For sale – Zoo jeans from Japan that have been ripped by claws and teeth of lions

File this under, totally unnecessary embellishment. A Japanese store called Loft is inviting denim lovers to splurge hundreds of dollars on a pair of jeans that has been ripped or distressed by zoo animals including lions, tigers and bears. Yes, you read that right. Hundreds of dollars for jeans distressed by zoo animals. Take a minute to pour yourself a drink.

Denim fabric is wrapped around tires which are then given to animals at the Kamine zoo in Hitachi, Japan to play with. The animals scratch and shred the fabric to their hearts content and it is later used to create jeans. Before you know it, you have one-of-a-kind “Zoo Jeans” which the brand says are “designed by dangerous animals.” Only 10 such pieces have been created and they will be sold via online auction starting August 1 for 98,000 yen (US$957.55) each, plus tax. The nice part is that proceeds from the sale will benefit the Yagiyama Zoological Park and will be used for their animal environment preservation activities. Well, at least the animals something out of it. Incidentally this is second time the zoo’s inhabitants have turned into amateur designers.

There’s really nothing cool about wearing pants that were once a lion’s chew toy. This fabric has been all over an animal enclosure and probably had to be washed pretty intensely to get all the Eau de Lion off it. If you liked ripped jeans, by all means, buy them, wear them and distress them as much as you please. But please let’s not turn animal distressed jeans into a style statement. If you want to donate money to the zoo, just do it on your own! You don’t need jeans torn by animals to make a point!
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If you really want to blow up money on something, might I suggest a totally useless but completely fascinating dinosaur skeleton?
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