Animal Icon: Leather Rhino

Not so long ago, a customer came into Spitfire Girl on Hillhurst and was gushing over some of the Jonathan Adler items. We got to talking and he ended up telling me about Adler’s leather animal designs that he did in the same style as the famous Edie Sedgwick picture (below).

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Edie's ultra-famous arabesque on a rhino!

After snooping around on the world wide web, I found the original– In the 60′s, British leather-goods company, Omersa & Co. made some super-fun and chic leather animals, which could be used as footstools or room decoration. They became famous by being pictured with icons like Sharon Tate and Edie Sedgwick.

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sharon tate on the Omersa rhino

Omersa & Company leather animals were sold in stores like Abercrombie and Fitch in NYC back in the day. Here are some pics of old and new/Adler and Omersa leather animals:

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Jonathan Adler's take on Omersa&Co's Design

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Omersa English Country Horse

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Adler's Elephant

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Camel from Omersa & Co's Middle East Collection

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Omersa even makes a seal!

I think these animals are amazing and rad! I’m so glad the Jonathan Adler is re-doing them! Click here for Adler’s animals.

Though these leather animals are fantastic, they are also a little pricey. So if you’re looking for the same mod-animal vibe in home-ware be sure to come in and check out the store and some of the Jonathan Adler and IMM Living items we carry!

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It's a Spitfire Store Menagerie!