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This Cali Designer Works with Materials Shed by Wild Animals

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It's time to get to know some of the 50 finalists nominated for Racked Young Guns, our annual search for the country's most promising new fashion talent.

Plenty of designers love animals as much as they love fashion, but nobody combines those interests quite like Fauxtale's Toree Arntz. Arntz volunteers at the Wildlife Waystation, a not-for-profit animal sanctuary in LA. The creatures there don't just inspire her—they also provide her with materials in the fur and quills that they shed. Arntz, who's been working with animals since she was a kid, says she appreciates being able to point to a piece and say, "These feathers are from a bird that I know." Watch her story in the video above.
· The Fifty Young Designers You Need to Know About Now [Racked]
· Fauxtale [Official Site]
· Wildlife Waystation [Official Site]