Handbag Awards: We Have Come So Far

Carlos Falchi

First Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

As per my publicist’s insistence, I am going to really get into our blog. It’s tough for me considering how much one juggles on a day-to-day basis. But in looking back to how far we have come, I think it might be worth writing about.

When I came up for the idea for the Handbag Awards, I thought it would be great to have an event that focuses solely on the most profitable segment of the market and also the most saturated. I had already had my own handbag line for 7 years, worked 10 years in media and worked my way through business school developing everything else that I felt that I was respected enough in the industry to build this out.

At the time, we had 350 applicants which I thought was incredible, 500 people in attendance including the top buyers and editors, got incredible press and oh by the way, I was 8 months pregnant with my first child. We discovered some great talent like Julie Lazarus of Elezar and Katherine Kwei as well as developed a long-standing relationship with my own fairy godfather, Carlos Falchi. Looking back, I can see that what I made was worth all the labor since we have discovered so much talent since then.

To seven more year and beyond. #Handbag Awards and apply now


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Founded by Emily Blumenthal, of HandbagDesigner101.com,The Independent Handbag Designer Awards and author of Handbag Designer.101: Everything You Need to Know About Designing, Making, and Marketing Handbags, is a trend/source expert and understands the insatiable appetite of emerging and undiscovered designers. She found a gap in the oversaturated market for emerging handbag design and made a name for being the source of finding the next “IT” bag designer. Emily launched her own handbag line, Yasmena and the Yazzy Bag while getting her MBA and through those 6 years led to several licensing deals including one with Adidas and a run on QVC. She has taught “How to Launch Your Handbag Line” at the Learning Annex, Fashion PR at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, Fashion Marketing at Parsons The New School for Design, was the on the Casting Panel for Project Runway’s Spinoff, Project Accessory where she was also their official blogger. Her dedication has prompted collaborations between emerging talent and brands like Swarovski, Timberland, kate spade new york, Carlos Falchi, Kenneth Cole and Saks Fifth Avenue.