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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.

Alligator program:

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.

Why alligator and not crocodile:

While alligator is still a protected species, it ONLY remains on the list by the close association to the crocodile.   Crocodile still remains classified as endangered, and for that reason, we choose not to use its skin at this time.  In addition, crocodiles have a sensory “pore” located in the upper middle portion of each scale, and we pride ourselves on using some of the most top graded flawless skin available for our products.

What happens after the skins are harvested:

Outside of simply sourcing the skins, we have spent excessive amounts of time between the tannery and the factory making sure everything abides by regulations, and is also eco friendly.

To process the hides is approximately a yearlong process consisting of various chemical baths to preserve and soften the skins.  After treatment, all chemicals are properly disposed of based on the governments MSDS safety regulations.  After treatment, hides are separated, per the specs of the individual design, and custom colored with vegetable dyes.

Why the STALVEY Brand:

While our products are world-class luxury goods, it is important to us that they are all produced in the US, and specifically in New York City. With property values in NYC escalating at a rapid rate, its Fashion District is becoming compromised, and generations of craftsmanship are being quickly depleted.  In 1960, 95% of clothing sold in the US was made in the US. Now, that figure is down to just 5%. Working locally has allowed us to create and maintain manufacturing jobs.

Keeping it home grown now only allows us to support causes we find important; it also works in favor of our customers.  Producing locally saves the high fees usually associated with importing and exporting materials in and out of Europe.  So, ironic as it is by manufacturing in a place like NYC, we are still able offer selections at price points well below competitors with similar products.  Moreover, because STALVEY is located near both our manufacturers and our markets, we can work with those manufacturers and our customers to develop new, environmentally responsible products.

We strive to continue to adopt sustainable business strategies and make environmentally responsible design decisions and are proud to continue the legacy of quality, innovation, artistry and craftsmanship that has made NYC the Fashion Capital of the World.