Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Ethical Accessories from Koko Collective | Review

Hello, and happy #woofwoofwednesday to you all!

I'm excited to share a little review with you this evening. Recently we were contacted by Koko Collective, an ethical pet accessory brand, who asked if we'd like to try out some of their collars and leads. Anyone who knows me in person will know that I absolutely love to support ethical operations, as well as small businesses in general, so of course I jumped at the chance.

First of all... look at that gorgeous packaging! I absolutely love it when brands use cute finishing touches, and pay attention to the little details. I think things like this really encourage people to revisit a company time and time again; it makes the whole process so enjoyable to know that even the packaging of a purchase is going to be pretty!

We were kindly sent two matching collar and lead sets; the mustard floral (the "Sunni" set) is Winnie's, and the purple and red ("Flora" set) is Archie's. Here is a little bit of information from Koko Collective's website:

"Koko collective is an ethical accessories brand for people and pets. We sell unique handmade dog collars, dog leashes, cat collars and scarves crafted out of recycled bicycle inner tubes and vintage saris... Koko Collective was founded by Clara Jackson and Harriet Riddell in 2016, they are artists, designers and long-time friends travelling to Kolkata, India to help develop designs with a charity called Calcutta Rescue. The charity has been running in the city for 34 years it has clinics and schools providing free healthcare, food and education for the poorest families in Kolkata. Alongside the schools and clinics Calcutta Rescue set up a vocational training centre for ex-patients and students that would otherwise find it difficult to get employment. We have been working closely with the team to create our ethical pet and people accessories which we hope will help the charity provide more jobs and a better quality of life for the Calcutta Rescue team."

As I said before, supporting ethical businesses is really important to me. I love the idea of having a collar made of recycled items, and it's wonderful that the people making these accessories receive a fair wage, free healthcare and schooling too! As the text above describes, the collars and leads are made from recycled bicycle inner tube and vintage sari fabric. The craftmanship is absolutely beautiful; the patterns are just stunning and I spent a long time drooling over all the difference choices! I liked the look of the inner tube much more than expected, and with time and wear the collars have really softened... it's a little bit like the way leather improves with age. My only wish for them is that they used more of the sari fabric on the collars, however the leads totally make up for this! They're comfortable to hold, and really showcase the absolutely beautiful vintage fabrics used. Of course, we had to test the new sets out in our favourite place... the woods!

Koko Collective is definitely a company I would continually purchase from; what better than being able to spoil your pets at an ethical business, totally guilt-free?! 

Do you like the look of these collar and lead sets? Let me know in the comments!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie


  1. I really love the yellow floral. The packaging looks gorgeous too xx

    Love From, Steph & The Spaniels

    1. Mustard looks gorgeous on Winnie, I bet it'd look lovely on Lily too xx

  2. Love the background story of these funky collar and lead sets. I am a big supporter of ethical brands in general so will keep these guys in mind when I'm next looking. Lovely as always to see cute pictures of your sweet little dogs xx

    1. Thank you! Yes they're a great brand to support xx