HISTORY AND ETHICS

KOBJA is a unique collection of fashion accessories for men and women, created and developed by Monika Jarosz. As a small child, her grandmother told her fairytales, which increased her fascination with animals and insects day by day… Her subsequent experience in fashion modelling and advertising, and her forays into the world of films would help her both to fund her studies and to open her eyes to design, with its lines, volumes and materials… The desire to create was born and her talent began to establish itself. She very quickly understood that it was possible to work with the products of nature, the trigger which led her to develop her first leather accessory: a purse made from toadskin, available in several models and sizes.

It took many months of research, fine-tuning and testing to “give birth” to her first collection of KOBJA accessories. Monika only works with complete toad skins*, which, once recovered, are tanned and transformed by taxidermists, using a unique, detailed process. It takes more than 14 stages to obtain a high quality leather! The colours of the leather are produced at the tawery in Millau, while the assembly and fine stitching work are done at KOBJA’s Parisian workshop, a process which makes each piece totally unique.

* Non-protected species, which was introduced into Oceania from South America. This highly poisonous toad is in the process of destroying several local species, and since these problems began to occur, animal defence associations have recommended its selective elimination. In this way, each toad skin is recycled, not destroyed.

Photo © Janusz Kawa