Saturday, November 27, 2021

From Hunter to Handbag

Submitted Photos | Gretchen Bauer (Left) and Amy (Right).

BSWANKY, a luxury handbag design house based in Sarasota, Florida, is stepping up by partnering with python hunter Amy Siewe (one of the winners of the 2020 Python Bowl), to help put an end to the destruction of our Everglades ecosystem in our new Conservation is The Key initiative. Using invasive python skin from snakes captured in the Everglades, BSWANKY creates luxury accessories and gives 100% of the sale of each BSWANKY python keychain to the South Florida National Parks Trust. In addition, 5% of the sales on all python handbags will also be given back. Since its inception, the South Florida National Parks Trust has successfully funded more than 100 projects representing a combined investment of more than $9 million in South Florida’s national parks 

These sought-after luxury python handbags are owned by Tori Spelling, Tiffany Cuban, and Faith Hill, and may just be the solution.  

Two Women, One Cause 

Initiative Talking Points 

  • The initiative uses a local supply of python skins, a sustainable and ethical alternative to imported, farm-raised python commonly used by major luxury brands. 
  • Run by women from traditionally male-dominated industries coming together to find solutions. 
  • Scaling up our givebacks: 5% of sales on all python bags goes directly to the South Florida National Parks Trust. 
  • Conservation is The Key: 100% of sales of $60 keychains goes to the South Florida National Parks Trust. 
  • Giving back in style: up-and-coming woman-owned luxury handbag company raising awareness and funding outdoor education programs and restoration projects. 
  • Bags are designed and handcrafted in Sarasota, Florida. 
  • We are available anytime anywhere for interviews. 

Python Facts: 

  • Exotic pets gone wrong: introduced as pets to South Florida, pythons both escaped and were released into the wild, causing an environmental disaster. 
  • Pythons’ rapid rate of reproduction has brought their population to an unsustainable and overpopulated number: over 300,000. 
  • They have disrupted the natural food chain and caused an environmental disaster, preying on mammals such as rabbits and deer, decimating their population numbers and eliminating them as a food source for indigenous predators such as bobcats and the endangered Florida panther. 
  • They have no natural predators in their introduced habitats.

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