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The early bird..

Is waking up at 4am really the secret to being a successful person

While the rest of the world sleeps, a select few are rising. Sayings such as ‘the early bird catches the worm’ suggest that success comes to those who set their alarms earlier than others, but how much truth is there in that? Do people who sleep in really achieve less than those who set their alarms at times some would say is the middle of the night? And should you sack off your lie-in and start getting up early?


Not everyone who gets up early is a CEO with staff on hand to look after their every mood. For James Constantinou, CEO of Prestige Pawnbrokers, his alarm goes off at 4.45 and he might snooze until 5am. He cites many benefits of getting up early: “I’m fresh, alert and brimming with ideas. I put together a to-do list and set myself targets for the day ahead. Everything is quiet and peaceful so I have no distractions. I can catch up and respond to emails straight away and deal with any urgent phone calls. All this before 6am.”


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How to maintain the value of a watch collection

People invest in luxury watches for the pleasure of owning them and with the intention of keeping them for life, or with a view to selling for a profit at a later date. In either case there are some practical steps that you can take to maintain the value of your timepieces, or to potentially increase it.


Keeping the box, accessories and paperwork that came with the watch can be key. “The paperwork is particularly important as it will give an insight into the watch’s history,” says James Constantinou, founder of Prestige Pawnbrokers. “Some boxes are quite elaborate, they can even be limited edition. Links can be very expensive to replace, so keeping hold of any that are removed will be beneficial for the next owner.”


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Liquid assets: the rise of wine pawning


How much will I get for the 1983 Mouton Cadet I found in my grandmother’s house? And can I sell two bottles of old ruby port that I found at the back of the garage? These are questions I am often asked. The answers are: nothing, and not unless you find a sucker on eBay.


But if you have fine wine that has been properly stored, then it has never been easier to turn it into cash. This used to mean putting in a discreet call to your wine merchant – now it either means getting online or getting on to the pawnbroker.


Yes – the pawnbroker, now moving into Château Cheval Blanc and Côte d’Or as more people in need of swift cash rootle through their cellar records and ask to secure loans against what you might call their liquid assets.


“We’ve seen quite a lot of it in the past three years or so,” says Rob Davies of the National Pawnbrokers Association. “Post-2008, there are a lot of people who are asset-rich but cash-poor. As the banks have made more stringent demands on lending they find they can’t get finance through the usual channels, so there’s an increasing demand to borrow against wine, and niche pawnbrokers have popped up to service it.”


One of those is Prestige Pawnbrokers, whose headquarters are in Weybridge, Surrey, and who have opened a new office in Richmond and Manchester.


“This area is growing – there are similar patterns as in loans offered against fine art,” says chief executive James Constantinou. “Our borrowers are savvy, passionate about the wines they’ve bought or collected … they’re often businessmen who did well pre-recession – well enough, anyway, to afford to buy good wine – and who are looking to raise capital in the short term.”

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Claudia Valentin Handbag Specialist

Claudia Valentin Designer Handbag Specialist Claudia Valentin has always had a lifelong passion for handbags. As an Italian lady, you could even say it was in her blood.


Ever since she was a young girl, Claudia was enthralled with the high-fashion, luxurious accessories worn by her stylish Italian relatives. Claudia was gifted her first handbag at the tender age of 4, and still recalls fondly the smell and feel of the rich Italian leather – a formative experience that has no doubt influenced her appreciation for designer handbags.


A passion and enthusiasm soon developed in to a way of life, as Claudia became a luxury goods and handbag dealer during her time spent in Cannes, South of France. As a luxury handbag specialist and appraiser, she consulted her wealthy clients and helped them to acquire the world’s finest and rarest handbags to add to their collections.

Being a handbag specialist and aficionado, Claudia has also amassed quite the collection of her own! In a recent newspaper article, her fabulous personal collection of handbags and luggage was valued at almost £300,000! She is frequently interviewed for style and fashion columns, gracing the pages of magazine and press articles as a leading authority on designer handbags and luggage.


No stranger to the spotlight, Claudia has also starred alongside her Prestige Pawnbroker colleagues in Channel 4’s hit television series, Posh Pawn. The original British TV documentary about high-end pawnbroking, Claudia’s skills and expertise as a luxury handbag buyer featured her appraising designer handbags and other luxury items, with stories as unusual and unique as the colourful personalities presenting them!


As well as buying and loaning against luxury handbags and luggage, Claudia’s wealth of knowledge has also positioned her as one of the industry’s most prominent handbag dealers – recently selling an ultra-rare Hermès Birkin 25cm handbag for an undisclosed 5-figure sum to one of her regular clients, who wishes to remain anonymous. Claudia’s clients range from TV stars, high net worth individuals, famous musicians, wealthy aristocrats and even ladies simply hoping to get their hands on a beautiful pre-owned designer bag with exceptional savings. All have come to rely on Claudia’s contacts and extensive knowledge as the industry’s foremost luxury handbag dealer and buyer.

Claudia Valentin Designer Handbag Expert


Having valued and appraised thousands of highly-prized designer handbags during her glittering career, it goes without saying that Claudia has an eye for detail. Luxury handbag dealer Claudia can spot a counterfeit bag just at a glance, and knows all the fine, minute features to look for in genuine pieces. All the handbags on sale from the Prestige Pawnbrokers Online Store have been personally authenticated and appraised by Claudia and her expert team, so you can purchase pre-owned as well as brand new handbags with confidence – and at a fantastic price!


Click below to view the latest designer handbags on our online store:


Chanel Designer Handbags

Hermes Designer Handbags

Louis Vuitton Handbags


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If you would like to sell your designer handbags our experts headed by Claudia Valentin can appraise you items.

Rolling Stones Lost Letters

Posh Pawn Director James Constantinou acquires lost letters from Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.  James Constantinou is delighted to receive the notes. He said: ‘They are amazing things to come across. This was a real find, they are a real insight into his life in the early days of The Rolling Stones.’

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NPA Award – “Employer of the Year”

James and Deborah receiving the NPA award for “Employer of the Year” at the 2016 annual conference and awards ceremony.


































James Constantinou has joined the world of Social Media

James Constantinou has joined the world of Social Media! Follow for live videos, daily updates on his antics, Q&A sessions and more!

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Gearing Up For Posh Pawn Episode 6


Posh Pawn is well and truly into its latest season, with five ‘tell all’ episodes already under wraps. Already, we’ve seen a rollercoaster of high end action, with bespoke DJ vans, Dali masterpieces, rock royalty guitars, modified sports cars, speedboats and more.


The action is showing no signs of slowing down, with episode six packed full of stunning items, colourful characters and of course, big decisions. So what’s set to shake episode six? Read on for the scoop on what James and the team encounter…


Diamonds and deadlines


As the UK’s poshest pawnbroking entity, the Prestige Pawnbrokers team knows a thing or two about luxury jewellery. So when a sparkling sapphire and diamond rings waltzes through the doors, James and the crew are ready to pounce. Dazzling from all angles, the ring is worth a cool £100,000. With just two days to turn around a loan, James is under the hammer to get this deal done on time.


Handbags for days


When a former fashionista approaches Prestige Pawnbrokers with a collection of designer handbags, there’s no better woman for the job than self-confessed brand addict, Claudia. She knows here Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and mui mui like the back of her hand, and can’t get enough of the butter soft leather, gleaming clasps and silk linings. Needless to say, she can tell her fakes from her genuines at first glance! Will the collection fetch a fortune? Or will the fashionista leave disappointed with a collection that doesn’t quite cut the mustard?


Turning possessions into peace


As always, Posh Pawn never fails to introduce viewers to quirky characters. In episode 6, this comes in the form of a yoga devotee wanting to loan items from her past in order to invest in her future. Can the Prestige team step up and help her build a better life? While finding inner Om might not be about cash, this episode proves that it definitely helps!


A Posh Pawn episode wouldn’t be complete without a nod to some form of luxury vehicle. This episode, James is forced to make a snap decision on a classic Italian scooter that may or may not be worth a bomb. Will he take the risk and offer a loan on the gorgeous slice of Italian history? You’ll have to watch to find out!


Catch all this and more by tuning into Posh Paw episode 6 on Channel 4.



Posh Pawn Heats Up with Bicycles, Diamonds, DJ Vans and More


Now one of Channel 4’s most popular documentaries, Posh Pawn is THE place to be on a Wednesday night. As always, the latest episode is packed full of high end pawn, as well as a few wild cards thrown in for good measure. So what’s set to hit screens this week? Read on for the scoop…


James takes a ride on two wheels


Posh Pawn fanatics will know that an episode just isn’t complete without a bit of on-road action. While it’s usually in the form of luxury sports cars or racing machines, this instalment sees James get behind the handlebars of a homemade electric bike. Will he find his groove and cruise along with the wind in his hair? You’ll have to watch to find out.


Rocks, paperwork, scissors


As a team of self-confessed diamond lovers, the Posh Pawn team lights up when a shiny new rock enters the building. Generally, the precious stones come complete with paperwork that proves authenticity. So when a diamond arrives with the wrong paperwork, headaches are definitely on the cards. Will the Posh Pawn team be able to pull through and put a price on the glittering ring?


Rockin’ on the road


This episode introduces viewers to another quirky set of wheels when a bespoke DJ van cruises into Posh Pawn HQ. The customised ride packs a serious sound punch, and doesn’t conform to the usual pricing system used to value cars. Of course, no challenge is too noisy for the Posh Pawn team, who have to get creative in order to put a price tag on the van.


A bishop pawns his prized art


It’s not every day that a bishop strolls through Posh Pawn’s doors. When this holy man decides it’s time to part ways with his beloved Salvador Dali sculpture in order to help his children’s charity in Kenya, the Posh Pawn team is ready to get pawning. Get a glimpse at work from one of the most illustrious modern artists of all time, and learn more about the wonderful work being done in Kenya. A not to be missed episode for all you art lovers out there!


Another action packed episode is on the cards, but the excitement isn’t over yet. There’s still plenty of Posh Pawn to come, and Channel 4 is the place to catch all the thrills, spills and sky high price tags.


As Seen On TV

As Seen On Channel 4 TV!

Prestige Pawnbrokers – The original prime time POSH PAWN Channel 4 TV show.
Catch up on 4od Posh Pawn On Demand