Sophisticated Pup

Sophisticated Pup

Premium Products for Pets & Pet-Themed Home Decor and Gifts for Pet Lovers.

Sophisticated Pup is the creation of Michelle O’Hollaren, she is a Chicago-based artist. In 2005, Michelle was in graduate school finishing up her master’s degree in Visual Arts Management at Columbia College Chicago; when she decided to bring a pug puppy into her life. She named her pug Penny; little did she know that that special little pup would turn her world upside down, and change the trajectory of her career in a matter of a few short months. Michelle had long been an artist and designer, with several art-based positions prior to Sophisticated Pup. Having received her bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts Education from Indiana University, she worked as an art teacher in the Chicago Public Schools as well as a museum educator and administrator at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to starting her own business.
Initially, Michelle created designs for her little pug, which quickly turned into creating products for other dogs and what would become the inception of Sophisticated Pup. She focused mostly on sewn products for pets in the beginning, which included pet apparel, dog collars, leashes and accessories. In 2015, she tapped into her graphic design skills and added pet-themed home decor and gift items with her original art on the pieces.
Today, Michelle works out of her home-based studio in Chicago, where she sews and does graphic design. Her sweet little pug sadly passed away in May of 2017, from a long battle with Canine Liver Disease. However, a quirky, fun-loving little french bulldog named Phoebe, now keeps Michelle company during long days in the studio and provides inspiration for new products, filling the void and the big shoes that Penny left behind.

Sophisticated Pup products can be found at:, on, on, at Andersonville Galleria in Chicago, and at many independent pet boutique and gift stores.