KOBJA`s line of luxury belts, bags and purses is made with poisonous cane toads, an invasive species now overrunning the South Sea Islands of Australia.
The Paris-based Polish designer says:
“This highly poisonous toad is in the process of destroying several local species. Animal defence associations have recommended its selective elimination. In this way, each toad skin is recycled, not destroyed.”
Introduced into Australia from Hawaii during 1935 to help with agricultural pests, the cane toad (Rhinella marina) is a prolific breeder, and now numbers in the hundreds of millions. Their impact on local ecosystems and biodiversity is so severe that the Australian army was called in to control their populations.
Monika Jarosz, who first got the idea for her designs when a friend gave her a stuffed frog from New Zealand, this undesirable excess of poisonous frogs invading Australia was an unexpected opportunity, as she was having trouble finding a supplier for toad skins.
photo: Ryota Atsumi
The skins are now prepared in Carins, Australia, before being sent off to France to be tanned, dried and dyed in a meticulous, 14-step process. Jarosz also adds lavish touches like inserting Swarovski crystals, in addition to bright colours and careful detailing.
In MONACO you can buy them here!
KOBJA`s cane toad inspired fashion accessories range in price from 220 euros for a small purse up to 1200 euros for a handbag. They can be found in luxury stores in the most fashion conscious cities, including Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin and Paris. Go and take a look at the Kobja Collection of Toads in Monaco! They are waiting for you in store at Pierre (+377 99 99 61 89), 41 rue grimaldi 98000 MONACO.