Are These Super-Expensive Bags the New Hermès?

Since fashion month started, one brand name relentlessly kept popping up in my inbox, and it technically had nothing to do with the catwalk show schedule. Press releases from a handbag label called Stalvey just didn't stop flooding in. And this isn't down to overzealous PR work—this is because today's supermodels (think Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber and friends) have got brand-new, ultra-luxe bags, and they aren't afraid to wear them—all the time.

And so you probably would too if your bag was one of Stalvey's now-recognisable beauty box creations: Made in the USA, rendered in exotic skins, celebrating fine craftsmanship and usually coming in at around the £10k mark, it'd be lunacy to tote one just once. But this exclusive club also marks an interesting point in the life cycle of the It bag. We've (gladly) come accustomed to being able to save up for a new breed of more affordable arm candy: Mansur Gavriel, Little Liffner, Simon Miller and many other labels have stepped in to fill a gap that had been a gaping black hole of opportunity for some time. But for the cool, young luxury consumers out there, it's nice to have something new to add to the regular roster of Hermès Birkin, Valextra Iside and Goyard weekender bags.

So we wanted to know more. What is Stalvey? Where did it come from? Who is behind it? And how did the most influential crew on planet fashion get their hands on it? Keep reading to get our interview with the founder, neuroscientist-turned-designer Jason Stalvey.

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