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Talking Handbags with Handbag Designer 101’s Emily Blumenthal

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As Handbag Designer 101 gears up for its 10th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards (winners are announced June 15th), we caught up with Handbag Designer 101 founder Emily Blumenthal to talk handbags, the awards, and her growing e-commerce site handbagdesigner101.com. What has changed since you launched your first Independent Handbag …

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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