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Edited by on July 27 2011 at 11:28 AM

Rebecca Bonbon isn’t your everyday pet bulldog. This adorable little pooch knows how to live, travel and shop in style. From her penthouse overlooking Central Park, Rebecca lives an ultra-luxurious life. Her personal chauffeur assures she shops at the finest boutiques on Fifth Avenue and in SoHo via the comfort of her limo. She never misses a show at Fashion Week and doesn’t travel without her private jet. But where did Rebecca come from? How does she live such a charmed life? I got a chance to ask Yuko Shimizu, creator of Rebecca Bonbon and the legendary Hello Kitty these questions and more. Check out our interview after the jump.

INTERVIEW: Yuko Shimizu, Creator of Rebecca Bonbon & Hello Kitty

You created Hello Kitty many years ago. What made you want to create another character, Rebecca Bonbon, and what was the inspiration behind her?
I saw a French magazine on dogs and found a very cute bulldog. She reminded me of my own cat -  they actually look a lot alike. That’s how I came up with the idea for Rebecca Bonbon. Hello Kitty is all grown up and has left my care. I wanted to create a new baby.

Rebecca Bonbon is from Paris but now lives in New York City. What made her want to move here?
An American girl, a New Yorker, went to France, found Rebecca and brought her back to New York. It’s such an exciting city where you can find the world’s best culture, fashion and entertainment, so it’s the perfect place for her.

Are Rebecca Bonbon and Hello Kitty friends?
As their creator, I think of these characters as children. Because of the age difference – Hello Kitty is 36 years old and Rebecca Bonbon only 5 – they are more like sisters than anything.

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Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.