HBDNetwork Launches as Multi-Property Platform

HBDNetwork founder Emily Blumethal chats with handbag icon Carlos Falchi at the Sixth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

New York—A victim of its own success, Handbag Designer 101 has outgrown its name.

The new HBDNetwork is a more appropriate moniker for an industry organization that connects designers, retailers, consumers and industry experts on a global scale.

“After over a decade of working with and for independent handbag designers, we are thrilled to announce the HBDNetwork, which will serve as a home for all of our current and future initiatives, from a shopping site to educational panels and webinars,” says founder Emily Blumenthal.

“As our brand has grown, it has become apparent that the formation of a larger parent company was a vital key to our continued success. The birth of the HBDNetwork will be followed immediately by the launch of new properties and talent initiatives in early 2013. We look forward to sharing what we have on the way!”

HBDNetwork Properties

Below is a list of the current properties that now fall under the HBDNetwork.

Handbag Designer 101: Launched in 2006, Handbag Designer 101 is a resource and community for the industry to discover new handbag designers worldwide. A weekly newsletter reaches out to handbag designers, students and faculty, press, M&A/private equity companies, celeb spotting fans.

The Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA): entering its 7th year in 2013, this acclaimed accessories event challenges both emerging and established independent handbag innovators to create the next “IT BAG” in various categories. Winners receive a feature in InStyle Magazine.

Handbag Designer 101 Store: A new addition, the store allows fans of Handbag Designer 101 to purchase featured handbags off the site.

HBDSTUDIO:  This upcoming platform will utilize Handbag Designer 101’s talent pool to create an independent designer-driven line with a retailer (as yet to be announced).

The Handbag Designer 101 Workshop: Workshops and panel discussions led by handbag brand owners, key media figures and tastemakers cover all topics relevant to independent designers.

HBD Webinar Series:  A monthly series of educational webinars to help inspire and organize handbag designers in their path to success.

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Lauren Parker, Editor, Accessories Magazine

As Editor of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.

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