Title: Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Company: Louie de Coton
Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
Fay Andersson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Louie de Coton, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business and dog fashion.
As the founder and chief executive officer of Louie de Coton, a handcrafted dog fashion and accessory company, since 2013, Ms. Andersson is an accomplished entrepreneur and business administrator. Louie de Coton offers dog apparel, including sun shirts, pajamas, robes, fleece jackets, and raincoats, alongside accessories including carriers, liners, and blankets. Each piece is handmade individually in Seattle, Washington.
In preparation for her career pursuits, Ms. Andersson attended Kapi’olani Community College, earning an Associate of Arts in liberal arts and sciences in 1991. She continued her education at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting in 1993, and later earned a Master of Business Administration in information systems and information technology from the City University of Seattle in 2003. Ms. Andersson immigrated to the United States in 1986.
Ms. Andersson considers building Louie de Coton, a company that offers sustainable and practical designs for dogs and dog owners, her most significant career achievement. She oversees all aspects of the business, from designing brochures to hiring. She ensures that every piece sold benefits the health and wellness of the dogs who will wear them, and additionally writes blogs about caring for dogs. For Ms. Andersson’s excellence, the company earned an award for Best Sustainable Dog Fashion Line Brand. She maintains membership in the Bellevue Rotary Club and Seattle Made.
In addition to her primary professional pursuits, Ms. Andersson is involved with dog rescue groups and has donated many pieces of dog clothing. In addition, she donated more than 5,000 masks to hospitals, fire and police departments, post offices, grocery stores, and more. Ms. Andersson attributes her success to her education and the advice she has received throughout her career. She began her business because her dog, Louis, was tiny at first and used to shiver in the rain. She visited a pet shop to buy clothes for him, but all sizes were too big for him, so she hired a seamstress and made custom clothes for Louis.
Ms. Andersson considers making a difference in the lives of pets and pet owners by offering well-fitting clothing as the highlight of her career. After starting to work as a consultant, she broke her ribs in a 2011 car accident, which rendered her unable to continue her fast-paced line of work. This led her to purchase a Maltese named Louis, who became her therapy service dog. In the coming years, Ms. Andersson hopes to grow her brand further, offering more products and fabric choices. She specifically aims to develop products that soothe anxiety in dogs.
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