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Independent Handbag Design Awards: Preliminary Judging

10 May 2011, 15.48 | Posted in bags, contest | No comments »

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Samia and I last week were honored to represent Timberland as preliminary judges for the 5th Annual Independent Handbag Design Awards, sponsored by InStyle magazine. It’s a meaningful event to us because extending a hand to the up and comers is one of our favorite parts of editing Highsnobette.

The sentiment is the same for one-woman-handbag dynamo and the event host, Emily Blumenthal (who could have a side career as a stand-up comic–she is truly that funny), who launched the event in 2006 to help advance the careers of independent handbag designers. At the preliminary event, we viewed slides of over 1,000 bags submitted in eight different award categories from designers worldwide.

Above is an example of one eye-catching entry, a Chuck Taylor handbag by Darren Wallace, who entered it in the “Best Green Handbag” category. You can view many more of the entries here. Winners will be chosen on June 15th held in New York City.