Inside ESSE’s Revealing New Exhibit

Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism A new temporary exhibit at ESSE Purse Museum in Little Rock’s SoMa neighborhood highlights an unexpected mid-century trend in handbag design: plastic. “The Power of Plastics: Reshaping Mid-century Fashion” focuses primarily on the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, when plastics were experiencing a design heyday after…