The Valgray community is growing fast, so it is only fitting that we introduce ourselves to all the new faces around here.
Get to know the family that founded it all, and find out why a little piece of our heart and soul goes into each and every Valgray premium pet accessory.
We will bare our souls about where it all began and spill the tea on where the Valgray brand is going. So, without further ado, let us jump right in!
We are a husband and wife team that have been together for over a decade. We both have experience in the design and creative industry. Together, our skills range from architectural and jewellery design to advertising, branding, and creative design.
We have always made an excellent team but never thought we would venture outside of our respective fields.
Both of us grew up with various breeds of doggos as pets and many animals, so our passion for animals has really been with us all our lives.
The hardest part of our journey was leaving a professional career as an architect to focus full time on Valgray as a startup. It is also one of the most rewarding decisions we have made, and we would not change it for the world.
Merging our passion for dogs and design expertise made perfect sense! We are immensely proud of our local premium designed brand and our luxury products, and we do not doubt for a second that we are exactly where we need to be.
Our fur baby, Juno, is a true madam who thinks she is a human. Juno shares the couch with mom and dad and watches TV. She is always included in activities, like walks on the beach and going for a bite to eat at our favourite local restaurants; because Juno is a family member!
As a Chinese Shar-Pei, Juno has the cutest little face, an abundance of wrinkles and a little curly piglet tail. She loves running; in fact, Juno has to run everywhere she goes and has only one setting - full speed ahead!
From the beginning, we knew Juno was special - and we wanted to give her something striking and different from the usual collar and leash options available in South Africa.
We did a lot of research and could not find anything that really suited our lifestyle. We thought, why not start our own luxury range?
We ended up incorporating our passion for Juno and all doggos with our years of design, advertising and marketing to create what you now know as Valgray™.
Collar straps and leashes made of PVC-coated nylon are tear-resistant due to the woven nylon web-like core of the material. Nylon coated in PVC has a smooth finish, is latex-free, and is 100% fur-friendly. Plus, it does not irritate skin or cause hair loss. Basically, a perfect solution for fur kids with sensitive skin and allergies!
PVC-coated nylon is odour-resistant, really easy to clean, 100% cruelty-free and available in a range of beautiful colours making colour combinations and design options truly endless. But the thing that really sets Valgray apart is that we give you more than just expertly designed premium pet accessories. Valgray is more than just collars and leashes - it is a lifestyle, a luxurious one at that!
We offer our customers a way to spend time with their four-legged family members in a fun, fashionable, and most importantly, practical way. We make effortlessly stylish pieces so that your pup can truly live their best life and look fabulous while doing so.
To help our furry friends in need, we really love getting involved in various charities, and we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished so far.
Most recently, Valgray collaborated with Documinute to sponsor a documentary to raise awareness about Woodrock Animal Rescue Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. We donated cash and sponsored R20,000 towards making the documentary.
To assist Woodrock Animal Rescue even more we filmed 26 adorable pups that need homes and featured them on our Facebook and Instagram. Our mission was to create awareness about Woodrock Animal Rescue Centre and encourage adoption. Those pooches deserve a loving, forever home...and a luxury Valgray collar (free of charge, obvs!). So, we pledged to gift personalised collars and name tags to each pooch adopted from Woodrock Animal Rescue Centre during the festive period.
Currently, we are growing our colour range to offer as many unique colour combinations in as many collar sizes as possible. We already have our range of colours planned and our offering will grow as we do. We are excited to see how you and your doggies will respond to our new gorgeous colour selections.
In the next 5 years, we envision Valgray with a much bigger global community as we focus on growing the Valgray™ lifestyle brand both locally and abroad.
For now, our premium products are available directly from our online store, Takealot, Pet Heaven and Pets Planet SA.
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know us a little better. We are super excited to continue our journey with the pet community. The love we pet parents have for our doggos is incredible - and Valgray is honoured to help you spoil the royal paws in your life!
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It is great to put faces to the brand and learn more about your story and journey. Coco our beagle loves her collar and looking forward to seeing the range expand
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We try our best to cater to every breed, but some doggos might need a little extra at-home customisation to achieve the perfect fit. Our PVC-coated nylon straps are soft, making adjustments at home very easy. Use a standard leather punching tool to add additional holes, or use a utility knife to trim the length of your collar.
Interested in learning about the paws and humans behind Valgray? Learn about our journey and how we give back on Valgray, This Is How Our Story Started!
June 30, 2021
Love love love the story of your family and journey. Being a fur mama myself to a mini maltese
Cooper Lyon, and a designer as well, I absolutely share these sentiments and makes my heart really happy when I see passion unfold into reality like this. Cant wait to see new and exciting things for Valgray.