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Retail Bestsellers: What’s Hot Now at Handbag Designer 101


Handbag Designer 101 is a curated marketplace with the largest selection of handbags made by independent designers. HBD101 is … [Read more...]

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...]

Independent Handbag Designer Award Winner to Receive EVINE Live show

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Handbag Designer 101 has always given emerging handbag designers a shot at stardom through its highly successful Independent … [Read more...]

Finally: 2014 IHDA Annual Handbag Award Winners Revealed!

From the 8th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards: Grand Prize handbag designed byJohn Edwards of Florian London who received  the award for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design and the InStyle.com, the Audience Fan Favorite

New York—For those in handbags—especially emerging designers/brands—it’s the most anticipated event of the year. On Wednesday, the … [Read more...]

Finalists Announced in 8th Annual IHDA

Finalist Best Green Bag: Alla  Klingman

New York—Frankly it was a laborious process but an interesting one. This week, Handbag Designer 101 announced the finalists for … [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...]

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


Get your handbag samples and sketches ready! If you want to apply to this year's Independent Handbag Designer Awards, the clock is … [Read more...]

“Project Runway All Stars 2” Winner to Judge IHDA’s Best Handmade Bag Award

From being judged to being a judge: Anthony Ryan Auld

Bridgewater, NJ—Fans of Project Runway will remember him as the controversial winner of “Project Runway All Stars 2: Anthony Ryan … [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...]