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Austrian designer sells lederhosen for thousands EURO

An Austrian designer is taking orders for personalized luxury lederhosen. Would you like some diamond-studded pair for EUR84,000 (US$114,000).

Christian Wohlmuther, who owns a clothing business that sells traditional Austrian attire based in Bad Mitterndorf, Styria, said Friday the cost of his creations varies depending on the decoration.

Those interested can choose from an array of stones, including garnets, rubies, emeralds and diamonds, that are then mounted on buttons made either of sterling silver, gold or platinum.

"We generally focus on the client's budget and then show him what's possible," Wohlmuther said.

Wohlmuther, who works with a local jeweler in the Styrian town of Liezen, said his first pair of luxury lederhosen - decorated with 166 diamonds - went to a German buyer who lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, earlier this summer. He said he hopes to attract more interest from that region, as well as from Russia.

Lederhosen are traditional short, leather trousers that some Austrian and German men still wear today at festivals or special occasions.

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