Last week I attended The Ninth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™ at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York City. Forty finalists were selected from over 1500 submissions sent from five continents and twenty-eight countries
The night kicked off by a cocktail hour followed by a presentation with a welcoming speech by Emily Blumenthal the founder of IHDA. The Independent Handbag Awards (IHDA) provides emerging designers access to create what they love and get rewarded for their creations. Based on votes the IDHA finalists will receive a feature in the September issue of InStyle magazine along with a sales opportunity with EVINE live, a partnership with Guess Mary Kay®Cosmetics and more.
THE EVINE LIVE BEST HANDBAG IN OVERALL STYLE AND DESIGN
THE TRINA TURK BEST STUDENT MADE HANDBAG
THE BERNINA BEST HANDMADE HANDBAG
THE FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT MOST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HANDBAG
DISTINCTLY DENIM BY GUESS HANDBAGS
THE KLEAN KANTEEN BEST GREEN HANDBAG
THE STAND OUT AND LOOK GREAT WORK BAG BY MOO
INSTYLE.COM AUDIENCE FAN FAVORITE
JEN HAMLEY - JENNIFER HAMLEY, ENGLAND
THE MARYKAY® MOST IRRESISTIBLE MAKEUP BAG
This year the IHDA honored one of my favorite handbag designers, Rebecca Minkoff with the 2015 IHDA ICONOCLAST Award.