Monika Jarosz, who runs fashion house Kobja, has created a line of bags, purses and accessories incorporating toad hides. The Polish designer channelled her love for fairy tales to create the line, which caters for both men and women.
According to her website, the line took months of research to create. Jarosz only works with complete toad skins, which are tanned by taxidermists. The entire process has a whopping 14 stages and the skins are then stitched and turned into trendy items at Jarosz’s workshop in Paris.
Cane toads are literally decimating other wildlife in Australia.
According to National Geographic, the South American amphibians were introduced to the area in 1935 in an attempt to control the destructive cane beetle population. The plan backfired and now the toads are becoming a national nuisance to animals and humans alike. The toads are currently being selectively eliminated in certain areas.
So while animal rights groups may cringe at the sight of the trend-setting toads adorning brightly coloured bags and belts, they should be pleased that a use has been found for them – albeit posthumously.