In August 2019, Albert’s Pawn partnered with Entrupy, a luxury handbag authentication service, and began buying, selling and making pawn collateral loans on pre-loved luxury handbags. In the months following we will feature in our blogs the luxury handbag designers we buy, sell and pawn at all four Albert’s locations.
The designers we can authenticate using Entrupy are Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Coach, Chloe, Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Hermès, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Celine, and Prada. In this blog we will take a look at the House of Bottega Veneta.
Bottega Veneta’s roots go back to 1966 when Italian owners Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro opened the company in Vicenza, Italy. The name translates to “Venetian Shop” and specialized in well-crafted leather goods. Their unique leather weave design became known as “intrecciato” and is a hallmark of the luxury goods maker to this day.
The Bottega Veneta weave handbag demands a high level of craftsmanship, the finest leather and many hours to hand produce. The materials they use are well known for its ability to last a lifetime due to the durability and strength of the leather.
The brand started out purposefully not blasting its logo all over their products as an alternative to the hot designers of the day. They advertised their bags with the line “When your own initials are enough.” But when sales fell in the 1980s, they changed that tack and began adding the BV logo all over their products. This did not help and in 2001 the Gucci Group bought the faltering brand. Tomas Maier was hired as creative director and is responsible for returning the brand to the subtlety of the original designs, losing the logo and focusing instead on incredible quality.
Today the 50-plus- year-old company has firmly rooted itself in the luxury handbag market. Discerning customers enjoy the logo free design and beautiful craftsmanship of a bag they can utilize for a lifetime. BV bags range from belt bags to clutches to totes and everything in between. “Pre-loved” BV bags are popular in the resale market although they are not as lucrative as the king of resale: Louis Vuitton.
The Cabot Tote is a masterfully created bag that is all “intrecciato” weave. The seamless creation is woven into its shape by about 100 leather strips and takes days to make. Produced in limited quantities each year, the much sought after handbag is seen more like a work of art than a mere purse. New, it can set you back at much as $7,550 and resells for about $1,830.
Another trendy BV bag to own is the soft as butter leather Pouch which is smooth and slouchy with no structure and is carried like a large clutch. This bag is the polar opposite of the woven Cabot Tote yet also features high quality material and workmanship.
While there are a lot of online retailers selling pre-loved designer luxury handbags, the difference is at Albert’s Pawn you can inspect the handbag before you buy and you can start enjoying it now. Buying from Albert’s Pawn means no waiting for your purchase to arrive, no concerns about it being authentic and no shipping for you to deal with on returns. As the program grows, so will our inventory.
Because we can authenticate these pre-loved luxury handbags, we can pay the highest prices for buys or pawns. Customers can be assured when they purchase a pre-loved luxury designer handbag from Albert’s Pawn that it is authentic and purchased at a great price with an Authentication Money Back Guarantee.
If you can’t find the bag you are looking for in our stores, our wholesale handbag supplier may have what you’re looking for. We can special order for you so stop by one of Albert’s four locations to check our inventory or to get a pawn loan on your pre-loved designer handbag! Here are nine things to know about Albert’s Pawn in Tennessee.
Albert’s has been family owned and operated since 1927. No matter where you are in the Tri-Cities, we have a convenient location to serve you. With four Albert’s Pawn locations (Downtown Johnson City, North Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport), getting top dollar for your items for pawn loans and shopping for that item you’ve been looking for at an unbeatable price has never been easier. Stop by and see why Albert’s Pawn is the premier pawnshop in the area!