplanned adoption of her cat Gracey from a local shelter.
As a first-time cat parent, McGonagle recalls looking at the kitten curled up on her sweatshirt and saying out loud, “You are the tiniest tiger, how do I take the best care of you?” Smitten by the kitten, McGonagle started her award-winning blog by the same name and grew a following of lovers of all cats, big and small. Her love for Gracey led to her zoology studies in Miami University’s Global Field Program where she focused on big cats and human wildlife conflict.
Triple T Studios supports the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Lion Guardians in Kenya, makes regular donations to Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, and other big and small cat projects.
Triple T is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a woman-owned business. McGonagle is the owner of several trademarks and the design patent of the cat paw protective feet.
For more information, visit Triple T Studios.