Designer auctions possum fur vest to help predator trapping efforts

Designer auctions possum fur vest to help predator trapping efforts

New Zealand fashion designers Chalkydigits will auction a one-of-a-kind possum fur vest to help Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula possum and other predator trapping efforts.

The auction, which will take place on 23 September, is for a custom-made vest made of ethically-recovered black Brush Tailed possum fur, a piece originally designed by Christchurch-based Chakydigits designer Liz Collins.

The vest incorporates the fur of around ten possums sourced from Canterbury, where the proceeds from the sale of the piece will be returned.

The possum skin vest solves an ethical dilemma for fashionistas concerned about wearing fur.  Chakydigits says that not only does the piece use fur from one of New Zealand’s worst pests, but the money raised will help restore some of the biodiversity that the possum populations have devastated.

Chalkydigits have partnered with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust (BPCT) who carry out pest control on the Banks Peninsula in conjunction with landowners.  Predators such as possums, ferrets and rats are one of the biggest threats to the regions unique biodiversity, in particular the birdlife that includes Tui, the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin, and threatened White-flippered penguins.

“It’s great to be able to work with a local conservation trust and make a difference in our own backyard, so to speak. It’d be great to wake up in Christchurch to the sound of Tui outside and think that this is something we’ve helped to achieve – we’ve just got to get rid of a few more possums,” says Teresa Scott, Chalkydigits sales and marketing manager.

The fur vest will be auctioned via Trade me with the winner of the auction receiving the exclusive vest.