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Leather Kangaroo Magazine Stand by Dimitri Omersa for Abercrombie & Fitch, 1960s

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Here for a very nice and extremely decorative leather magazine holder Kangaroo designed by Dimitri Omersa, England, 1960. The Kangaroo is one of the rarer and nicest animals produced by Dimitri Omersa for Liberty’s. This kangaroo was made of top quality full grain cowhide leather, leather from the UK that is tanned especially for the use of these animals. The kangaroo has a metal construction inside and is filled with hay. These famous animals are highly wanted and especially this big version of the kangaroo is very nice! The kangaroo is in very nice original condition with cool patined leather. Dimitri Omersa and his wife Inge came to England in 1955 and settled at Lavender Croft, a sanctuary for refugees in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Dimitri Omersa, a Yugoslav by birth, had been a naval officer and a political prisoner having been imprisoned by Tito for 10 years after the second world war. Dimitri Omersa found work in the leather trade and whilst representing a small leather company in Hitchin met ‘Old Bill’ at Liberty’s. ‘Old Bill’ was due to retire and a deal was struck for Dimitri Omersa to take over the business and continue the supply of pigs to Liberty’s. The business was located to Hitchin in 1958 and before long Dimitri Omersa had ideas for other animals! His first new piece was the leather elephant, followed by the leather donkey and leather rhinoceros. Initially, Liberty’s were sceptical of the rhino but it became a “best seller” and subsequently formed the Omersa logo. The animals were sold exclusively through Liberty’s up until the mid-1970’s. Animals made during this period have the words “LIBERTY OF LONDON” embossed on the underside of an ear. Dimitri Omersa wanted to expand the business and so took the animals to North America. In 1963 he entered the new donkey in the Californian State Fair and won a Gold medal. The animals were stocked by Abercrombie and Fitch, purveyor to the fantasies of the rich and famous, during the 1960’s – 80’s and have developed a significant following in the USA which we continue to enjoy. Today Omersa offers a range of 37 animals each available in a variety of sizes. The method of manufacture remains true to the original with one exception. Pigskin is no longer used (since late 1970s); all the animals are made from top grain cowhide leather sourced within the UK. Our workshop is now located in Coningsby, however Lincolnshire. As the product is hand made, quantity continues to be limited and supply is restricted to appropriate prestigious outlets across the world. The USA does, however, continue to be our dominant market.

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  • Condition Details
    Good vintage condition.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.68 in. x W 17.72 in. x D 30.32 in.H 83 cm x W 45 cm x D 77 cm
  • Seller Location
    L'Escala, ES
  • Reference Number
    LU198237389173
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