It’s not ALL in the name of Fashion…
STALVEY got its start with a simple mission in mind – to create the perfect alligator duffle. Along the journey to that bag, we discovered a much larger mission: to produce luxury accessories in New York, while simultaneously preserving industries in coastal wetlands.
Let us explain….
The American Alligator and the Coastal Wetlands:
Alligators harvesting and farming is approaching a one billion dollar industry for Americas states such as Louisiana and Florida. With the tremendous income from this renewable natural resource, the incentives are in place for landowners to protect and live on this land instead of selling out to developers etc that could comprise our wetlands and Everglades.
These alligators provide further economic benefit to the ecosystem by naturally controlling the population of nutria and muskrat. Without the use of alligators, this would cost billions of dollars in the state of Louisiana alone.
Unlike most materials, the use of alligator is strictly regulated by the US government under what is known as the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
When concerned about alligator farming, we found that the numbers of eggs harvest are regulated, and once hatched; farmers are limited to keeping the animal in captivity until approximately 3 to 5 feet in length. The government then states that the farmer is required to release a percentage back into the wild – a rate that is four times the survival rate had the eggs remained in the wild.
Since being listed as an endangered species in 1967, alligator is a resource that became strictly controlled by the United States government and is regulated on an annual basis to maintain population – actually known as the Alligator Program; this sustained use program is one of the world’s most recognizable examples of a wildlife conservation success story. These efforts have allowed the population to thrive and the species was removed from being endangered in 1987.