Deadline Approaching to Apply for 7th Annual Independent Handbag Design Awards!

2013ihdalogoGet your handbag samples and sketches ready! If you want to apply to this year’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards, the clock is ticking!

All entries must be received by 11:59pm (EST) on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Click here to learn more.

Run by The HBDNetwork and now in its 7th year, the Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards are the only handbag competition of its kind in the world.

Submit your handbag design and compete for one of six awards in handbag excellence, international recognition and a variety of coveted prizes at the awards ceremony held in New York. Winners will also be featured in the September issue of InStyle magazine.To participate in the open call, you are required to upload one digital jpeg image to one or more of the following categories:

  • Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design: Winner will receive a booth at WWDMAGIC, the opportunity to develop a capsule collection for Bloomingdale’s, and a collaboration with 2012 ICONOCLAST Recipient Rafé.
  • Charming Charlie Best Student Made Handbag: Winner will receive the opportunity to collaborate with charming Charlie, the hottest store across America
  • Brother Best Handmade Handbag:  Winner will receive a designer profile and guest blogging opportunity on the BrotherSews Facebook page ( as well as a feature-packed computerized sewing machine from the Simplicity® by BrotherTM line.
  • The Timberland Best Green Handbag: Winner will receive the chance to collaborate with Timberland to have their product for sale in the Timberland stores.
  • Most Socially Responsible Handbag: Winner will receive a marketing feature with JP Selects/The Patron Spirits Company.
  • Audience Fan Favorite Handbag: Based on Finalists Selected hosted by
The 2012 IHDA winners as featured in InStyle magazine.

The 2012 IHDA winners as featured in InStyle magazine.




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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine

As Editor-in-Chief 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 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.

  • susie faulks

    Handbag awards? Yay! Brilliant idea!