Fashion designer recycles poisonous animal skins to create one-of-a-kind accessories.
In an effort to do away with invasive species that have been impacting Australia’s ecosystems, KOBJA, a brand that offers unique fashion accessories for men and women, introduced a collection of luxury belts, bags, and purses made out of the skins of poisonous cane toads.
If the problem is foreign to you, the population of cane toads exploded in the early 20th century and has since then disrupted the balance of local biodiversity in Australia. The situation is so severe that the government even looked to the army for help. Some might think this is a great way to “recycle” cane toads, but others have questioned the ethics of it all.
Inspired by the childhood fairytales her grandmother shared with her, Monika Jarosz, the creative talent behind the KOBJA line, has been experimenting with toad skin at an early age. Creating these high quality leather pieces takes a considerable amount of time and energy – there are more than 14 stages before the final product is produced. The skins are prepared in Australia then shipped off to France for color treatment and stitching.
Currently, the collection is being sold all across the world, and has garnered enough public fascination for the company to charge a hefty price. Depending on the size of the accessory, the price ranges from $275 to $1,600 USD.
Source, images: TreeHugger