The second installment of United Bamboo's beloved cat calendar went up for sale last week. And last night, we feted the cattastic calendar at Creatures of Comfort (205 Mulberry St.), where framed prints of the cats done up in RTW United Bamboo frocks are being auctioned off to benefit Animal Haven and Kitty Kind (as if you needed another excuse to go to Creatures of Comfort).
Beyond raising funds to help the kitties, the best part about last night's party was the chance to see the glorious calendar in full. On the flip side of every catetorial calendar page, there's a kitty bio (including their pet peeves) and super cute anecdotes about them. Like how Oscar, Mr. February, is blind and has cheated death twice and does NOT like it when you blow on his whiskers! And that Egon lived in Istanbul for a while. And that TJ loves seaweed nori. Of course he does.
But we're sure you want to know more. So we bring you, exclusively, the backstory behind the United Bamboo calender cats.
FEBRUARY Name: Oscar Age: 6-8 years old Tail Measurement: 12" Eye Color: Green Pet Peeve: Oscar does not like it when people blow air in his face, it messes up his pretty whiskers! Owner says: "I didn't know he was blind until after I adopted him! He has cheated death twice! OMG!" Wearing: Regatta Blazer with Striped Trim, White Shirt Dress
MARCH Name: Egon Age: 7 years old Tail Measurement: 12" Eye Color: Amber Pet Peeve: Egon doesn't like to be left out of dinner parties. Whenever guests come over for a meal, he will meow mournful until we pull up an extra chair for him. Owner says: "Egon lived with us abroad in Istanbul for a few months. We had a Turkish neighborhood, Ahmet, look after him for a weekend while we were traveling. Upon returning, Ahmet had many nice things to say about his time with Egan, all in broken English. It sounded like they had a great time. Ahmet concluded his story by saying, 'I love your cat. He is very, um, I don't know the word--sweet?' I suggested: 'Fluffy? Playful?' 'No, no. None of those,' Ahmet said. 'Oh, I remember the word. Ugly. Your cat is very ugly.' It's true. Egon is very ugly-cute." Wearing: Floral Summer Dress
APRIL Name: Ziggy Age: 1 1/2 years old Tail Measurement: 10" Eye Color: Blue Pet Peeve: Other animals. He thinks he's human. Owner says: "Ziggy loves toys! He was returned to the pet store and I got him by fate." Wearing: Floral Print Mini Dress with Sarong Sleeve Detail.
JULY Name: TJ a.k.a. Thomas Jefferson Age: 12 years old Tail measurement: 11" Eye Color: Yellow/Green/Black Pet Peeve: TJ doesn't like if there are no options. She often freaks out if she feels stuck in a room, so we need to make sure doors are always open for her. Owner says: "TJ's mom was a Brooklyn alley cat. My friends was watching her and one day she delivered many kittens, so I adopted the most fabulous looking kitty; TJ! She is an original United Bamboo mascot cat and loves seawood Nori!" Wearing: "Jungle" Pring Evening Dress with Bowtie Detail
AUGUST Name: Little Prego Spina Age: 1 year old Tail Measurement: 10-11" Eye Color: Yellow/Green/Black Pet Peeve: She won't let anyone touch her tail...ever. Owner says: "Little came from a farmhouse in New Jersey." Wearing: One Shoulder Top with Bowtie Detail
OCTOBER Name: Madison Age: 1 1/2 years old Tail Measurement: 8" Eye Color: Yellow Pet Peeve: Moths Owner says: "Adopted at ASPCA--love at first sight." Wearing: Velvet Evening Gown with Open Back Ribbon Detail