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.

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.

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.

Chanel Handbags: Seamless Style, Summer to Fall

A true renaissance woman of fashion, Coco Chanel redefined the feminine standard of style by influencing design in clothing, jewelry, fragrance, and more notably, handbags. Inspired by 1920’s soldier bags, Chanel liberated women from the traditional hand-carried bag to a practical yet refined hands-free, shoulder design.

As a brand, Chanel continues to gain admirers. Their luxury handbags are some of the finest and best selling among Braswell and Son’s select inventory. Here are three versatile styles that go seamlessly from an elegant summertime dinner date to an easygoing fall weekend away.

Chanel Mini Double Flap
Small yet expressive, it’s hard to keep your eyes off of Chanel’s Mini Double Flap handbag. Available in buttery lambskin, rich caviar or slick patent leather, featuring silver hardware and the classic woven leather chain strap, the Mini Double Flap is big enough to hold essentials and is sure to invite conversation. Offered in an array of colorful and neutral hues, the Mini is a perfect complement to any ensemble, no matter the season.

Chanel Medallion Tote Bag
Perhaps the most versatile bag of its kind, the Chanel Medallion Tote is smart, sophisticated and graciously suited to everyday style. Constructed of supple quilted caviar leather with comfortable rolled handles and secure zipper closure, the Medallion Tote is distinguished by the celebrated CC front panel, gold-tone hardware and medallion charm. The roomy interior and practical lines make this bag a favorite among businesswomen and fashionistas alike.

Chanel Overnighter Weekender Shoulder Bag
The handsome and versatile Chanel Overnighter Weekender Shoulder Bag is where fashion meets function. A multi-use tote featuring woven leather hands-free chain straps and large CC turn lock closure, the Weekender Bag is superbly suited for shopping as well as spending a relaxing day downtown with friends or tucking into a café with a good book. The sleek silhouette, elegant flat quilting and generous interior easily accommodate small electronics and basic overnight necessities.

As sure as summer turns to fall, classic Chanel will see you through the seasons in style. Find your Chanel at Braswell and Son—premium reseller of authentic, vintage luxury Chanel.

 

Designer Handbags: Hidden Cash in Your Closet

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She is a reminder of your first, intoxicating trip to Paris. Ah, the soldiered London Plane trees standing at attention against a pale silver and blush sky along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées… It was your “all yellow” phase, when your Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 handbag in Tassil yellow was a sublime mix of sunshine and Audrey Hepburn. But now, to you she seems less sunshine and more Minion—so she sits alone, on the top shelf of the closet, hiding safely in her dust bag…

So, what’s a wise and resourceful woman to do?

How about selling your pre-owned designer handbag to Braswell and Son, because we’re buying! Vintage luxury handbags remain some of the most sought after merchandise on the market. Sell your bag for cash, or trade up to something that better fits your current fashion sensibility and lifestyle.

Not all pawnbrokers are created equal. Braswell and Son is a boutique broker with a passion for high-end accessories. As a preferred dealer in pre-owned and vintage luxury brands, we represent Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Hermès and Prada, just to name a few. Our professional staff is carefully trained to identify pieces as authentic, as well as provide accurate appraisals so clients can be confident they are receiving fair value for their items.

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To get the most out of your pre-loved designer bag, you will need to properly prepare it. Remove all of your items and gently clean both inside and outside surfaces, taking care to follow recommendations appropriate for the material. Note that some leathers will naturally develop a “patina” from contact with the skin, adding character and acting as a unique identifier of a genuine piece. Providing receipts, original packaging, dust bags or certificates of authenticity will help you secure the best offer for your bag.

Dealing in vintage luxury designer handbags has been a cornerstone of Braswell and Son’s retail and cash advance business since 1979. We offer professional, discerning service, and guarantee you’ll get the best return on your high-fashion investment. Don’t sell yourself short—maybe you have hidden cash hiding in your closet!

 

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Louis Vuitton Crossbody Bags Freshly Picked for Spring

Crossbody Bag Season
It’s spring … get out and play, but leave your big bag at home! The perfect crossbody bag is waiting for you at Braswell and Son.

Spring is here, and just in time! Time to get out there and bask in the glow of a brand new season. Plan an outing while the temperature is still comfortable; book a garden tour and take in the rich smell of cherry blossoms, or indulge in a daylong treasure hunt for vintage luxury finds.

For the fashionista, spring also marks the start of crossbody bag season. As the name suggests, the crossbody has a longer, adjustable strap that is worn diagonally across and close to the body allowing for hands-free mobility. A smaller alternative to a larger tote, the bag offers the added advantage of extra security and can be moved to the front of the body when seated—a perfect union of style, function and comfort.

The crossbody’s humble beginnings can be traced back to bags used by early messengers and the Pony Express. Today, premium designers are evolving the classic messenger by blending utility with beauty. The bags borrow details from vintage luggage and military design, and are made with a mobile society in mind.

One example, the messenger-inspired Louis Vuitton Monogram Musette, is luxury with benefits. Large enough to fit a laptop and easy to carry, the bag features a generous main pocket, a smaller phone pocket, and has enough room to stow a few essentials in case a day trip turns into an overnight stay. Discontinued and somewhat rare, the Musette remains a widely sought after collectible piece.

Another beautiful choice is the convertible Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière 25. Originally designed for travellers in the 1930s, the bag’s classic lines are reminiscent of another time. The bag is thoughtfully appointed with a zipper closure, rolled leather handles and a secure lock and key. The Speedy 25 is definitely easy on the eyes, but what makes the bag extra special is its versatility. It can be worn across the body, on the shoulder or even carried, depending on the occasion.

It’s spring … get out and play, but leave your big bag at home! The perfect crossbody bag is waiting for you at Braswell and Son.

Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Kate Spade: Three Fresh Handbag Picks for Spring

The ritual of women changing handbags at the start of a new season is as certain as the coming of spring. The opportunity to empty and inspect the contents of your current bag—the staples and leftover bits and pieces that represent the last 6 months of a life. It’s an excellent time to evaluate what works, and what can be left behind.

Spring is the ideal time to trade in an outdated handbag, or shop for a new to you designer piece. A simple change in handbag can inspire a fresh beginning and a brand new attitude.

Braswell and Son’s growing inventory is bursting with authentic, vintage luxury handbags and accessories. Take a look at three of our favorites:

1. Utility Reimagined
The canvas Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag in white azur is legendary for being a workhorse as well as a style icon. It’s spacious without being cumbersome, and ideal for a day out or an overnight stay. The smooth leather straps fit easily over the shoulder or arm, making it a versatile and comfortable choice. The adjustable side laces transform it from practical tote to swank city bag, and the light as air color serves as the perfect backdrop for the changing season.

 

2. Everyday Glamour
The Michael Kors Jet Set chain tote is sure to be the star of any ensemble. A bold contrast to the crisp whites of spring, the glossy, bluest of green finish promises more glamour than conservative winter styles, and the sophisticated gold chain strap delivers a bright pop of contrast. Roomy and elegant, but not overwhelming, the Jet Set is a favorite must have.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Fun Factor
It’s all fun and games with the delicate Kate Spade PXRU 5013 clutch. The clean design and unusual plastic material is sure to be evening conversation starter. The bold, scalloped flap is reminiscent of a new flower—truly, a classic clutch with a modern twist on flirty vintage detail.

Check out our must have’s and other premium inventory. Shop Braswell and Son for the very best in vintage luxury styles for spring!

Shopping for Louis Vuitton: Where to Find a Real Deal

Authentic Louis Vuitton Handbags
A successful shopping experience begins and ends with Braswell and Son, your trusted source for vintage luxury Louis Vuitton.

From the humble beginnings of an artisan trunk maker sprang perhaps the world’s most recognized and coveted of all luxury brands: Louis Vuitton. The perfect marriage of elegance and performance began when the renowned fashion house opened its doors in 1854, and ever since women and men from around the world have held the brand in the highest regard for its classic style and exceptional craftsmanship.

Louis Vuitton remains a strong investment purchase, especially if you can find a real deal. If you happen to find yourself near Avenue Montaigne in Paris, or New Bond Street in London, you may be able to take advantage of premium pricing afforded by foreign currency rates against the dollar, and special tax refunds offered to travelers. However, if you don’t happen to be in the neighborhood, where can you snatch up a genuine LV for significant savings? A successful shopping experience begins and ends with Braswell and Son, your trusted source for vintage luxury Louis Vuitton.

Braswell and Son’s three Central Arkansas locations and online showroom offer an inventory rich with popular and rare styles at marked savings. As an established broker specializing in vintage luxury handbags and jewelry, Braswell and Son makes it their business to curate premium brands for a discriminating clientele at prices up to 50 percent off of the original purchase price. The professional staff takes the guesswork out of identifying imposters by carefully establishing each piece as authentic with a precise vetting process.

In the vintage luxury business, pre-owned Louis Vuitton usually means pre-loved. Many of the designer pieces were originally purchased by collectors or as investments; therefore, treated with extreme care and remain in excellent, like new condition.

Assuring first-rate service, iconic styles and prices that exceed expectations, consider Braswell and Son a valued partner in shopping for that pre-owned Louis Vuitton handbag that you just can’t get out of your mind. With a reputation built on offering deep savings on vintage luxury brands and retaining trusted client relationships, look no further than Braswell and Son for your next Louis Vuitton purchase!