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Only in Arkansas: ESSE Purse Museum

<p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; "><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; ">Purses that stand the test of time are on display in a Central Arkansas museum. The exhibit that you can only see in Arkansas may not be only for women.</span></p>

LITTLE ROCK, AR - It isn't your typical museum. In fact, the owners say the ESSE Purse Museum is one of just three like it in the entire world and the only on in our country.

The idea for the museum sparked when the owner and creator, Anita Davis, took a common liking to the fashion staple. As you'll see, that common liking took off.

"I've collected purses for 25 years," explained Davis. She even showcased them all over the country.

After acquiring all the accessories however, they needed a final resting place. These items though, are far from dead and gone.

Enshrined in a tomb of clear cases, the purses from generations past live on.

"I feel like I took a walk through time," remarked Little Rock native Debra Waterford.

The museum displays the purses in a history timeline ranging, in part, from certain places and periods like Hot Springs in the early 1900s and the Junior League from the 1920s.

After taking an interest in the South Main (SOMA) area of Little Rock, Anita Davis took on this latest endeavor in the old building near the corner of 15th and Main Streets.

It may seem the target audience is limited to only a specific gender. While the business admits it's usually not a typical thing for a man to want to be looking at purses, after a walk through the maze of history in the way of handbags you could realize it's worth the look.

Waterford said, "I think the guys will smile when they see how much the ladies smile."

So if any of you guys out there do check it out, you just might find there's a bit more to all the straps and bags.

Davis added, "So many people from Little Rock or Arkansas will remember something that was their grandmother or their aunt or their sister or whatever and they will make up their own stories."


The ESSE Purse Museum keeps you updated on all their latest events, hours of operations and an inside look on their Facebook page. Click here to be redirected.

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