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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.


Celebrity Wrap Up: Summer Bags


Summertime and the livin’ is easy… Well, even though it’s not officially summer yet, but the weather sure likes to think … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrap Up: Overnight Bags


Don’t you just hate when people arrive at hotels, spas, even airports with their cute “matchy-matchy” getaway bags? And you stand … [Read more...]

The College Report: Laptop/Tech Bags


Stylish handbag isn’t limited to just purses or or travel bags, and snaps all around for the designers who have picked up on this … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrap Up: Laptop/Tech Bags


Living in a fast-paced world sometimes can be a little inconvenient. Not only carrying a heavy bag can be a burden, but also … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrap Up: Wild Shape Bags


Wild thing. You make my heart sing. That song explains how I feel towards ‘wild shape bags’. Not only it fits perfectly with the … [Read more...]

The College Report: Wild shaped bags


When I hear “wild shaped bags” I immediately think of very peculiar designs by luxury handbag designers, usually put into runway … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrap Up: Wallets


Isn’t it frustrating when you open your wallet and all of a sudden a river of pennies, dimes and a few quarters just gushes out … [Read more...]

London report: A Perfectly British Clutch


Seeing as I am British, I thought I might wave my flag a little in this post and introduce you to this perfect clutch.This … [Read more...]

London Report: The Stylish “Mummy Bag”


The term “yummy mummy” is hard to achieve when lugging around a huge diaper bag.The moment a fashion-loving women has a baby … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrap Up: Designers to Watch


Happy first day of Spring y’all. What’s better than celebrating this not-so-hot weather with a few new handbag designers for us to … [Read more...]

The College Report: Crossbody Bags


Crossbody bags are a must have for your wardrobe in college. They are the perfect bag for the chic chick on-the-go. Being a … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrap Up: Cross Body


Cross body bags, they are truly the best. When I was younger, and a little naïve, I thought cross body bags were weird and not … [Read more...]