Welcome to another installment of the ESSE Purse Project, in which we proudly present our first male participant's bag and belongings. Yes, some people would call it a "murse," but we just call it marvelous.

Bryant Phelan, whose bags we proudly sell in The Store at ESSE, currently carries this bag that he made. Within it, he totes, "my wallet, also Ó Faoláin (my brand); my business cards; extra lookbooks from my collection for business meetings; my notebook; my sketchbook; a pen, pencil and extra lead; Chapstick; a Neely Phelan jewelry bag (she's a cousin of mine and does awesome work) – I carry this in case I decide to take jewelry off so I'll have a place to keep it together and safe."
He also manages to fit in his laptop, charger cable, a USB flash drive and h headphones. That's one well-made and well-packed bag!


Next we  have a creative director and part-time bartender from Little Rock who's willing to bare her soul for ESSE.

At 27, Brittany Hallmark has gotten tidy purse packing down to a fine art, though she's modest about it.
"My bag is a conglomeration of too many lipsticks, borrowed or thrifted finds and tools to whip up a cocktail or open a beer on the fly," she says. An interesting item of note is her "alphabetcal Moleskine used as cocktail recipe book."[/caption]

Our last participant for today is a young art teacher with class. We love her use of color!


Amanda Heinbockel, who lives in the same neighborhood as ESSE, teaches art at historic Central High School, also in the neighborhood we call home. Her Vera Pelle bag was made in Italy. We love the matching iPhone case and memory stick and complementary-color wallet – an appropriate color scheme for an artist.
Item of note: "My grandmother's pill box filled with Ibuprofen," because everyone knows that teaching, though rewarding, can be a headache.

That concludes this episode of our series. And now a word from our sponsors:

If you'd like to join the project, simply send a clear, medium resolution photo (no whopper files, please) to 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.

We'd love for you to describe any meaningful or important items you carry, if you're so moved, and/or to describe the bag itself. But, again, that's optional.

Please also include this statement:  "I give The ESSEntial Blog full permission to use this photo."

Until next time …