Excess Baggage: The Handbag Awards 2012

Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012


Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012
Although it was slightly overshadowed by a plug for InStyle Magazine and Kenneth Cole “productions”, the 2012 Independent Handbag Designer Awards were held last night at the Time Life building to honor innovative staple accessories imagined by a group of small fish in a very overwhelmingly large pond.

Kenneth Cole at the Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012

Described as the handbag fairy godmother, Emily Blumenthal organized the event which welcomed InStyle Managing Editor Ariel Foxman among other craft-friendly guests. She humbly asked the audience the rhetorical question: “Without these events how would we ever find these designers?”

Carlos Falchi Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012

2012 Independent Handbag Designer Awards also partnered with Ebags which is now Handbags.com, which I see is an attempt to go over the heads of handbag giant Zappos.com . Hopefully they can strike a chord with the small business advocates in the audience as they will be the preferred platform to sell the emerging handbag designers’ creations.
Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012

My personal favorite was the aqua colored Farah clutch (above) by the gorgeous Iranian-American sisters of the Ita Collection. It stole my heart–and first prize for best overall handbag.

See a list of the 2012 Independent Handbag Designer Award Winners here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s