In today’s day and age, the ethical sourcing of animal skins has become almost impossible, which has led big brands such as Gucci and more recently Chanel to halt the production of such products. The issue is the high demand for these products, which sounds like an oxymoron. You would assume that high demand would lead to increased supply. But the bottom line there is no excess ethical source of exotic skins…
We assume that these types of products are created for a select few well-to-do individuals that want to flash their wealth. There is however another angle to consider, the highly specialized workmanship that is required for these products to reach retail outlets. It is the epitome of handmade luxury, and there is something to appreciate there.
Which leads us to Stalvey, an American luxury handbag company established in 2015 by Jason Stalvey. The line is comprised of one-of-a-kind, handmade handbags in exotic skins such as lizard, ostrich, python and alligator, ranging in size from teeny tiny beauty cases starting at $4800 to duffle bags which are priced upwards of $25K.
Popular with IT girls such as Gigi Hadid and Rihanna, Stalvey handbags bring together both worlds of traditional workmanship and thoroughly modern techniques. Their designs also have a street-style edge which differentiates them from brands such as Hermes and Nancy Gonzalez, filling the gap in the market for wealthy, modern fashionistas that prefer cutting edge styles.