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What’s Haute and the Independent Handbag Designer Awards

2nd Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards Finalists

What’s Haute is a friend to Handbag Designer 101 so I was honored to join the preliminary judging panel for the 2nd Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Over 600 photos were submitted and I, along with Handbag Designer 101 founder Emily Blumenthal and several others, pored through all of them to select five finalists in each of the following categories:

Best Green Handbag, Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design, Best Handmade Handbag, Best Student-Made Handbag, and Most Socially Responsible Handbag.

It was difficult to choose since the quality of the bags was incredible, and the talent in the handbag world is simply amazing! But here’s a look at a few of my faves who were picked to be finalists (their bags are pictured above)

Nelle Handbags: I fell in love with her adorable black ruffled clutch, as did the other judges. The detail is perfect – can you believe it’s handmade?

Diego Rocha: another stunningly handmade python bag, though we nominated this one for Best Overall Design. The design, detail and construction are incredible.

Lina Motoki: we were captivated by this student-made red hobo-style handbag and can’t wait to see it in person!

How could you not love gorgeous handbags that help to save the environment and give back to their communities? Tracy Penwell‘s ‘green’ bag is made up of recycled watches – how cool! And La Chica Chic works with TodosPelaeducacao, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering the children of Brazil and the bags are beautiful!

Congratulations to these and all the rest of the finalists!

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1 response to "What’s Haute and the Independent Handbag Designer Awards"

  1. anjelina says:

    Handbags are looking very nice. Well designed easy to carry.
    The children of Brazil and the bags are beautiful.
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