Distressed jeans have been in fashion for years, but now you can actually cover your tush in a pair playfully torn apart by lions, tigers or bears. A volunteer group called the Mineko Club came up with the creative idea of ”Zoo Jeans“ as way to generate much-needed funds for the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Japan.
The Zoo Jeans are touted as ”the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals.” To enlist the help of the big toothed and clawed animals, volunteers wrap the animals’ favorite toys, like rubber balls and tires, with sheets of denim. Then, according to the Zoo Jeans website “we return them to the animals and let nature run its course. The animals roar, gnaw and claw at their toys, and when they’re done we gather up what’s left of the damaged denim.”
Rather than sell the Zoo Jeans at one price, the Mineko Club auctions off the jeans one by one via Japan’s Yahoo Auction site. One pair of tiger-distressed jeans, dubbed the “T1,” reached a bid of 121,000 yen, or about $1,200, earlier this week, according to Yahoo News.
The first three pair of jeans will be on display at the Kamine Zoo until July 21st. All profits generated by Zoo Jeans will be donated to the Kamime Zoo and the World Wildlife Fund.
A photo gallery of the jeans can be found here.
Next page: Watch the Making of Zoo Jeans
All of the photos above are compliments of the Mineko Club and the Kamime Zoo.