Please join us in The ESSE Purse Project

ESSE founder and owner Anita Davis shares her bag, a miracle in orange by Anya Sushko, and bares a bit of her essence via its contents.

ESSE founder and owner Anita Davis shares her bag, a miracle in orange by Anya Sushko, and bares a bit of her essence via its contents.

Happy 2014! We’ve passed our first half year and first holiday season at ESSE Purse Museum and Store, and we’re looking forward to what this year holds in our world of handbags.

One thing we’re particularly tickled to kick off is what we anticipate to be a fun and telling recurring feature of this blog, The ESSE Purse Project. The concept is simple:  We believe you can get a feel for a woman’s personality through the contents of her purse, as well as from the purse itself.

What story does your purse hold and tell? Are you willing to share that story with the world, anonymously or proudly proclaimed?

To get this pocketbook party started, three of us at ESSE have offered our purses and contents, names attached. If you care to join us, instructions follow.

ESSE store manager Lara Kahler's utilitarian clutch and artsy – and artistically displayed contents – represent her well.

ESSE store manager Lara Kahler’s utilitarian clutch and artsy – and artistically displayed – contents represent her well.

And, for our final first offering, mine (that's Laura Cartwright Hardy), an Alchemy Goods bag made from recycled inner tubes.

And, for our final first offering, mine (that’s Laura Cartwright Hardy), an Alchemy Goods bag made from recycled inner tubes. Make what you will of the contents.

Draw any conclusions? Deduce any clues?

If you’d like to join the fun, please send a clear, medium resolution photo (no whopper files, please) to essepursemuseum@gmail.com with the subject line “ESSE Purse Project.” Make sure the photo includes your purse and its contents artfully displayed (feel free to censor/omit embarrassing or identifying contents).

Please specify whether you want to share your full name, first name, city – or some other category such as age, job title, mother of three. But if you want to be totally anonymous, that’s fine, too. Please also include this statement:  “I give The ESSEntial Blog full permission to use this photo.”

We’re excited. Until next time …

 

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