The Spring Accessory Every Fur Parent Needs

March 30, 2021

Accessories brand ai Toronto Seoul has partnered with beloved Canadian media gal Tanya Kim on a hands-free vegan leather bag and compatible dog leash ($175, available online from April 11th, 2021) every pooch mom or pop is going to want to rock this spring. We chatted with TK about the collab, and got the 411 on her very own rescue pup, Mabel. —Vita Daily

Hi Tanya! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start.

Hi, I’m Tanya but you can call me TK! I’m a proud Korean-Canadian, passionate dog mom, media personality/producer and storyteller. As a former co-anchor of CTV’s eTalk and host of Entertainment City on Breakfast Television, I welcomed over a decade of opportunities to go one-on-one with Hollywood’s biggest stars and report live from prestigious events and red carpets including the Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Grammy Awards and more. I also consider myself to be a health and wellness warrior, who loves to inspire and encourage good physical and mental health through movement and mindfulness. Last but definitely not least, I’m a proud mom to my two emotional support dogs, Mabel and Frankie, and a passionate animal advocate sharing my love and support as an Ambassador for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Your collab with ai has yielded The Mabel: a limited-edition hands-free vegan leather bag and compatible dog leash. How did this partnership come about, and why was it a good fit for you?

I’ve really been leaning in to living a much more plant-forward lifestyle, so I was over the moon when I first discovered ai while looking online for a little retail therapy. I immediately became obsessed with their gorgeous handbags the minute I learned they use only PETA-approved vegan leather; I still marvel at the luxe quality of their vegan leather and the craftsmanship of their bags. Stunning! Bags and accessories aside, I love the fact that a family of Korean-Canadian women (Hannah, Joanna and Rebekah have become the sisters I never had!) is leading this sustainably luxurious brand. The minute we met I knew we were kindred spirits; likeminded women who share similar core values.

With National Pet Day coming up on April 11th, please tell us about your rescue dog! What was the rescue process like, and what are some of the challenges and rewards that came with it? Top tips around and/or why would you recommend rescuing a pet?!

We didn’t rescue Mabel in a conventional way like from a registered rescue or animal shelter; we “rescued” Mabel from someone whose personal situation had become unmanageable. But, let’s be real, Mabel (and every fur baby) is no doubt the one who did the rescuing. If you’re looking to add a furry member to your family remember that they will be just that: another member of the family. There are so many (too many) animals in need of a second chance at living their best lives, the best lives they deserve for giving you all the unconditional love in return. Do your research. Be mindful in your decision-making. Be prepared.

More on the product itself: what makes it unique, and why is this a must-have for fur mamas?

Not just for fur mamas, The Mabel is unique and a must-have for all fur pawrents. I designed it to be inclusive! It’s not only super luxe and stylish but also highly functional for both human and fur baby. As a dog mom of two, I found myself almost always having my hands full during our walks. Forget about answering a business call! I thought, there’s got to be a better way to be productive (if need be) and functional during these outings while still looking super fresh! The Mabel bag comes with not one but two convertible straps offering the human two different ways to wear it solo, and is sustainable luxury at its best: the interior lining of the bag is made with 100 per cent recycled plastic water bottles. I designed The Mabel’s vegan leather, hands-free, perfectly compatible dog leash with a built-in traffic lead for more control as well as a double-eye swivel to prevent twisting for the utmost comfort for both human and doggo. It’s also waterproof, stink-proof, easy to clean and very durable (with a breaking strength of 1,000 pounds)!

Why is working alongside female-founded BIPOC-owned businesses like ai Toronto Seoul important to you?

As we’ve all witnessed over the course of the past year, the global pandemic has and continues to wreak havoc on small businesses across our city, our country and the world. Coupled with the terrifying and heartbreaking events of rampant racism and violence perpetrated especially against Asian women and Asian elders in recent weeks, it’s never been more important to support BIPOC-owned, female-led businesses. As a proud Korean-Canadian woman, I implore our community to rise up, stand up, SPEAK OUT! Be true active allies for BIPOC here in Canada and around the world.

How do you plan to celebrate Miss Mabel on National Pet Day?!

In my home, we celebrate Mabel AND Frankie EVERY. DAMN. DAY! Woo hoo!

Win! A $175 ai x TK Mabel Vegan Leather Bag & Compatible Dog Leash!

Congrats Malania D. of Vancouver, B.C., who will receive a $175 ai x TK Mabel vegan leather bag and compatible dog leash! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Lesley

    March 31st, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Mini bernedoodle

  2. Zoe

    March 31st, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Formosan mountain dog😍


  3. Tanya Hupka

    March 31st, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Black lab @tiatigerlily

  4. Anna

    March 31st, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I have an amazing labradoodle, named Apollo♥️🥰♥️

  5. Rachel C.

    March 31st, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    we’ve got a frenchie pup!

    @seafoodmwg on ig

  6. Amber olak

    March 31st, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    I have a golden doodle

  7. Enez

    March 31st, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    I have a 3 year old pug named, Soleil!

    The two of us LOOOVE taking long walks, and explore the city together. So this would be perfect 🥰


  8. Sandra J Lebeau

    March 31st, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    I have had rescues all my life and won’t have anything else. I currently have a mastiff / boxer mix he was puppy rescued from a barn fire. he will 5 in July. Ontario

  9. Jennifer Bradley

    March 31st, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    We have a Golden Retriever Puppy.

  10. MaryM

    March 31st, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Chocolate Lab named Cedar @maryandcedar

  11. Jennifer C.

    March 31st, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    I have a Jack Rat Terrier!
    Instagram: @photogirlj

  12. Marie Bates

    March 31st, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    I have a beautiful little Coton named Daisy. She is the sweetest soul.

  13. Bonnie

    March 31st, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    toy poodle


  14. Wendy Germaine

    March 31st, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    My Grand dog He is a doodle The best loving, friendly dog I have met

  15. Wendy Germaine

    March 31st, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Grand dog He is a doodle The best loving, friendly dog I have met Black with a white spot under his mouth and on his chest

  16. Danica

    March 31st, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Our dogs name is rocco (chiwawa)
    My four kiddos love him so much and my ten month baby girl just started playing with him!


  17. Daniella

    March 31st, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    American Staffi x Mastiff

  18. Emma Nicole

    March 31st, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I have a 3 year Husky Mix! He was found all alone in Winnipeg at 5 weeks old💔. We had him DNA tested and he has lots of breeds in him such as Alaskan Malamute and German Shepard!🐶💗

  19. Tammy Harrison

    April 1st, 2021 at 4:33 am

    Great giveaway. My dog is a mixed breed, husky and australian cattle dog. @tdharrison1

  20. Kathy

    April 1st, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Oliver is a Havanese 🐶❤️

  21. Janet M

    April 1st, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I have a Havanese pup. @asherares

  22. Nicole

    April 2nd, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Lola is an American Bulldog

    @9nickyc 🐶

  23. Tiffany

    April 2nd, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Husky @tiffanyvvii

  24. J. Tam

    April 3rd, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    I have a little, bundle of fluff that looks like a walking cloud ☁️


  25. Yuri Chung

    April 3rd, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Toy poodle! @whyyyuri

  26. Sophia

    April 4th, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t have a pup myself, but the dog leash would make a great gift for my friends and their adorable golden retriever!

  27. ANNA NGO

    April 5th, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I don’t have any at the moment, but would love to give to my friend.

  28. Nina

    April 5th, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Sammy is the cutest Shih tzu + chihuahua mix ❤️

    Ig @djpepsidaisy

  29. Melanie Camirand

    April 6th, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Bernies and my IG is @melanieclandry

  30. Sandra Rankine

    April 6th, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Casa is our pug havanese

  31. Paola Ebenal

    April 7th, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Sammy my baby mini shih tzu he’s the sweetest and cutest puppy love him!

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