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Monday, May 18, 2009

2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards: Señora Cartera's Picks

One of my favorite resource sites, Handbag Designer 101, is hosting its 3rd Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards Wednesday, June 17th at The New York Historical Society in NYC. The event is a wonderful way to honor today's bright and extremely talented handbag designers. From design students to emerging designers to established independent labels, the IHDA has a category for everyone. I encourage all our readers to take a few minutes and express their love of handbags by voting for their favorite designs in all categories. I've taken the opportunity not only to vote but to pick my favorites and share them with you. Just imagine all the hard work these designers put into making such unique and diverse bags. The least we can do is show them how much we appreciate their efforts and the fabulous end results.

  • Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design: Alice Tapajos (Zibba)
  • Most Socially Responsible Handbag: Maria Estrada (IGNES)
  • Best Use of Crystallized Swarovski Elements: Heather Choi (Far Far Away)
  • Best Student-Made Handbag: Susan Jina Lee (Movement) Parsons The New School For Design
  • Best Green Handbag: Andres Stickney (DRES)
  • Best Handmade Handbag: Alexis Campagna (Antibellum)


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