Alexis Bittar to Judge Carry Me! Handbag Competition

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Alexis Bittar with his signature Lucite jewelry

Memphis–Lucite International, owner of the LuciteLux acrylic brand, announced Wednesday that designer Alexis Bittar, who’s renowned for Lucite acrylic jewelry, joined the judges’ panel for its Carry Me! design competition.

The competition, which runs through October 29, honors the 75th anniversary of the innovative design material and follows the release of Janice Berkson’s new book, “Carry Me! 1950’s Lucite Handbags: An American Fashion.” The book chronicles the evolution of Lucite purses, from simple, clear designs to the inclusion of colored tints, faux jewels, pearls, stones and fabrics. The Carry Me! competition encourages professional designers as well as students based in the United States and Canada to submit their modern interpretation of vintage Lucite handbags.

“I’ve been inspired by the design possibilities of Lucite since I started making my own jewelry 20 years ago,” said Bittar. “The Lucite handbags created in the 50s are masterpieces and I look forward to seeing concepts submitted by today’s emerging designers.”

Contest Inspired by 1950s See-Through Handbags

Wildly imaginative designers shaped Lucite into rockets, torpedoes, bullets, guitars, beehives, flowers and more, making the handbags a 1950s celebrity must-have.

“The opportunity for a young designer to present his or her concepts to someone of Alexis’ stature is truly exceptional,” said Chris Robinson, business manager at Lucite International.

Bittar is the fourth and final judge for the competition. He joins Simon Ellis, business director, Lucite International Inc.; Caryn Scheidt, vintage handbag collector; and Janice Berkson, author and owner of Deco Jewels based  Manhattan’s SoHo.

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and two runner-ups will receive $1,000. Lucite International plans to create prototypes of the winning designs and exhibit them alongside vintage pieces from private collections in New York City.

About LuciteLux

As tough as it is beautiful, Licite International’s LuciteLux acrylic resists scratching and its UV protection keeps colors true.The material is easy to cut, join, form and fabricate. LuciteLux is available in an array of colors, textures and thicknesses for point-of-sale uses, displays, signage, furnishings, fashion accessories, fittings, etc.