A native of South Carolina, Stalvey had a background in business and worked in neuroscience at Columbia University prior to starting his brand. His path to the accessories business started with the desire to find the perfect alligator skin duffel bag, something he had been searching for for years. Deciding to create one himself, he realized soon after it was no easy feat to find elite leather suppliers and manufacturers that could produce premium, handcrafted goods in the U.S. With the idea of homegrown American luxury, he secured a New York-based factory to produce his first sample.
In the fall of 2014, Stalvey partnered with Barneys New York to launch his eponymous line of handbags, proposing a fresh, hybridized vision of classic handcrafted luxury goods imbued with easygoing streetwear vibes. Following the success of the launch, Stalvey collaborated with Lane Crawford for Fall 2015, expanding the brand across their flagship locations throughout Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.
The brand is best known for its classic handbags rendered in lizard, alligator, and ostrich skins. One of the most iconic recurring styles in the collection is the alligator baseball cap, which epitomizes the brand’s ethos rooted in both luxury and street style. The collection is produced in the top ateliers in the U.S. and Italy.
For Fall 2017, STALVEY will launch its 24kt gold capsule collection, a newly-developed process that evokes Jason Stalvey’s previous career in biochemistry. This capsule will mark the first time ever that a brand has embedded 24kt gold into exotic skins, a process that took over two years to develop. This exclusive technology was developed as a partnership with the world’s leading aeronautic laboratory, along with the premiere luxury tannery in France.
In a short period of time, STALVEY handbags have been seen on the likes of Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, and Hailey Baldwin. The brand has been featured in W Magazine, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures Magazine, The New York Times, Forbes, Robb Report, and many others.