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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.www.hbdnetwork.com

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Celebrity Wrap Up: Tween Bags

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Tweens can be an awkward phase, where they aren’t little kids anymore but aren’t quiet yet teenagers, that wants to be seen differently than they were. This is the age where playing with Barbies is too immature for them. It’s the age they want to be seen as an almost teenager, someone who can almost-but-not-yet go to a PG 13 movie, someone whose bedtimegot bumped up to 9PM. Tween fashion can be influenced by many young celebrities like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. But since these celebrities are opting for expensive designer bags, tween girls are left wondering and hoping … Continue reading

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The College Report: Bags for Tweens

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Im back today with a college report on “bags for tweens.” At first I was contemplating on what a college student would want with a bag for a “tween,” but then it hit me… How many of us college students have younger siblings 16 and under? (By the way, this is what I consider a tween… Ages may vary according to everyones opinion) Well, It is entirely common that us college people have younger siblings and what better gift for a handbag lover to give to a younger sibling but a handbag? Any excuse to shop for a bag. … Continue reading

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Celebrity Wrap Up: Backpacks

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Dora the Explorer, Power Rangers, Batman, SpiderMan… that is what comes to my mind when I think of backpacks. Why, you may ask? Because I associate backpacks with little kids running off to school. But I’m not the only one who thinks like this. Backpacks are such concrete, masculine bags that we often forget they are actually good bags that could make our lives 90% easier. Other than feeling like I’m off to the Grand-Canyon for a hike, backpacks have made it to the fashion world where and has become a hip bag to carry around the city. This … Continue reading

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The College Report: Backpacks!

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I am so excited to be tackling the topic of backpacks on this College Report! Thus far, all topics have been different types of handbags, or bags that aren’t typically used to hold school books (I acknowledge that some people prefer carrying their school essentials in a tote or satchel or different type of handbag, which is totally fine, kudos to them, but I am a backpack kinda chick). I can say with pride I am one of the girls who chooses to bear the weight on my back versus my shoulder – which is why this topic makes … Continue reading

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Celeb Wrap Up: Structured Bags

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Structured bags. To me those are two words I associate with business and pants suits. Some people like the business oriented world and all the ‘structure’ that comes with it, but at times it can be a little overwhelming. In the past years these structured bags have shifted their image and became the most wanted bag in the market. Structure bags have changed from its business oriented clientele and made it’s way to the wonderful world of high fashion. Celebrities now a days choose these firm rectangular accessories as a part of expressing themselves. Popular designer like Celine, Prada, … Continue reading

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The College Report: Slouchy Bags

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I feel like slouchy bags are given a bad rap. Maybe it’s because of its name, because “structured” sounds more posh… but I think slouchy bags can be equally as stylish. Where structured bags have an obvious niche in the workplace, slouchy bags are more down to earth everyday bags by nature, but the thing is they don’t have to be. Another great thing about slouched bags is the fact that designers have decided that a happy medium can be achieved by making bags both slouchy and structured at the same time.   Take this Coach Legacy Leather duffle. … Continue reading

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Celeb Wrap Up: Slouchy Bags

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Bags, bags, and more bags! Celebrity wrap up this week is on the wonderful and unique slouchy handbags we all seem to like but are afraid of the commitment. Owning the so called “slouchy” handbag is like a marriage, you fall in love with it, get sick of it and want it gone. But this is the third part of this so called “marriage”, where you get to fall in love with it all over again!! The problem with slouchy bags, other than the unpleasant name, it’s not very convenient. It can be too small for some, and weird … Continue reading

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Competition: Be in a Race Against Yourself. Only.

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I am asked all the time by designers, I am worried to show my bag since someone is going to knock it off. I must send a wake-up call to everyone to main things: 1) no one is going to knock you off if your bag doesn’t have sales and traction behind it and 2) your bag has probably be done before and if it hasn’t–be forewarned–there must have been a reason why. Handbags are not art like a painting. You do not want your customer to buy them and hang them on the wall. … Continue reading

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Handbag Awards: We Have Come So Far

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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 … Continue reading

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The College Report: Structured Bags

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Whats the first handbag investment I could recommend for college students all over the world like me? A structured handbag. Whys this you may ask? Well, as you know, unless you have an abundance of cash to spend on as many handbags as you want – which for me is only in my dreams – you need a bag that is, like i’ve said before, multi-functional. Consider a structured handbag a staple piece in your closet. I hate to be redundant, but a college blog is all about saving some cash where you can, right? So lets explore why a … Continue reading

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Celeb Wrap Up: Hobo Bags

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Hobo bags, the most wanted handbag style by women. The name already says it all: hobo. It’s hip; it’s convenient; it’s fun, and it can also be the most fashionable accessory to own. The lowdown on these bags, it’s easy to carry—unlike a clutch that constantly needs to be carried. It’s like having the perfect jeans fit your body, in this case it’s the perfect strap to comfort your shoulders. This week we saw celebrities like Carly Rae Jepsen, the “Call Me Maybe” singer (please do call her, maybe to find out where she got her bag), and Reese … Continue reading