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 one of the younger oriented luxury handbag designers: the House of Prada.
Like most of the European fashion houses, Prada gets its start in a leather goods and luggage shop started by brothers Mario and Martino Prada in 1913 in Milan, Italy. They opened in the famed Galleria mall in downtown Milan. Within a few years, Prada became the leather goods maker to the royal family of Italy.
Mario didn’t believe women should work in the business so it was ironic that when he died and his son didn’t want to take over, his daughter Luisa Prada took the helm and ran it for nearly 20 years. Later her daughter Miuccia Prada eventually joined the team and became the leader of the company in 1978.
Influenced by the cultural revolution of the sixties, Miuccia (who has a PhD in political science) set out to create less formal handbags with totes and backpacks made of tough material call “pocono nylon” which was used for military tents. Not only was it a fresh look, it was durable and water proof as well.
As Prada began to expand into other European and United States markets, the brand steadily grew. Their label has an understated upside down triangle which worked well with the company’s casual, young look to set it apart for the more established formal houses.
The Bowler Bag entered the fashion seen in 2000 and is still going strong. Available in many colors and finishes, customers can create their own unique Bowler Bag ranging from a black doctor’s bag look to bright colors and wild patterns. Available secondhand from $350 to $3000.
The Cahier Bag is said to be inspired by rare books thus the name which translates to “notebook.” Noted for its distinct gold-toned metal corners and signature structure, this bag ranges from $1000 to $3600 pre-loved.
The Vachetta Bicolor Shoulder Bag deviates from the classic Prada handbags with heavy stitching that evokes western saddles. It may look tiny but can amazingly fit more than you would think. Very hard to come by, it’s currently sold out even on the Prada website. Be careful of fakes with this elusive bag.
The Nylon and Leather Duffel Bag is a manly black classic looking bag that is also much in demand. Very durable and understated, it ranges from $1,500 to $3,750 new and it’s often out of stock.
While there are a lot of online retailers selling 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 the 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 has been authenticated and can be 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!