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Handbag Designer 101 announced the finalists for the Thirteenth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™ to be held June 12th at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York City. Forty finalists have been selected from almost 2000 submissions sent from 5 continents and 28 countries. The brainchild of handbag designer turned curator, Emily Blumenthal, the “Handbag Awards” (www.thehandbagawards.com) provides emerging designers access to business and brand-bolstering prizes.

Some of these up for grabs include having their bag sold at Macy’s and opportunity to work Nine West and two past IHDA Winners, Aimee Kestenberg with her uber-successful eponymous line and Christopher Belt, who is Creative Director for the Korean brand, Harrian, that is now launching in the US.

This year the IHDA will honor celebrated designer, Patricia Nash, with the 2019 IHDA ICONOCLAST Award.  

Below are the finalists in each category. Their submissions and personal videos can each be viewed at http://thehandbagawards.com/finalists/2019

This year’s Audience Fan Favorite is hosted by Bella Magazine where the handbag obsessed can vote on the next “it bag” brand and the winner will be featured in-book in BELLA Magazine.

YOU CAN VOTE ONCE PER DAY PER CATEGORY UNTIL VOTING CLOSES ON JUNE 5TH, 2019!

Category: The COTERIE Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design

These bags represent the best execution in complete style and design. Winner will have the opportunity to have a 10×10 booth in 2019 or 2020 in the COTERIE marketplace with full marketing and promotion. Winner will also receive a mentorship with Hilldun, and a brand consultancy with the Accessory Think Tank.

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Florina Sirman, atribut, Romania

Category : The COTERIE Best Handbag in Ov ..

 

A notebook awaits to be written blending classical maroquinerie techniques with innovative elements, the designer encourages women to write their stories, with confidence, everyday! Atribut is a creative space meant for practicing creativity. Atribut is about mixing materials and

Jeffrey Wan You Sew, Jeff Wan, Inc., Mauritius

Category : The COTERIE Best Handbag in Ov ..

 

The inspiration for The Le Morne Lunch Box came to Jeffrey when a good friend of his, from his home-country of Mauritius, came to visit him for the first time in Manhattan. They were deciding what to eat for

Noha Aly, Manoya, Egypt

Category : The COTERIE Best Handbag in Ov ..

 

The inspiration for this bag came from the designer’s middle eastern culture, who very much like geometric designs inspired by islamic motifs but borrow elements from all aspects of middle eastern culture and arts.

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Clare Hynes, Clare Hynes, UK

Category : The COTERIE Best Handbag in Ov ..

 

Whilst living in the Philippines these past three years Clare discovered some beautiful pieces of woven rattan furniture, this led me to discover the Solihiya weave- a Rattan sunburst pattern weave.

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Anita Varga, Pavaabags, Hungary

Category : The COTERIE Best Handbag in Ov ..

 

This bag was inspired by sail and its appearance in modern art.

 

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Category: The Best Retail Bag Presented by Macy’s

These bags represent the best that were perfect for the Macy’s customer. Winner will receive a spot in the 2020 Workshop @ Macy’s.

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Elena Bourbour Ajdari, Neleni, Iran/USA

Category : The Best Retail Bag Presented ..

 

This bag design is a multi-function tote and cross-body that is well-made and has many functional details for organizing the stuff inside the bag. The mix of textures will translate to a consumer who wants to invest in a

Leyla Yucel, L. YUCEL, USA

Category : The Best Retail Bag Presented ..

 

This bag will stand out with it’s bold yet minimal geometic shape and eye-catching shiny gold hardware cat ears frame. Upon looking inside, she will find it lined in plush red vegan suede, which gives it extra tactile allure.

Sabrina Yuanwen Zeng, Sabrina Zeng, China/USA

Category : The Best Retail Bag Presented ..

 

Fashionable vintage silhouette: Crafted from Italian smooth leather, this small timeless style is defined by the pleats front flap and a vintage-inspired silhouette. Versatile: The cotton twill- lined interior is divided into two compartments for easy organization. Wear it

Brandon Blackwood, Brandon Blackwood New York, USA

Category : The Best Retail Bag Presented ..

 

For Brandon, this bag has a more minimalistic contemporary look. It stands out from any standard bag because of its versatility. It’s sleek enough to take to work or a night out on the town. With that said, in

Sage Aubrey Loman, S A G E A U B R E Y, USA

Category : The Best Retail Bag Presented ..

 

Sage Aubrey is a woman owned and operated company, I believe the values of the MACY’S customer will resonate with my brand. “These bag wont change the world, but the women who wear them will.”

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Category: The Harrian Student Made Handbag

These bags were all created by student designers. Winner will receive the opportunity to work with Harrian, a famed global brand that is launching in the US as a coveted design apprentice working with their esteemed brand assortment.

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Alejandro Guillen, Alava, Fashion Institute of Tec..

Category : The Harrian Student Made Handb ..

 

In terms of technology, Alejandro Guillen did not use any in the creation of this bag. For this stage in his design career, he found it best to use the foundational instruments of design and allow paper and pencil

Erin Salko, Pointe Reimagined, Parsons The New Sch..

Category : The Harrian Student Made Handb ..

 

Erin Salko hand makes her bags out of old pointe shoes that would typically be thrown away. She is in the process of getting them out there and selling them.

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Alison Chang, Alison Chang, Savannah College of Ar..

Category : The Harrian Student Made Handb ..

 

Illustrator, Photoshop, Wacom, Mac technology were used to create this bag.

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Tian Lan, Ahh Boo, Parsons The New School for Desi..

Category : The Harrian Student Made Handb ..

 

Inspired by traditional Chinese 24 Solar Terms and Tian Lan’s dogs.

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YI-HAN LU, Golden Cure, London College of Fashion,..

Category : The Harrian Student Made Handb ..

 

This bag is one of YI-HAN LU’s collection inspired by the guerrilla architecture in Taiwan, which reveals its own historical evolution both in the architecture and social fields, and represents the local aesthetics. YI-HAN LU intergraded aspects from fashion

Category: The BROTHER Best Handmade Handbag

Bags in this category can be made by hand, machine sewn, crocheted or knitted. Winner will also receive an opportunity to work with the Brother International Corporation, the prominent sewing machine company in the craft industry.

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Tatum Diamond, Tatum Diamond London, UK

Category : The BROTHER Best Handmade Hand ..

 

Tatum selects her leather from a local London supplier. She hand cuts all the elements before assembling the bag with its lined statement ‘Diamond’ motif. One of the key design features is the innovative clutch handle at the back,

Erika McKelvey, Erika Lynn, USA

Category : The BROTHER Best Handmade Hand ..

 

The process begins with designing and drawing her own patterns, choosing the perfect leather combinations, cutting the leather hides by hand, stitching with an industrial sewing machine, shaping, and hammering. These traditional techniques and handwork go into the beauty

Towana Phillip, To’sha, USA

Category : The BROTHER Best Handmade Hand ..

 

All To’sha bags are 100% handmade. From cutting the pattern to the hole punching, that allows to close the bag with handmade leather piping. Each bag is adorned with hand sculpted leather balls that is the driving force behind

Adan Ballou, Adam French, Canada

Category : The BROTHER Best Handmade Hand ..

 

This bag is made from deerskin leather that I tanned myself using traditional indigenous techniques. The lining was sewn with a walking foot sewing machine. The outer edges are braided by hand with a four string round braid. During

Andrea Melendez, Andrea Melendez, Puerto Rico

Category : The BROTHER Best Handmade Hand ..

 

This is an all around gusset bag that was made using veg-tan. All the stitching was done by hand as well as all the details in it which were hand painted with leather paint.

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Category: The Piñatex Best Green Handbag

All bags submitted in this category are made of renewable, organic, or recycled materials. Winner will also receive an opportunity to work with a Piñatex, the makers of pineapple leather by Ananas Anam, one of the top eco-fashion brands in the industry.

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Arletti Del Aguila, MANTA, Peru

Category : The Piñatex Best Green Handba ..

 

This tote bag is an upcycled product. The material used in this bag is JUTE and the lining is made from TOCUYO, coarse cotton fabric. This bag has been made from jute bags that were used in the transportation

Charlotte Bingham-Wallis and Maria Costa, FROM BEL..

Category : The Piñatex Best Green Handba ..

 

From Belo, stands firmly rooted in the belief that kindness is a daily practice that supports, and elevates our local and global communities. From Belo proudly works with impeccably skilled artisans to create ethical fashion using reclaimed materials that

Ratna Ho, Fraenck, The Netherlands

Category : The Piñatex Best Green Handba ..

 

Fraenck’s design inspiration comes from the materials they find. While making the bag, they listen to the materials. Joy and humor plays a big role as a source of inspiration. Although they don’t believe in timelessness, they try to

Mariella Livia Schmid, Tdc by Mariella Livia Schmi..

Category : The Piñatex Best Green Handba ..

 

Mariella’s design inspiration was to create not only an eco-friendly bag – but also a classic, elegant and timeless everyday crossbody – wicker bag.

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Un Jung Lee, Un Jung Bags, USA

Category : The Piñatex Best Green Handba ..

 

Un Jung Lee gets his inspiration while she creates her art, and he likes to combine Korean and western influence together because it is the makeup of who she is. Her art is strongly inspired by her childhood memories

Category: The Global Goods Partners Most Socially Responsible Handbag

All entries in this category must meet specific ethical and moral standards with regards to production, employment and philanthropy – all while impacting the local culture. Winner will work in partnership with Global Goods Partners and one of the artisan communities with which GGP works to fabricate an exclusive handbag designed by this year’s winner. GGP will offer the handbag on GGP’s website and promote it extensively through GGP’s social media and other outlets.

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Charlotte Bingham-Wallis and Maria Costa, FROM BEL..

Category : The Global Goods Partners Most ..

 

From Belo, stands firmly rooted in the belief that kindness is a daily practice that supports, and elevates our local and global communities. From Belo proudly works with impeccably skilled artisans to create ethical fashion using reclaimed materials that

Veronica Race, Borboleta, Made in Thailand, Thaila..

Category : The Global Goods Partners Most ..

 

Veronica Race are socially responsible because they choose sustainable material like scientific leather (100% microfiber). They are durable, waterproof and lightweight (30% lighter than leather). Veronica Race bags are cruelty-free and PETA-approved vegan. They also donate parts of the

Brad Jeffery, MADE BY FREE WOMEN, Made in India, U..

Category : The Global Goods Partners Most ..

 

MADE BY FREE WOMEN brand bags are socially responsible because they provide life-changing jobs to women vulnerable to human trafficking and extreme poverty in the region of the world with the most poverty and slavery. Every bag is handmade

Mila De Campos, L’autre Sac, Made in Colombi..

Category : The Global Goods Partners Most ..

 

Mila De Campos’ workshop in Colombia is located in a traditional working-class neighborhood  in the south-west of Bogota. Known for centuries for its tradition of leather goods and shoemaking, these lively streets make up one of the oldest neighborhoods 

Karima Bidar, ISLI, Made in Morocco, France

Category : The Global Goods Partners Most ..

 

Isli bags are socially responsible because they work in partnership with a rehab workshop specialized in leather goods, led by Karim. They offer this workshop to isolated widows and unemployed people to have financial independence through training in leather

Category: The Cult Belt Bag Inspired by Nine West

From sketch to actual bag, designers must utilize a creative way to design a waist bag for day-to-night. Winner will garner the opportunity to potentially collaborate with the Nine West Handbag Design Team using the winning bag as inspiration.

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Rashi Agarwal, Raff, India

Category : The Cult Belt Bag Inspired by ..

 

Rashi works exclusively with leather and is trained in leather design, hence why he chose the same for the bag for Nine West as well.

It also makes the bag look clean and polished, which is very much the

Alyssa Fishenden, Aly Chantal, USA

Category : The Cult Belt Bag Inspired by ..

 

Alyssa selected a faux-leather vinyl fabric to work with because it tends to hold its shape well and it is a material she feels comfortable working with. She normally works with this material because it is durable and waterproof.

Yujin Kim, VALO, Korea

Category : The Cult Belt Bag Inspired by ..

 

Yujin chose B.B.G(Base Ball Gloves) cow leather because it’s strong but has soft exterior and gold metal buckles that go well with the color. He usually works with a lot of different materials like silk, patches, various cow leathers

Brandon Blackwood

Category : The Cult Belt Bag Inspired by ..

 

For Brandon this isn’t a standard waist bag in any sense. It is far from the classic shape of a waist bag and in turn, becomes its own original piece. It can be worn day to night because of

Haley Fila, Haley Fila, USA

Category : The Cult Belt Bag Inspired by ..

 

This bag is perfect for daytime shopping. Any outfit would go well with the colors- the bag could be your statement piece, or it can be toned down by a bolder-styled outfit. It is perfect for going out at

Category: The Aimee Kestenberg “Self-Love” Inspired Handbag

From sketch to actual bag, designers must create a crossbody inspired by personal empowerment, effortless style and the journey to self-love. Winner will garner the opportunity to potentially collaborate with the Aimee Kestenberg Handbag Design Team using the winning bag as inspiration; receive a one on one strategy meeting; be featured on Aimee Kestenberg Social Platforms; receive a finished professionally made sample of the final bag design; and be considered for an apprenticeship with The Affordable Luxury Group in New York City.

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Maria Duque, Marigaby Designs, Venezuela

Category : The Aimee Kestenberg “Self-L ..

 

The meaning of a powerful woman mostly means being dynamic, having a purpose and supporting other women on their way. Self-love, among other things, means unconditional love, acceptance, self-confidence and commitment to your self-care and well-being. Based on that,

Mayra Martinez Spencer, Mayra Martinez Spencer, Ve..

Category : The Aimee Kestenberg “Self-L ..

 

Mayra believes self-love is a practice many people overlook. We all have done it at one point in our life where we neglect, or we are too hard on ourselves. Mayra thinks it is essential always to practice self-care

Nicole Holstein, House of Holstein, USA

Category : The Aimee Kestenberg “Self-L ..

 

This design is a self love journey that we all need to undergo but unfortunately sometimes neglect. Nicole selected the base of the bag to be red because it is bold and eye catching. She wants the wearer to

Paola Palacio, Paola Palacio, Colombia

Category : The Aimee Kestenberg “Self-L ..

 

Paola’s personal aesthetic is based on using color as a tool to transform women emotions. She focuses on moving details like fringes and is inspired by women who build the world and female artisans who work with yarn in

Eda Aguilar, Eda Lourdes, Puerto Rico

Category : The Aimee Kestenberg “Self-L ..

These days Eda is all about self love, feeling free and light! She chose the micro cross bag to be out and about with her essentials to meet friends, see a show, go dancing or just get lost on the

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