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Today's pick comes from Racked National editor Leslie Price.

Raw denim and leather dog leash, $55 at Unwashed Denim.

Even though people are spending more than ever on their pets, the accessorizing options for dogs remain oddly dismal. #Firstworldproblems, I know. For leashes, owners can go the pink, crystal-encrusted Legally Blond route, or pick up some made-in-China garbage at Petco. The few brands making more thoughtfully-designed, local products all seem to skew heavy-duty and clunky. Two days ago, though, I came across an intriguing new leash option.

Unwashed Denim is a tiny NYC brand that specializes in products made from Japanese raw denim. They just began producing a leash from the fabric that's bound by natural vegetable-tanned sheep leather and hand-set copper rivets; the brass clasp is made in Ohio. It's cool, it's tough, it's totally unique—no other dogs at the dog run will have this leash—and although it's a splurge, at $55 it's not out-of-this-world expensive.

The leash is sized for small or medium dogs, but Unwashed Denim will custom-craft larger sizes. It would make a particularly cool gift for the denim nerd dog owner in your life (too specific?). Order yours here.
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