Our collars come in a wide variety of patterns and are offered in three sizes ranging from Small to Large. Each collar is handmade in Cape Town with light weight polyester webbing and applied 100% cotton shweshwe fabric, a black side release buckle, high endurance thread and a metal D-ring.
Our leads are available in a wide variety of patterns and also come in three sizes to match the size of your collar. Each lead is handmade in Cape Town with light weight polyester webbing and applied 100% cotton shweshwe fabric, high endurance thread, a metal D-ring to easily clip the lead around your chest when walking your dog off lead, and a metal snap hook.
Illustrated by 9-year-old Zosia Ann Covarr and written by Mélanie Hrabar, Lila – the sassy little dog who wants to fly is a story about dreaming big and staying true to who you are. A percentage of the profits are donated to selected animal welfare organisations in South Africa. The book is printed on 100% recycled paper by a Carbon Neutral Printer in Cape Town.
Visit our online shop and chose your fur-friend’s new collar. Our leads will be available in the online shop shortly. We take both local and international orders. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to selected animal welfare organisations.
Kumpel translates to friend or mate. At Kumpel™ we celebrate the uniqueness of our four-legged companions with carefully handcrafted pet accessories. We are a conscious business seeking to bring benefit to pets, human beings, and the environment by crafting functional, high-quality products, providing attractive job opportunities in underprivileged communities, sourcing materials locally whenever possible, being environmentally conscious in everything we do, and supporting animal welfare organisations.
We believe that business is about so much more than making a profit. We want to be part of the positive changes we would like to see in the world and conduct business in a responsible, mindful and intentional manner where no one loses out. We create high quality products that not only bring joy to our customers and their four-legged companions, but also uplift communities and are kind to the environment.
Mélanie Hrabar, Director & Founder
All our products and product display units are made by people living in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Staff are paid decent living wages to break the cycle of poverty.
We are passionate supporters of animal welfare organisations. With every purchase you make, we will donate a product from our charity range to a selected NPO.
All our pet models are rescue dogs.
Dogs featuring in our gallery are all rescues from local Cape Town shelters looking for a home.
Most of our materials such as webbing, fabrics and threads are manufactured locally.
Packaging is kept to a minimum & is plastic free.
To minimize material wastage, we donate flawed products that do not meet aesthetic quality standards but are functional and safe to use to animal welfare organisations.
Become a retailer
You own a shop (bricks & mortar or online) and would like to join the Kumpel™ family as a retailer? Please fill out the contact form below and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Behind the scenes
A lot of hard work and passion goes into all our handmade products. Community upliftment is one of the cornerstones of our business.
Can I be your Kumpel?
The stunning Kumpel™ models featuring in our gallery are all waiting at local Cape Town shelters to become your best buddy. Send us an email and we will put you in touch with the organisation that is currently looking after your future Kumpel (meaning friend, companion or mate).
Each of the dogs featured in our gallery will receive a brand new Kumpel collar once they are adopted.
We are looking forward to hearing from you! For any enquiries, use the contact form to get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as possible.