Chiang Rai, Thailand, August 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Elephants, the national symbol of Thailand, are admired for their strength, endurance and intelligence, and for American designer Nicole Miller they are the inspiration for her latest collection – the fashion icon has launched her Pre-Fall 2021 collection, which is partly inspired by an early 2020 visit to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand’s ancient jungle where rescued elephants roam in their natural habitat.
A percentage of online sales of Nicole Miller’s Pre-Fall 2021 collection in August will be donated towards the upkeep of these elephants along with projects to protect wild elephants and to improve the welfare of other elephants throughout Thailand.
At a glance:
- The Pre-Fall 2021 collection features elephant and jungle symbols and motifs on various garments and prints.
- Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is world famous for its elephant camp that, along with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, were set up in 2003 primarily to help street begging elephants and others that could not help themselves.
- The almost total disappearance of tourism throughout the country due to COVID-19 continues to have a negative effect on Thailand’s 3,800 odd captive elephants and their carers who still need to find around US $20 per day just to feed their elephant.
- The COVID-19 crisis has reportedly forced at least 85 elephant camps in Northern Thailand to close and as a result Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and the Foundation have expanded their work to lend a helping hand and resources to Thailand’s traditional elephant owning and wild elephant communities.