Handbag Designer 101 revealed the winners of the Tenth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™ (IHDA) last night at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York City.  Hosted by founder Emily Blumenthal, over 400 industry insiders, designers and celebrity supporters came out to celebrate the new and novel in handbag design.

From a pool of 1,500 submissions collected globally, winner were named in the ten distinct categories, Heirloom Handbags secured top honors as the recipient of the EVINE Live Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design, while Ollie Quinn proved most popular; taking home the awards for the InStylw.com Audience Fan Favorite.


The EVINE Live Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design: Tiffany Wu & Lynn Lu, HEIRLOOM HANDBAGS, USA


The InStyle.com Audience Fan Favorite: Yanique Moore, OLLIE QUINN, USA



The TRINA TURK  Best Resort Bag:  Cathleen Nicol, C. Nicol, UK


The LUG LIFE Best Student Made Handbag: Carolina Kuhnen Ecco, Carolina Ecco, Nottingham Trent University, Brazil


 The BERNINA Best Handmade Handbag:  Angela Olson, Angela Valentine Handbags, USA


 The BASIC ADHESIVES Best Green Handbag: Hanna Varner, HR Deneau, USA


The FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT Most Socially Responsible Handbag: Jacqueline Suriano, Jacqueline Suriano, El Salvador, Made in El Salvador


The MARY KAY® Wear with Confidence Bag: Zhe Liu, ZHE, China


ALL ABOUT THE LOGO By GUESS Handbags:  Adrian Furstenburg, Adrian Furstenburg, South Africa

pantone_stacychanThe PANTONE Wild Color Card Bag: Stacy Chan, Stacy Chan, UK


Julee Wilson, Digital Fashion and Beauty Director of Essence magazine, presented the ICONOCLAST Award for Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design to MZ Wallace. Accessorie Circuit sponsored the ICONOCLAST category and was presented by Tom Nastos, President & CEO, ENK International of Women’s & Children’s Fashion. Kahlana Barfield, Fashion and Beauty Editor-­‐at-­‐Large of InStyle magazine was also on hand to announce the Winner of the InStyle.com Audience Fan Favorite.

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