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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Bolo Bash Luncheon, an annual event to aid Baptist Health Medical Center in continuing programs, buying equipment and supporting nurses, begins with a silent auction at 11 a.m. at the J.A. Gilbreath Conference Center at the hospital’s Little Rock campus. This year’s speaker is American fashion designer Nicole Miller. Tickets for the luncheon are $150. For more information, click here.


CARTI’s Ragin Cajun Bash, presented by Iberiabank, takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the River Market pavilions. The all-you-can-eat crawfish boil includes all the trimmings, live music, drinks, an auction and raffle items. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Learn more about the Louisiana-inspired event here.


Esse Pursue Museum will host Fashion Footprints: Purse-onal Stories, a celebration of the personal ties mothers, daughters, sisters and more share through clothing and accessories. A collaborative effort between the museum, the Capital Hotel, Oxford American and designer Linda Rowe Thomas, the event will feature drinks, bar fare and a confessional camera to share personal stories. Tickets are $35 and can be bought here.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s will show at Ron Robinson Theater at … Read more >

Esse Purse Museum exhibit honors 10 years of Clinton Presidential Library

Esse Purse Museum LogoEsse Purse Museum and the Clinton Presidential Center join forces for the first time for Handbags for Hillary, a temporary exhibit featuring handbags given to Hillary Clinton while she served as first lady of the United States. The exhibit opened today (Oct. 14) and runs through Nov. 30 at Esse, 1510 S. Main St. in Little Rock.

You can see Handbags for Hillary at regular museum hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday) with the price of regular admission ($10 for adults; $8 for seniors, military and students; free for ages 5 and under).

The exhibit serves to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Library.

Learn more about Esse Purse Museum and Anita Davis, the woman behind it, here.… Read more >

Vintage hat exhibit to open at Esse Purse Museum


Anita Davis knows more than just great purses. She knows stylish hats, too.

This spring, Davis’ Esse Purse Museum presents its first temporary exhibit, The Milliner’s Art, since its opening in June 2013. The exhibit features vintage hats from 1910 to 1960 from the collections of Davis and Catherine Nugent.

An opening reception (with tea and scones) for The Milliner’s Art is Sunday (April 6) from 1-4 p.m., and the exhibit will run through June 8. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

Esse Purse Museum’s permanent collection features a decade-by-decade look at women’s purses and the things inside them. The museum is located at 1510 S. Main St., Little Rock.… Read more >

One for the pocketbooks: Q&A with Anita Davis

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR. Anita Davis amongst the displays at her Esse Purse Museum in the Southside Main Street district in downtown Little Rock.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR.
Anita Davis amongst the displays at her Esse Purse Museum in the Southside Main Street district in downtown Little Rock.

This Q&A was originally published in the July 24, 2013, issue of Sync

Anita Davis’ most recent project is Esse, a museum showcasing her purse collection. The museum’s permanent exhibit looks at purses as expressions of the women who carried them, featuring not only the bags themselves, but also their contents, along with photos and informational placards to give some history of the time period. Everything about the museum, from decor and design to the detail in each display, is striking.

Q: Esse is a museum devoted to your collection of 3,000 purses, only 300 of which are displayed in the exhibit. Why are purses so special?

A: There are so many different materials they are made of — it’s kind of like art. When you get them all together, there’s metal mesh, and there’s Bakelite and Lucite and straw … just so many different things that can keep your interest.

Each of them tell a story — some of them have a really nice scent inside, and sometimes they smell like smoke. It tells … Read more >

Esse gift shop

A couple weeks ago when I was lucky enough to meet Anita Davis and get a tour of her magical museum of purses on South Main, I fell in love with the museum’s gift store. It’s a wacky, modern collection of purses, jewelry, cards and more, some made by local artists and designers.

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Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.