The Florida Everglades Collection was created as an effort to save the Florida Everglades, a precious and unique ecosystem that is being threatened by Burmese Pythons, an invasive species that has devastated local wildlife.
Due to the pet trade, the Burmese python was brought to the United States and was first reported in the Everglades as early as the 1970’s. On August 23, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall south of Miami as a Category 5 Hurricane. Captive Burmese Pythons were released as a result of the devastation. With no natural predators, the Burmese Python population exploded. Once fully grown, these Pythons devoured deer, alligators, and small mammals. Even smaller pythons do tremendous damage to the local environment by eating local birds, rodents, and other animals crucial to a balanced ecosystem.
Enter Dusty Crum and Natalee McKinney, founders of the Florida Everglades Collection. They have dedicated their lives to saving Florida’s ecosystem. Dusty, along with a group of python hunters, trek into the Florida Everglades to hunt Burmese Pythons. While he’s in the swamp, she’s hard at work developing the newest fashion trends in eco-cycling. What is eco-cycling, you ask? First, we harvest invasive species that are detrimental to our ecosystem. We then utilize every piece to create new products with style, sophistication, and environmental benefits, all while raising awareness for the ecosystem.
Once removed from the Everglades, Dusty and Natalee’s team works to create beautiful and ethical Python products. Each product is made from Burmese Python caught in Florida, both removing an invasive apex predator and supporting the hunters who do the work.
The Florida Everglades Collection was created with the finest skins, designed and manufactured by exceptional craftsmen, and, where necessary, combined with Italian vachetta leather to create products with quality that is second to none.
You will absolutely love your Florida Everglades Collection products – we guarantee it.