Animal print has never and, arguably, will never go out of fashion simply because it reminds us of a time when, as hunter-gatherers, we would envelop and adorn ourselves in the warmth and wonder of genuine exotic skins.
Fashion has embraced this deep-seated connection with animal print and clothes and accessories remain crafted from these beautiful skins into such art pieces as ostrich handbags, crocodile belts and snakeskin purses to this day.
Animal print as a status symbol
Animal print has also long been regarded as a status symbol and, in traditional societies, as one ascended in social standing, more and more expensive exotic pelts and furs were added to their haute couture.
Even today, an African man with royal blood will have leopard skin somewhere on his person, be it a trendy hat or the more traditional loincloth.
Perhaps because of its strong link to Zulu kings, leopard print in particular is back in the limelight with everyone from Katie Holmes to Catherine Deneuve cladding themselves from head to toe in faux leopard.
Internationally acclaimed designers like Betsey Johnson, Roberto Cavalli and Prada have been the biggest supporters of animal print and have consistently included it in their collections over the years.
It is also the remarkable synergy of the patterns on genuine zebra skins, for instance, that make animal print so enduringly popular and glamorous. And these pelts aren’t only used in their traditional appearance.
More and trendier stores are catering for the alternative in society, offering animal print clothes and accessories that have been dyed bright pinks, greens, blues and oranges, adding versatility to an already exciting combination of patterns and colors.
Even couches, ottomans and other furniture look particularly impressive in animal print and, if history is anything to go by, animal print will join the irrepressible in our society and never, ever go out of fashion.
The Safari Club specializes in exotic skin goods, ranging from fur, crocodile & ostrich handbags, wallets and belts to zebra skins, leather luggage and home accessories like Ottomans, antique chairs, sofas and frames.