Thai Elephants Are the Unlikely Inspiration Behind This Fashion Designer’s Latest Collection

August 12 is World Elephant Day. If you can’t book a trip to Anantara’s conservation camp, buy Nicole Miller’s new wardrobe, whose proceeds help the endangered animals across Thailand.

By David Ngo

Aug 12, 2021

FASHIONISTAS BROWSING U.S. DESIGNER Nicole Miller’s Pre-Fall 2021 Collection may notice a few surprising recurring motifs. From a stylishly slouchy French terry shirt and sweats printed with tropical foliage to a boho dress adorned with a parade of elephants, these garments are definitely taking a walk on the wild side. 

There’s a good reason for that. Miller came up with the idea after her own wild encounter during a visit to northern Thailand’s Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, near Chiang Rai. After meeting the gentle pachyderms face-to-face during the resort’s signature Walking With Giants experience, she was determined to find a way to help the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation in its mission to rescue former captive elephants.

A portion of all sales from Miller’s collection in August will go towards helping Thailand’s wild elephant and traditional elephant-owning communities.

From Nicole Miller’s Pre-Fall 2021 Collection

Coinciding with World Elephant Day, August 12, this aid could not come at a better time. It costs approximately US$18,000 annually to feed and care for just one of the 3,800-plus captive elephants in Thailand. As a result of the global pandemic, many handlers find themselves struggling to support both their elephants and their families.

With the tourism industry still down, at least 85 elephant camps in Northern Thailand have been forced to close. The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and Foundation have stepped up their efforts during these difficult times and have recently adopted a charismatic trio of new elephants.

For anyone looking to contribute to a good cause and look fabulous while doing it, Miller’s collection presents a unique opportunity. With their Earth-tone palette, and comfortable, breathable fits, they make for an elevated take on resort wear with a sense of place. If you want to wear your support for elephants on your sleeve, make a purchase by the end of August.

All photos courtesy of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

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