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Esse Purse Museum & Store, Little Rock

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Esse Purse Museum & Store showcases more than fashion history, ESSE’s permanent exhibit honors and celebrates the progression of the 20th-century American woman – decade by decade – through the lens of her handbag and the contents within. Through the collection and artful display of this material culture, as well as with the help of photography and ephemera, ESSE provides a contemplative portrayal of the woman’s struggles, accomplishments, and more sweepingly, the times in which she lived.

Not only is ESSE a woman-owned small business, but The Store at ESSE is a supporter of artisans from all over the world – a small business supporting other small businesses. At ESSE, we believe quality craftmanship, ethically sourced products and items that support, not suppress, the people who make them justify a higher cost.

Art is more than a possession, it's a feeling, a memory and a frame of mind – and ESSE sells art in the form of purses, jewelry and more.
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  • This is a very small museum, but it was a lot of fun to go to, and there's a lot to see. We're very glad we stopped in. 
    This is a very small museum, but it was a lot of fun to go to, and there's a lot to see. We're very glad we stopped in.  more »
  • Wonderful place to go on our girls weekend trip! My mother was going down memory lane, remembering all the different styles through the years! Just big enough and not too overwhelming. We loved... 
    Wonderful place to go on our girls weekend trip! My mother was going down memory lane, remembering all the different styles through the years! Just big enough and not too overwhelming. We loved...  more »
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  • A fantastic collection of purses. You will be overwhelmed at the quality of examples of the beautiful pieces of arm candy artwork throughout this entire museum. If you enjoy novelty purses your heart will sing when you see their selection. The store, itself, has a selection of standard purses - some are interesting and some are very generic - well worth checking out.
  • Displays were very interesting. Just a great collection of purses and small trinkets commonly found in purses. Wish there was a little more information around, like about the history of purses or explanation of changes in trends, etc. Didn't feel like we learned much. It was more of a display of the art of the purse. Gift shop had great bags and cute little accessories for sale.

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