LAST CHANCE! Deadline to Enter Independent Handbag Designer Awards is Tomorrow!

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Are you a handbag designer?

April 28th is the deadline to enter the 12th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™, presented by Handbag Designer 101 and created by Emily Blumenthal, so get those submissions ready!

Handbag Designer 101 invites you to compete in the 12th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, the only handbag competition of its kind in the world. To see all the 2017 winners, click here.

This is your opportunity to submit your handbag and compete for one of nine awards in handbag excellence, international recognition and a variety of coveted prizes at the awards ceremony held in New York City on June 13th, 2018.

To participate in the open call, you are required to upload one digital jpeg image any one or more of the following categories below.

The deadline for entry is Saturday, April 28th, 2018, at midnight.
To learn more, click link:

2017 IHDA Winners


The UBM Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design – Winner will have the opportunity to have a 10×10 booth in July 2018 or January 2019 at Circuit@Project or AccessoriesTheShow with full marketing and promotion. Winner will also receive a mentorship with Hilldun, and a brand consultancy with the Accessory Think Tank.

The Global Brands Group Best Student Made Handbag – Winner will receive the opportunity to work with GBG as a coveted design apprentice working with their esteemed brand assortment.

The BERNINA Best Handmade Handbag – Winner will receive the BERNINA 560 sewing machine. In addition, winners will have the prestigious opportunity to be an Ambassador for BERNINA in creating blogs and projects for BERNINA social media and We All Sew Blog.

The Basic Adhesives Best Green Handbag – Winner will have the opportunity to be a brand ambassador for the eco-industry top brand, Basic Adhesives, and enough Basic Adhesives glue and edge paint for 1000 bags.

The Most Socially Responsible Handbag – Winner will receive a collaboration with a major socially responsible brand.

The Best Retail Bag Presented by Macy’s – Winner will receive an opportunity to be part of The Workshop at Macy’s 


The Heritage Bag Inspired by Guess – Winner will garner the opportunity to potentially collaborate with the Guess Handbag Design Team using the winning bag as inspiration.

The Pure & Natural Yoga Bag Inspired by TAJA Coconut – Winner will garner the opportunity to potentially collaborate with the exciting launch of the 100% pure and natural coconut water, TAJA Coconut, using the winning bag as inspiration.

The Aimee Kestenberg Signature Satchel – Winner will garner the opportunity to potentially collaborate with the Aimee Kestenberg Handbag Design Team using the winning bag as inspiration; receive a one on one strategy meeting; be featured on Aimee Kestenberg Social Platforms; receive a finished professionally made sample of the final bag design; and be considered for an apprenticeship with The Affordable Luxury Group in New York City.

The Audience Fan Favorite Handbag – Based on Finalists selected by & to be featured in

And by the way – All Winners will receive a yearlong membership with the Accessories Council.

To apply, click here! 

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