Emily Blumenthal

Things Emerging Handbag Designers Think They Know–But Don’t (Part 1)

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This is the first installment of From the Trenches--Expert Opinion from Those Who Know Best. Here, Emily Blumenthal, founder of … [Read more...]

Presenting the 9th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards Winners

Mandy Chang accepting her IHDA for theThe EVINE Live Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design

New York—When it began nine years ago, the Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA) seemed like a good idea, providing some much … [Read more...]

Finalists for 8th Annual IHDA Selected

Narrowing the Field: Preliminary Judging Panel selected finalists

New York—The 8th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA) is a step closer to naming this year’s winners.The awards, … [Read more...]

8th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards Seeks Submissions

This handbag by Maria Lamanna won Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design in 2013.

New York—The most anticipated awards in the handbag industry are coming soon and so is the call for all independent handbag … [Read more...]

10 Minutes With… Emily Blumenthal of Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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New York--Accessories caught up with the ever-energetic Emily Blumenthal, founder of Handbag Designer 101, the Independent Handbag … [Read more...]

Winners of 7th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards Announced

This year's IDHA Iconoclast honoree Rafé Totengco with Ann Caruso, stylist. (Photos by Andrew Werner)

New York—It was nail biter  Wednesday evening since more than 1,000 handbag designs were submitted to this year’s HBDNetwork’s … [Read more...]

HBD Network Hosts “Inside the Handbag Studio” Meetup

From left: Carlos Falchi, Monica Botkier, Rafe, Emily Blumenthal

New York—Handbag greats Carlos Falchi, Monica Botkier and Rafe got together last week to discuss their beginnings in handbags and … [Read more...]

HBDNetwork Launches as Multi-Property Platform

HBDNetwork founder Emily Blumethal chats with handbag icon Carlos Falchi at the 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 … [Read more...]

They’re In: 2012 Winners of Independent Handbag Designer Awards

IHDA Best Overall: Mint Green Clutch by Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai, ita Collection

New York—Handbag designs were the center of attention on Wednesday night among the Big Apple's fashion elite. And deservedly so at … [Read more...]

Enter the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards!

2011's Best Overall Style and Design winner, Italian designer Fabiola Pedrazzini

New York--With all the aspiring handbag designers who watched "Project Accessory" on Lifetime last season, we're betting there … [Read more...]

Handbag 101 and Handbags.com Offer Workshop

Can't make the workshop? Check out Handbag Designer 101, by Handbag 101's Emily Blumenthal

New York—Are you an aspiring handbag designer? Or maybe an existing one that just needs a refresher course on how to amp up your … [Read more...]

Want to Design the Next It Bag? This Book Can Help!

Handbag Designer 101 Book cover

Want to create the next “It” bag?You’ll be smart to check out “Handbag Designer 101, Everything You Need to Know About … [Read more...]