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!


Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!