Braswell & Son Gives Back with Vintage Louis Vuitton

It was an absolute pleasure for Braswell and Son to be involved in the 16th annual Dazzle Daze, a benefit for the Conway Regional Health System. The outstanding event and raffle served as a kick-off for holiday shopping with proceeds going to fund medical scholarships and equipment, as well as patient and community programs. Braswell and Son donated a pair of handsome, vintage Louis Vuitton his-and-hers Keepall bags valued at $2,000 making sure Christmas came early for one lucky winner! The contribution follows a long history of the company’s commitment to community support and helped the Women’s Counsel grow the impressive $650,000 raised since the event’s inception.

Braswell and Son knows the importance of giving back during the holidays and every day. Since the early 1950’s, forming lasting individual and community relationships have been the foundation and success of Braswell and Son’s pawn and retail business. Over the years the company has responded to the need to get involved by dedicating time, merchandise, and money to local organizations and events to help build a robust economy and thriving community.

If you missed your chance at winning the pair of his-and-hers Louis bags, you can still shop our fabulous inventory that includes client favorite, the Bandouliere Keepall bag. The perfect carryall to carry on, the LV Keepall is ideal for holiday travel. The clean-cut and elegant styling suits both men and women, and the generous interior has room enough for a week away. Richly appointed with iconic LV monogram canvas, brass hardware, dual zip top closure and natural Vachetta leather detailing, the Bandouliere Keepall is the ultimate duffle that brings passion and adventure back to travel. The rolled handles and detachable cross-body shoulder strap ensures this carryall is comfortable, versatile and always ready to go!

During the holidays treat yourself to the gift of exceptional quality. Shop one of our three Arkansas locations or our expansive online inventory for the best selection and savings on authentic, vintage luxury Louis Vuitton luggage and bags. Look good and feel confident traveling in style with Louis Vuitton and Braswell and Son.

The Louis Vuitton Monogram: Origins that Endure

Authorities of style: the jet set, actresses, entertainers, and models have carried the Louis Vuitton monogram for over 120 years. Ever wonder how the famous quatrefoil and interlinked LV originated, and what makes it perhaps the best-recognized symbol of quality and distinction after more than a century?

The Louis Vuitton story began at a time when transportation meant horse-drawn carriage, train or boat. Luggage had to be able to withstand rugged handling; therefore, people looked to craftsmen to build cases and trunks to transport and protect their personal belongings. Age 16 and new to Paris, Louis Vuitton became an apprentice with a French atelier designing and handcrafting custom boxes and trunks. Seventeen years later, Vuitton opened his own shop where the Louis Vuitton brand and distinctive LV monogram would originate.

Borrowing inspiration from the embellished earthenware tile in the family kitchen, Vuitton’s son, Georges, created the four-petal floral and interlocked LV pattern as a way to brand his father’s growing business. Little did they know the combination of a humble motif, artisanal craftsmanship, and industrious ambition would produce an enduring standard of beauty and performance.

As the company evolved, the Louis Vuitton emblem and pattern has adorned luggage, jewelry and watches, clothing, handbags, shoes, hats, and more. To ensure the house remained fresh and modern, Louis Vuitton partnered with designer, Marc Jacobs and artist, Takashi Murakami who amplified the brand and expanded the limits of the monogram by carving the iconic four-petal shape into the heel of a boot, and for the first time updated the trademark brown LV monogram to vivid Multicolore on white. For its 160th anniversary, the company commissioned six designers and artists to design bags in the classic Louis Vuitton monogram and colors. The cross-exposure challenge strengthened the brand’s cultural infusion and inspired a legion of new admirers.

Braswell and Son have been longtime admirers of the influential brand. Louis Vuitton handbags remain in demand and have become a mainstay of our retail business. For style that endures for up to 50 percent off retail, look to authentic, vintage luxury Louis Vuitton and Braswell and Son.

Every Friday in November is Black Friday at Braswell & Son

Visit any of our three Braswell & Son showrooms every Friday this November, when we’re treating every Friday like Black Friday. Shop early and enjoy fantastic savings on vintage luxury handbags, accessories and estate jewelry.

Why wait until the end of the month to take advantage of our slashed prices? Why fight the crowds when you can shop with ease? Why drive in circles in search of holiday presents when you can find the best selection of gifts for both men and women all in one place? Need more convincing? Browse our online selection for just a taste of what we have to offer.

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The Best Louis Vuitton Bags for Men

It’s simple. Men have stuff they need to carry, so why not look good doing it? Ever wonder what Indiana Jones had in his satchel? Does it even matter?

The popularity of men’s designer bags and satchels continue to rise as more men are looking to fashion as a means of self-expression. A well-styled, masculine bag signals a successful, confident and approachable man. Good designers know what men require in a utilitarian bag, and infuse it with clean and stylish detailing.

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The best bags are a good mix of design and functionality and are adaptable to the office, airport, gym or downtown. Louis Vuitton, a brand that got its start as an artisan trunk maker, is naturally suited to build men’s accessories with exceptional travel-inspired craftsmanship. Whether you’re in the market for a backpack, messenger bag, briefcase or business traveler case, Louis Vuitton has you covered with their creative and practical collection of sturdy, comfortable to carry bags.

Looking for an upscale messenger? Try the Anton in dark slate Ardoise or deep blue Ocean Taiga leather. Its refined silhouette, organized pockets and discreet House LV signatures adapt well to the office as well as after-hours pursuits. For a vintage revival of the classic briefcase, look to the Cartable, crafted in rich brown Acajou or warm Charcoal supple Ombré natural leather. Spacious enough for a laptop and documents, the bag’s confident detailing and cool aesthetic will only serve to accentuate a man’s natural class and charm.

Among our extensive inventory, Braswell and Son have a considerable collection of men’s vintage luxury Louis Vuitton bags, wallets, and luggage. Each bag is hand-selected for quality and authenticity and is offered to our valued clientele for up to 50 percent of retail. Have something specific in mind? Let us know and we’ll do our best to identify your perfect carryall.

Everyone likes to look good, and for men, it is most important to dress to suit individual character. Find the Louis Vuitton best suited to your character and needs at Braswell and Son, premium reseller of vintage luxury, designer bags. Everyone likes to look good, and for men it is most important to dress to suit individual character. Find the Louis Vuitton best suited to your character and needs at Braswell and Son, premium reseller of vintage luxury, designer bags.

Three Ways Our Gucci Handbags Can Transform Your Fall Look

As we look ahead to the fall season, it’s time to take stock of the fashion options that have been quietly waiting in our closets for the past 7 months. Go ahead, get bring the bulky coats and sweaters out from storage, unbox those galoshes, untangle the ball of knit scarves.

Fall and winter wear can be tricky, and finding a way to feel stylish while sporting amorphous apparel and drab fall colors can be a real challenge for those without unlimited resources.

Braswell & Son has an inspired selection of authentic Gucci handbags that will transform your fall look into something fresh and fabulous. Here are three ways to dress up your look with an affordable Gucci handbag:

1. Add a pop of color – The Gucci Bamboo Beige Canvas Red/Brown Shoulder Bag combines classic looks with a touch a flair. The Gucci Bamboo Bag is crafted from Gucci’s signature canvas and features red leather trim, overall zipper closure at top, interior is fabric lined in beige and contains side zipper pocket and two side slip pockets, exterior contains a front zipper pocket, braided leather handles and a detachable adjustable matching strap.

 

 

 

2. Dress up a casual ensemble – With the sublte hues and clean lines of the Gucci Diamante Tan/Brown Canvas Shoulder Bag, you can take your blouse and jeans look to the next level. Brown and tan Diamante canvas Gucci vintage bag with gold-tone hardware, brown pebbled leather trim, single flat shoulder strap, beige woven interior lining, four pockets at interior walls; one with zip closure and magnetic snap closure at front flap. Great size for travel or everyday.

 

 

 

3. Add a touch of elegance – The Gucci Burgundy Small Handbag is perfect for formal evenings and puts the finishing touch on any outfit. This Gucci Small Bag is crafted with a two zipper zip top closure which opens into a fabric lined interior that contains one side zipper pocket. Exterior has rolled leather top handles and gold tone hardware throughout. Crafted in burgundy leather with Gucci’s signature.

Braswell & Son carries a hand-curated selection of authentic Gucci luxury handbags and accessories and is the go-to source for affordable luxury handbags in Central Arkansas. Browse our entire selection of pre-owned luxury handbags here!

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Designer Handbags: Favorites for Fall Travel

Fall is upon us, and time to enjoy the crisp air and brilliant display of leaves burning gold, orange, and red. At Braswell and Son, we mark the changing season by taking stock and replenishing our designer inventory with handbags appropriate for travel and everyday wear. Fall is one of the best times to travel—take the opportunity to visit an historic landmark, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or rent a lake house for the weekend. Here are three of our favorite fall bags we know will complement you and your travels in style.

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag
Named after Coco Chanel’s lover and muse, Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel, the Boy bag is love at first sight. The bag is made from super soft quilted lambskin and features antique gold-tone hardware, a full front flap with Le Boy CC push lock closure and a generous chain link and leather cross-body shoulder strap. Distinctive and well built, the Boy bag travels easily and lends a confident vibe to both casual and dressy looks.

 

Louis Vuitton Artsy MM Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Louis Vuitton Artsy MM Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

The Louis Vuitton Artsy MM is the end-all carryall for fall! The roomy boho shopper features a relaxed yet elegant silhouette, iconic LV monogram toile canvas with comfortable, rolled handles, a large zip pocket and natural Vachetta cowhide trim. Perfect for the weekend wanderer, the bag’s generous interior and casual lines effortlessly combine functionality and style.

 

 

 

 

 

Gucci Jackie O Shoulder Bag

Gucci Jackie O Shoulder Bag
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, devoted supporter of arts and literature, style icon and graceful first lady made the classic Jackie O bag famous. The can-do bag wears well in every season and is a marvelous layering accessory. The bag’s original GG diamond pattern and equestrian-inspired red and green web detail are particularly striking against the magnificence of fall. Don’t be surprised if the spacious yet structured bag becomes a favorite companion among your everyday adventures.

Travel in style with a designer bag from Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Gucci. Be sure to check out the fresh fall inventory at Braswell and Son, your premium reseller of authentic vintage luxury handbags.

No Rules Engagement Rings: What to Spend and Why

Engagements and weddings are big business. Big, as in couples spend on average of $30,000-plus on a ring and ceremony. Slick and compelling marketing by the diamond and retail jewelry industry pushes spending between 1 and 3 month’s salary on a ring, suggesting the amount spent is directly reflective of the love you feel toward another person—illogical thinking, to say the least.

Over the years, expectations and traditions have relaxed as brides and grooms have taken a more personal approach to engagements and weddings. Despite this shift, diamond engagement rings continue to be extremely popular and pricey. Before getting caught up in the intoxicating current of an engagement, couples should pause and remember there are no rules when it comes to love.

Choosing an engagement ring should be a highly personal decision—a decision not based on monthly salaries, investment calculators, or societal pressure. For years, Braswell and Son have been helping couples find the very best in affordable luxury engagement and bridal jewelry. We recommend setting a budget reflective of income, goals, and lifestyle. Also, be realistic and discuss priorities, expectations, and considerations such as personal style, activity level, and meaning.

Braswell and Son carries an extensive and unique collection of exquisite vintage luxury engagement and bridal jewelry, hand selected by a discerning GIA trained staff. Our pricing is based on a small percentage of the actual value of a ring’s precious metal and gemstone components, and not over-inflated retail prices that often carry a markup of 1,000 percent. The way we do business allows us to take the time to get to know our customers, make solid recommendations and pass along amazing quality, character, and savings.

Love and life are all about balance. Most would agree that blowing big bucks on an engagement ring and accruing debt would equal a less than perfect beginning to a successful marriage. Don’t sacrifice a spectacular honeymoon or a down payment on a home for an expensive ring. Shop the best of both worlds—elegance at a reasonable price at Braswell and Son.

Engagement Ring Inspiration Worthy of Love Itself

Few things inspire hope and positivity as love does. Love influences our behavior and moves us to be better people for others and ourselves. No wonder an engagement with its details creates such a fuss—especially with the ring. The connection between two people is singularly unique and deserves a ring equally expressive. Here are three inspirational engagement ring trends worthy of a second look:

If she’s ethically minded or non-traditional, a colored stone or lower-profile stone may be just right.

Gemstone Alternatives
Diamonds have a tremendous following, but the earth is rich with exquisite stones. Colorful gemstones as an alternative to diamonds continue to gain popularity as more brides value self-expression and ethical sourcing. Most gemstones come in a countless range of colors and cost far less than a diamond of the same size and grade. Some women are choosing stones for their subtle energetic properties. For instance, a peach blush morganite stone is thought to attune to the heart chakra, encourage lightness within the spirit and symbolize deepening love.

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The notion of the diamond being the quintessential engagement stone resulted from a well-crafted, exceptionally effective, multi-decade marketing campaign that positioned the gem as the one and only choice.

Stacks on Stacks
Mix it up with stacking bands—the ultimate way to showcase your own intimate love story. Completely customizable, each band fits together to give the illusion of a larger ring. Add a band for your engagement, marriage, milestone anniversary or the birth of a child. Choose a style where interlocking bands are part of a base design or take an edgier route, mixing platinum and rose gold with pavé diamonds and birthstones to create the ultimate statement in personal style.

Mixed Metal Details

Intricately patterned settings are perfect for showcasing a traditional and alternative looks.

Sometimes the smallest details make all the difference! Customizing a white round diamond set in a white gold setting with a rose gold halo creates a contemporary update to a classic look while giving the illusion of a larger center stone. Similarly, a brilliant citrine or yellow diamond set in platinum with elegant yellow gold prongs is a sublime presentation all its own.

As curators of fine engagement and bridal sets, Braswell and Son houses choice precious metals and stones, including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, silver, fine jewels, and diamonds of every cut, color, and karat. Braswell and Son—your premier source for engagement ring guidance and inspiration.

Chanel Handbags: Back to School Inspiration

French designer Coco Chanel, fashion designer, businesswoman and student of life created a signature style empire that embodied practicality, freedom and elegance. Chanel applied her unique design philosophy to her clothing, jewelry, fragrance and renowned handbag collections, making them a coveted favorite among women of all ages. Durable yet versatile, luxe yet relevant, Chanel handbags adapt easily to both university and professional life. Without question, Chanel gets an A+ in our book!

Not only are Chanel bags a hot item; they are investment quality pieces that hold their value for years to come. For young women there is no better time to invest in functional foundation pieces, and Braswell and Son makes it affordable for those on an academic budget.

As a premium reseller of vintage luxury, pre-loved designer handbags, Braswell and Son offers new and like-new Chanel pieces at a fraction of retail. With 10 percent down and affordable monthly payments, you can have that lambskin Overnighter Weekender Shoulder bag in time for holiday break. With a spacious interior and woven leather chain straps, it has enough room for small electronics and makes an ideal carry-on travel bag.

Another intelligent choice for the savvy coed is the classic Medallion Tote bag. With supple, pebbled calfskin leather, signature gold-tone hardware and medallion charm, generous interior and secure zip closure, the Medallion Tote delivers sophisticated durability. A study in hardworking opulence, the classic tote adapts easily to everyday style and shows the world you’re much more than the average up-and-comer.

For special events and first dates, the Chanel Mini Double Flap is a true statement of feminine independence. The Mini Double Flap tops its class in function and flair, with room enough for essentials and style for days. Made of butter-soft lambskin in a variety of colors with silver hardware detail, the Mini Double Flap is the perfect punctuation to any look.
A woman’s handbag is both a modern day survival kit and a mark of intellectual influence. A Chanel bag is a fundamental accessory for collegiate life and beyond. Shop smart—shop Braswell and Son for back to school vintage luxury deals.