The Fourth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards – Only One Month Left to Apply!

March 17, 2010 • Events



The 2008 Audience Fan Favorite Winner by Suzanna Scarola

Its that time again! Time to start gearing up for this year's Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Sponsored by global fashion and beauty titans like Kate Spade New York, mark. by Avon, Carlos Falchi and Timberland, the fourth installment of the annual handbag design competition will once again allow students and professional designers to choose from a variety of categories to create their ultimate handbag vision. The categories for this year are: Best Student Made Handbag, Best Handmade Handbag, Most Socially Responsible Handbag, Best Green Handbag, Audience-Selected Handbag (based on Finalists selected)   Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design, Best Use of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements, and the newest category in the competition, Most Innovative Handbag Inspired by mark. by Avon beauty. 


The 2008 Best Student-Made Handbag Winner by Clara Yoo for CLARAYOO

Hosted by InStyle magazine, the staff of Parsons The New School for Design class Handbag Designer 101 will review all submissions at a Prescreening Event in late April. At this Prescreening, HB101 will choose five finalists in each category who will be judged on the merits of their submitted designs. All finalists will be invited to the Independent Handbag Designer Awards ceremony, which will take place in June 16th, 2010 at Parsons.  Over 500 members of the fashion industry, including press and retailers, will attend the Awards, (which means amazing exposure in addition to the wealth of dream-worthy prizes!) The winners from each category will be picked by a Fashion Panel of esteemed and influential handbag design professors, experts, editors, stylists, and buyers and awarded their prizes accordingly.

The 2008 Best Green Handbag Winner by Helen Marcoschamer

Prizes include an apprenticeship with famed designer Carlos Falchi for Best Student Made Handbag; creating a limited edition handbag and pattern for Singer Sewing Company and Coats and Clark for Best Handmade Handbag;  a crystal sponsorship with free access to crystals and Swarovski know how, to produce a limited edition collection of the winner's bag, as well as the winning handbag will be featured in several CRYSTALLIZED™ channels and communication tools in the US and internationally with industry and end consumer exposure for Best Use of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements; the chance to be reproduced and sold on the with a mark. designer feature for the newest category, Most Innovative Handbag Inspired by mark. by Avon; a chance to collaborate with Timberland to develop a product for sale in its stores for Best Green Handbag; get the opportunity to have their bags featured on WorldofGood by eBay and gain exposure on a worldwide platform for Most Socially Responsible Handbag and the winning designer for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design will not only create a limited edition bag under the kate spade new york brand name, have their bags sold at Saks Fifth Avenue but also receive a booth with full marketing and promotion (over $10,000 value) at WWDMAGIC.

Sound too good to be true? Well, it's not! Anyone of these fab prizes is possible! If you are a budding handbag design student or designer in the Chicago area, then you still have a month to apply! Applications will be taken NO LATER THAN APRIL 15th so get those creative juices flowing! Follow this IHDA link for entry qualifications for each category. And when you're the It handbag designer for the stars, just don't forget where you heard it first!

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One Response to The Fourth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards – Only One Month Left to Apply!

  1. Mary says:

    The Handbag Designer Awards are a very positive reinforcement to the new talents that are still out there.

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