Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA)


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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—Well it looks like Ron Johnson, the disgraced former chief executive at JCPenney, is no longer the retail industry’s … [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...]

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...]

Aimee Kestenberg: The Busiest Handbag Designer?

Aimee Kestenberg

New York—If there ever was an elixir that could stave off laziness or lackadaisical behavior, it would be to bottle up designer … [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...]

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...]

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...]