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 French House of Dior.
A Little History
Like so many of the famous luxury brands, the House of Dior gets its start in France with Christian Dior establishing the brand in 1946. It was just after devastating World War II had turned the world upside down, and Dior was feeling the change in the culture. His style of the wasp waistline and loads of fabric was welcomed as the “New Look” and Dior was off and running in the high class world of fashion.
However Mr. Dior did not rule long as he died of a heart attack in 1957. It could have been the end of a beautiful beginning however the fortuitous hire of a young Yves Saint-Laurent before Dior died proved their saving grace. The young designer kept the house going until his wild ideas and styles in the 1960s clashed with the management and he was allowed to move on. The brand continued to grow and even explode in the ‘70s.
In 1996 John Galliano led the fashion house capturing Princess Diana’s attention with the first dress he designed for Dior. Today the brand is owned by the ubiquitous luxury conglomerate LVMH which owns so many of the top brands.
Dior “It” Bags
It wasn’t until the 1990s that Dior focused on handbags more intently. Things really kicked off when Lady Diana was given a Dior handbag in 1995 as a gift from French First Lady Bernadette Chirac. The Princess of Wales was so enamored of the purse she had to have one in every style and color which instantly catapulted the bag into “It” status. Dior renamed the bag “Lady Dior” in her honor.
The Lady Dior continues to be popular today and is painstakingly handmade with fine stitching, 130 lambskin pieces and charm letters spelling out the brand with the O larger and hanging from the handle.
The Dior Saddlebag was created by Galliano at the turn of the new millennium. It was quickly a hit and sported by many young starlets, notably the character Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV show “Sex and the City.” It is still going strong with celebrities like Beyoncè sporting the kidney shaped bag and people eager to snatch up the purses hot off the shelves.
Pre-loved Designer bags at Albert’s Pawn
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!