The 9th Annual Independent Handbag Awards

Dara Senders - The Style Senders - Handbag Awards

IMG_5754 As a budding handbag designer (project in the works) it was such a thrill to attend the 9th Annual Independent Handbag Awards on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the SVA Theater in New York City. It is such a thrill to see those who put all of their efforts into making a business for themselves go after their dreams and be successful in their own right. The awards ceremony which had over 400 industry guests in attendance including designers, celebrities, bloggers, influencers, and industry supporters; was produced and hosted by Handbag Designer 101 founder Emily Blumenthal.


The finalists and winners of the 9th Annual Independent Handbag Awards came from a pool of 1,500 submissions collected globally. The winners are listed below.

  • The Evine Live Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design Award

  • Mandy Chang Design Studio: Mandy Chang, USA

  • The Audience Fan Favorite Award

  • Jennifer Hamley England: Jennifer Hamley, UK

  • The Trina Turk Best Student Made Handbag Award

  • GRIP Handbags: Danielle Gumina, Pepperdine University, USA

  • The Bernina Best Handmade Handbag Award

  • Kabo Leather: Boris Matveev, USA

  • The Klean Kanteen Best Green Handbag Award

  • GUNAS: Sugandh Agrawal, USA

  • The Fashion 4 Development Most Socially Responsible Handbag Award

  • Leonor: Ana Maria Plata, Colombia, Made in Colombia

  • The Mary Kay Most Irresistible Makeup Bag Award

  • Carla Lopez: Emilia Arzua & Carla Lopez, Spain

  • The Stand Out & Look Great Work Bag by MOO Award

  • Jennifer Hamley England: Jennifer Hamley, UK

  • Distinctly Denim by Guess Handbags – Denim by Guess Handbags Award

  • Mary Lai: Marylai New York, USA

  • The Iconoclast Award for Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design

  • Rebecca Minkoff


All of the winning handbags will be featured in the 2015 September issue of InStyle magazine! How amazing is that? 

Mazel Tov to ALL of the finalists and winners who made their mark and will continue to make their mark on the fashion industry! I can’t wait to wear all of your amazing handbags one day!

xoxo Dara Senders – The Style Senders

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