On June 15, the 10th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards took place at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City. Fashion Industry elite, professionals and handbag enthusiasts alike flocked to the awards show to view the designs of the next generation of handbag designers. This year they were in for a pure treat! Each designer was extremely unique and brought their own charm, style and sophistication to their well crafted bag.
Emily Blumenthal, founder of the IHDA created the ultimate platform for independent and bright eyed handbag designers. Her passion for wanting the world to be a more stylish place, one purse at a time is truly inspiring. This year’s awards show was spectacular with designers ranging from the US and internationally.
You can catch more of the awards show as I take you on an exclusive tour in the video above.
Below is the full list of designers!
The Lug Life Best Student Made Handbag: Carolina Kuhnen Ecco of Carolina Ecco
The Bernina Best Handmade Handbag: Angela Olson of Angela Valentine Handbags
The Basic Adhesives Best Green Handbag: Hanna Varner of HR Deneau
The Fashion 4 Development Best Most Socially Responsible Handbag: Jacqueline Suriano
The Mary Kay Wear With Confidence Bag: Zhe Liu of Zhe
The Trina Turk Best Resort Style Bag: Cathleen Nicol of C.Nicol
All About The Logo by Guess Handbags: Adrian Furstenburg
The Pantone Wild Card Bag: Stacy Chan
The EVINE Live Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design: Tiffany Wu & Lynn Lu of Heirloom
The InStyle.com Audience Fan Favorite: Yanique Moore of Ollie Quinn