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The Independent Handbag Designer Awards; Have You Applied Yet?

It’s Oscar time, and the entire fashion industry is a buzz with awards; wondering who’s wearing which designer, beauty trends, what jewelry will be showcased…oh yeah and who gets an Oscar.  While I’m interested in this as well, there’s another awards buzz that has worked its way into my radar; The Independent Handbag Awards.

Handbag 101 Awards

For the past four years Handbag 101, a great resource for accessory designers, has put on an awards show for Handbag Designers from all over the globe.  This year is no different.  The awards take place June 15, 2011 and applications are currently being accepted.

I have to say, not too long ago, I attended one of Handbag 101’s Meetups and was treated to a panel discussion and interviews with past winners. Each designer’s work was so very different from any other’s, but all were well thought out, functional, and aesthetically beautiful.

Think you have what it takes?  Submit your bag design for the chance to compete for one of 9 categories in handbag excellence:

    • Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design
    • InStyle Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag
    • Artisan House Award by Isabella Fiore
    • Best Use of Swarvorski Elements
    • Best Student Made Handbag Inspired by the colors of vitaminwater
    • Best Handmade Handbag
    • Best Green Handbag
    • Most Socially Responsible Handbag
    • Audience Fan Favorite Handbag


Good Luck!


About Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder and CEO of StartUp FASHION and has been critical in the launch of hundreds of independent designers’ successful fashion businesses. Prior to StartUp FASHION, she founded a private label accessories brand, led operations for an international textile distributor, and assisted with the raw materials sourcing for labels including Jill Stuart, Prabal Gurung, and Isaac Mizrahi.
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