Independent Handbag Designer Awards


This year we were once again proud sponsors of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, an awards show that displays some of the most inventive and unique accessories from designers all over the world. Now in its 8th year, the entries were out of this world! And while all of them were a spectacular feat of creativity, the winners were absolute standouts.


The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag winner, Morgan Richards, had a rustic, burnished leather bag, with matching leather tassels.


The handbag that won Best in Overall Style and Design was John Edwards’ bold, blue creation. The light blue paired with gold-toned accents made for a gorgeous combination. It also happened to be the fan favorite!



This beautiful clutch, by Gili Rozin Tamam, won the award for Best Handmade Handbag. Creating this bag took a unique process of imprinting that is usually reserved for the automotive industry. This designer is always thinking outside of the box!

Above were a few of our favorites, but check out the rest of the Independent Handbag Design Awards winners, and let us know which one YOU love!



Top 5 DIY Handbags


After wearing the same coat everyday during this wintery weather, we’ve been looking for cool accessories to change things up!  Handbags really make a difference to any outfit.  After making our DIY Spiked Shoulder Handbag on Monday, we were completely intrigued to find more options and these are our other favorite DIY handbags!

DIY Striped Leather Handbag via Trinkets in Bloom


DIY Glitter Accent Handbag via Stars for Streetlights


DIY Decoupage Floral Handbag via Honestly WTF


DIY Scarf Handbag via Swellmayde


DIY Neon Handbag via Glitter ‘N Glue


2nd Annual Independent Handbag Designer Award




Handbag Designer 101 invites you to compete in the Second Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™, the only handbag competition of its kind in the world.To participate in the open call, you are required to upload one digital jpeg image any one or more of the following categories:

Best Student Made Handbag Best Handmade Handbag
Most Socially Responsible Handbag Best Green Handbag
Audience-Selected Handbag Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design


All finalists will be invited to participate in the Second Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™ that will take place on June 18, 2008, at the New York Historical Society in New York City. Over 500 members of the fashion industry, including press and retailers, will attend the Independent Handbag Designer Awards™.

Win the opportunity to have your bags:

  • Be part of a full international marketing and press tour on Handbag Designer 101
  • Sold in Henri Bendel, featured in their renowned window display and even get an apprenticeship with their design team
  • Featured on Bag, Borrow or Steal
  • Worn on a famous celebrity on ABC’s All My Children
  • Showcased at WWDMAGIC with a free booth and display-Be the BEST in its category

To learn more check or

The deadline for entry is Friday, April 18, 2008.

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