Wife Leaves Artist With Nothing But The Dog, So They Create Wildly Popular Art And Sign A Fashion Label Deal

When Rafael Mantesso’s wife left him on his 30th birthday, she took everything except the dog. Jimmy Choo, their adorable bull terrier, was named after her favorite shoe designer.

With blank white walls all around him and only the bull terrier for company, Rafael soon filled in the blanks and created a new world for himself, using only a pen and his faithful dog.

“I created a series of fun, tongue-in-cheek illustrations, portraying my bull terrier dreaming of shoes, relaxing on a sofa with a martini by his side or turning canine DJ on the decks,” Rafael said.

“Set against a matte white background, the illustrations are humorous and eye-catching.”

“Many people ask me why I shoot my dog. And the answer is quite simple: he loves to be center of my attention, it’s our moment together, when we have fun,” Rafael writes.

True enough, Jimmy hams it up for the camera quite as skillfully as most fashion icons, making him an instant Instagram superstar.

He’s become so popular, in fact, that he’s been honoured with his own capsule collection with the Jimmy Choo brand.

é com muito orgulho que lhes apresento a nova coleção do Jimmy com a @jimmychoo. para conhecer a história por trás dela, ver o Jimmy no comercial e comprá-la, acesse o link no meu perfil. obrigado @sandrachoiofficial por dar aos bull terriers a visibilidade que eles merecem, você é inspiradora. obrigado @jimmychoo por tornar real esse sonho, é do caralho trabalhar com vocês. vocês são magicos. #ChooHound . . i am very proud to present to you the new collection of Jimmy with @jimmychoo . to know the story, see jimmy in the commercial and buy it, go to the link on my profile. thank you @sandrachoiofficial for giving the bull terriers the visibility they deserve, you are inspiring. thank you @jimmychoo for making this dream real, its fucking amazing work with you. you are magical! #ChooHound

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more fashionable dog elsewhere.

oi Jimmy Choo's meu nome é Jimmy Choo. Prazer em conhecê-los. . hi Jimmy Choo's, my name is Jimmy Choo. Nice to meet you.

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A book entitled A Dog Named Jimmy, featuring over 100 exclusive Jimmy photos, is also set for release later this year.

muitas pessoas me perguntam porque eu fotografo meu cachorro. a resposta é simples: ele adora ser o centro da minha atenção, é o nosso momento de diversão. compartilhar isso com vocês é a maneira que eu encontrei de retribuir todo o amor que ele me dá. e agora mais um sonho se realiza e a gente lança em outubro um livro com 100 fotos inéditas. O livro será lançado em vários países, inclusive no Brasil pela @intrinseca . A pré-venda já esta disponível no link no meu perfil. Te amo Jimmy! #adognamedjimmy . Many people ask me why I shoot my dog. And the answer is quite simple: he loves to be center of my attention, it's our moment together, when we have fun. Share this with all of you was the way that I found to give back all his love. And now one more dream is coming true. Next October we are going to launch a book with a 100 exclusives photos. The book will be released in several countries including Brazil by @intrinseca . The pre-order is avaiable on the link on my profile. Luv u Jimmy! #adognamedjimmy

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But that’s not all — Rafael seems to have found love again.

Indeed, with Jimmy making waves in the fashion world and Rafael finding love anew, things are surely looking up for this duo…

… proving that there is, indeed, life after love.

photo by my friend @anaslika

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Follow Rafael on Instagram for more Jimmy. You can also pre-order A Dog Named Jimmy here.