Jason Stalvey is that rare talent who effortlessly juggles science, business and fashion everyday. A qualified sleep technician by day, he is part of the staff at the neurological sleep medicine unit at Columbia Medical Center in NYC. In the evenings he put his mind into creating ultra-luxury travel bags and accessories from exotic alligator skins. His label, Stalvey, specializes in creating duffels and carryalls in single cut alligator skins, whereas other high-end accessory makers use piece skins to make a large bag.
A brand that started out of necessity (in 2007 his hunt for an alligator duffle ended in failure when he failed to find a large, top quality bag) to fill a gap in the men’s accessories market, has now expanded to women’s accessories and a home furnishings capsule collection. After much research and planning he started the company in 2011 and launched the collection in 2012. Now that the company gained enough, high-end department store Barneys New York has agreed to launch a fall collection this year.
Some of the popular items from the collection include the Wong Duffel ($17,800) and Canovas gym bag ($16,000), are made from single cuts of alligator skin. There is also the Garcia tote in gold ostrich with gold plated hardware. Women’s collection include handbags, clutches, belts, wallets and baseball caps. Other small accessories and home items include camera straps, clutches, and cashmere-lined, leather-trimmed throw blankets.
In addition to being made from a single piece of exotic leathers, Stalvey creations feature vegetable-tanned leather, smooth lamb skin lining and 18 karat gold plated hardware. Most items are also available in ostrich, python and lizard patterns. All leathers are sourced 100% from tanneries in the US and his factory is located at East 33rd Street, NY. Stalvey, in every sense of the word is an American luxury brand.