Monday, April 13, 2009

An Over-Abundance Of Alligator Skins

The Cut's, Amy Odell is reporting that Louisiana is being overrun with Alligators since no one wants to make handbags with them anymore. Let's journey to Louisiana to see how the recession has affected a small, oft-overlooked sector of the luxury industry: alligator farms. Gerald Savoie Jr. has over 60,000 alligators on his farm, but no one to sell them to. “This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Savoie told Houma Today. “It’s never been this bad. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, they’re not buying. And if they’re not buying, we’re not selling.” The alligator business is a $60 million industry in Louisiana. Luxist reports that Vermilion Gator Farms Inc. generally sells 75,000 hides a year, but it hasn't sold a single skin in a year and expects to not sell a skin for a year on top of that. Alligators: the recession's cats.

Alligator skins are used for things like bags, belts, and shoes. But things made of alligator are expensive, so no one's buying them anymore. So PETA should be happy right? Wrong. Their hides are already on the market collecting dust. Last month 840,000 tanned hides were on the market in the U.S., waiting to be sold to tanners. Normally there are just 275,000 on the market. But if these farms won't make any sales for another whole year, now would be a great time for PETA to stage a great rescue mission and start a Clarissa Explains It All–inspired campaign to get the nation to take them in as pets.

Things that make you go hhmmm!

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If you aren't the type of girl who is afraid of polk-a-dots this shirt would be a cute addition your wardrobe.

"Harlequin Shirt"
Available at French Connection

Go ahead PETA say what you want because I refuse to be apologetic for something I like. And I LIKE these wedges, snake skin and all! Incidentally, the shoes name, "Anouket," sounds just like "Anuket," who was an Egyptian Goddess. The name "Anuket" literally means "Embracer." So yeah, PETA! I'm embracing all of this shoe because it has all the sexy mystic of the Egyptian Goddess it appears to be named after. And well we Goddesses are a peculiar bunch!

Alexander Neel
Available at Barney's

Now that's a classic! Simple, yet elegant styling. You can wear it with or without the strap.

Isabella Fiore
"Rich Stitch Celine Satchel"
Available at Rue La La

"Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe."---Buddha