'Animal loving' fashion designer, 48, who dressed Rhianna and Kanye West is fined £4,000 after he admits selling skulls and shells of rare endangered creatures from his London boutique

Mail Online | 4/19/2017 | Mark Duell for MailOnline
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An 'animal loving' fashion guru who has dressed A-list stars today admitted illegally selling the skulls and shells of endangered species from his boutique.

Sasko Bezovski, 48, of Maida Vale, West London, the co-owner of trendy label Kokon To Zai (KTZ), had spur thighed tortoise and green turtle shells on sale and a rare freshwater crocodile skull.

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The products, which included the bill of a knifetooth sawfish, were sold as fashion accessories alongside items from top designers including Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

Hammersmith Magistrates' Court was told Bezovski - who is a vegan - was also displaying the skull of a North Sulawesi babirusa, a pig found in Indonesia.

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The designer has dressed the likes of Rihanna, Jay Z and Kanye West, although his most famous creation was the swan dress worn by Bjork to the 2001 Oscars.

The illegal items were displayed among other fashion accessories at the store off Portobello Road including python and crocodile handbags worth up to £4,000 each.

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Bezovski also had more than 45 illegal items including the skulls and shells, which he had purchased from antique fairs, markets and car boot sales.

Carly Loftus, prosecuting, said: 'On July 15 last year officers from the wildlife crime unit attended Kokon to Zai, a shop that sells animal products.

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'The defendant was not present at the time but officers spoke to a manager and a number of items were seized.

'The items that were seized were a false gharial crocodile skull on display for £420. Another was a knifetooth sawfish valued at £225 in the shop.

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'A green turtle shell was also seized and valued at £450, several decades old. There was also a babirusa skull. He had bought them at antiques fairs.

'In interview the defendant maintained it was only a small part of his business and 45 items suspected to be on the endangered...
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