From Hunter to Handbag:

How dynamic handbag designer Gretchen Bauer is teaming up with decorated python hunter Amy Siewe to save the Everglades—in style.

It may be hard to swallow, but small mammals—a crucial part of the Everglades ecosystem—are being decimated by invasive Burmese pythons.

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, five percent of the sales on all python handbags will also be given back.

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. 

Through fashion, BSWANKY aims to re-establish the natural harmony of the Everglades ecosystem, while using the whole animal rather than allowing their skins to be thrown into landfills. Albeit an unfortunate situation, the Everglades pythons provide an opportunity to create beautiful handbags while giving back to the Everglades.

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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