Jeans Designed by Lions, Tigers & Bears

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.”



Then humans cut the fabric and sew the jeans, but every rip and tear is “created with pure animal instinct.”  A video of the process shows just how excited the animals are to participate in this fundraising effort for the Zoo. When the new denim-covered toys are placed in their enclosures they run over to the objects with obvious enthusiasm. Zoo Director, Nobutaka Namae, said he was surprised about how well the denim held together: ”The denim was actually much tougher than we had thought, and it turned out nicely destroyed.”

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.

Zoo Jeans In The Making

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Carrie Anderson
Carrie A.22 days ago

What a great idea!! Not that long ago I saw journals made from recycled poop of herbivorous zoo animals.

J.J. van Dongen
J.J. van Dongen2 months ago

whahahahaha! What an idea. I don't want one, but there will be people who do, I think.

Christine Jones
Christine Jones7 months ago

The whole ripped denim fad is such a laughable fashion rip-off. Can't believe anyone had the chutzpah to sell people damaged clothes for a fortune.

But, it's great that they are being used to help animals. These lions, tigers and bears obviously enjoyed their new playthings. Kudos to those who came up with this idea; it's real lateral thinking.

Jeff Floss
Jeff Floss8 months ago

Thanks for sharing!

Sue R.
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John B.
John B.about a year ago

Good grief, what will they think of next. Thanks Cherise.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watolaabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing!

matt gowty
matt gowtyabout a year ago

I really quite like this idea. Seems like an overall win-win.