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Gene King

Karen’s for People + Pets, 1195 Lexington Ave., near 81st St.; 212-472-9440

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You have a hair salon in the back and more outfits than the average boutique.
Dogs are the new children.

But if the dog isn’t dressed, does that mean it’s naked?
Mine wears a thong. I’m kidding! But he does go au naturel. In the summer, he has a little orange-mesh tank top, a cap, and goggles.

Some of the clothes could be in WWD.
Karen designs for dogs what’s in vogue for humans. We have a lot of argyle and cashmere this year, and vinyl raincoats with fleece collars.

Do people really throw birthday parties for their dogs?
They sure do. A number of our customers do not lack in anything, so they’ll go to a party for a human and bring something for the dog instead.


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