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How cute is the Alexis Bittar employee blog? Launched a couple weeks ago, the site is written under full Alexis approval by a group of store workers who decided to channel their love of fashion blogs into creating one of their own. We enjoyed the profile of Kate Bush—she totally would look great in Bittar's bangles—but our favorite post so far is about the in-store taxidermy. First of all, it's titled "Our Quiet Pets," which pretty much kills us. And it's full of quirky details like this:
Some of the animals in our store are from old museum collections; others are taken from wildlife preserves and zoos after they have died. Some, like our peacock in the West Village store, were actually pets of our taxidermist.But the best part is that the post also conscientiously addresses the weirdness of having stuffed endangered leopards in the Soho and Upper East Side stores.
They were killed in Africa during calving season. Because the leopards kill the village's calves, the government gives permits for two leopards to be removed once a year. If the government did not have any management in place, then the farmers would poison or snare all of the leopards in order to protect their cattle. Ultimately, the animals displayed in our stores (and sporting Alexis Bittar jewelry) represent a system that protects the animals as a population. Furthermore, the hunters that go to the villages for safaris spend 15 to 18 thousand dollars to be able to participate in the hunt. That money goes directly to the tribal council and local government, and the meat from the animals is distributed to the village.We probably don't know enough about farming and African government to have an informed opinion on this, but it sounds responsible, and it's great that the store's employees—and not just the owner—want shoppers to know the animals' history. Here's hoping they keep the blog going.
· Alexis Bittar's Store Decor: Leopards & Zebras & Peacocks, Oh My! [Racked National]
· Alexis Bittar Retail [Official Site]
· Alexis Bittar [Official Site]