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Inspired by and having a longing for fashionable dog toys, prolific Portland-based designer Angela Medlin created ‘House Dogge,’ a non-toxic and fashionable dog accessory company. Some of the featured products include comfort leather leashes and tug toys. (Left photo courtesy Schoolhouse Electric Co.)

Inspired by and having a longing for fashionable dog toys, prolific Portland-based designer Angela Medlin created ‘House Dogge,’ a non-toxic and fashionable dog accessory company. Some of the featured products include comfort leather leashes and tug toys. (Left photo courtesy Schoolhouse Electric Co.)

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Designer Turns Skills into Business

Driven by passion and finding a niche

Angela Medlin, a seasoned African-American female designer with more than 25 years experience working for big-name companies like Nike, Adidas, Levi Strauss, Eddie Bauer and The North Face, has transformed her skill set to support a passion for entrepreneurship by launching two companies—one to feature indoor dog accessories from the home market and another to teach young designers of color how to break into the design industry.