A zoo in Japan has started a fashion maul by turning its lion, tiger and bear enclosures into denim sweatshops.
A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look. The facility northeast of Tokyo has unveiled "Zoo Jeans", styled by the fangs and claws of lions, tigers and bears.
Zoo officials say the material held up well, all things considered.
“We wrapped several pieces of denim around tyres and other toys. Once they were thrown into the enclosures, the animals jumped on them,” says zoo director Nobutaka Namae, adding that the pieces were later patched together to create the finished product. “The denim was actually much tougher than we had thought, and it turned out nicely destroyed.”