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Our Company

 Bija, an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "seed", is a fitting name for the little chocolate brown pit bull who is the inspiration behind Bija Collars. The term Bija is a metaphor for the origin, beginning, or root from which all arises.  We began learning, crafting, and refining the skill of making leather dog collars in 2009 not knowing exactly where it would take us. We have grown into small company composed of two dogs and one woman.  We live in Berkeley, CA near our University Ave workshop.

We create custom hand crafted collars, leashes, and belts with a primary focus on dog collars.  Our collars are bulit tough and are meant to be worn on a daily basis. We select the highest quality hardware that resists rust... stainless steel and solid brass.   We don't really use patterns and have developed the hand eye skill to do most of our work without them. This means each collar is made with the utmost concentration and a whole lot of our blood, sweat, and tears.  We enjoy our work and always keep in mind the beautiful doggie soul who will wear it.

Bija Product Testers

Lenny, Tchatch, Taz, Monkey, Gaius, and Bodie

You may choose one of our designs or a custom design.  We have a tendency toward non conformity and we love to think out of the box... let us know your ideas and we will work with you to create a totally unique collar for your one of a kind pooch!

Driven by our respect for animals and our committment to homeless, abused, exploited, and neglected dogs, we are active members of the local east bay dog community.  We love all dogs yet we are particularly devoted to bully breeds as they are the most abused, neglected, and misunderstood of dogs. We hope our business will help bully owners educate the community about the beauty, loyalty, love, and affection that is a pit bull.  We enjoy taking part in rescue events and fundraisers for all breeds.

Thanks for visiting our site!

-Bija, Bodie, and Apryl

The Bija Gang


Apryl Guisasola

Apryl is a Bija Collars Artist, Owner of Bija Collars, and Mom to Bija and Bodie.  While less is probably more and her style tends to be earthy and rustic, Apryl still believes that BIG, BOLD, and SHINEY can be a whole lot of FUN!  Check out some of her recent work... The Bentley Black and Tan, The Skate or Die, and La Bandida.

Favorite Materials/ Tools:

Natural Eco Leather, Saddle Tan Latigo Leather, Solid Brass Everything, Stainless Steel Buckles, Green Rhinestones with Brass Settings, Heavy Duty Solid Cast Brass D rings, Brass Hickory Hammers, Drift Wood, the Bija Collars 55lbs Anvil, her Cordless Power Drill, and most of all her lovely japanese wood chisel.