Over two weeks ago we attended the annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at the SVA Theatre in New York. The international handbag competition had over 1,500 applicants and we were honored to be nominated as a finalist for TWO categories!
Last year we won the Best Handmade Handbag Category sponsored by Brother Sews and this year we were a finalist for the same category with Bernina as the sponsor. The second category was the Distinctly Denim by Guess Handbags where they chose five finalist from sketches and each finalist had 3 weeks to make the bag from their sketch. It was a great opportunity to be part of this Independent Handbag community again and to be featured on InStyle.com where fans can vote for their fan favorite.
The night before the Award Ceremony, several finalists got together to mingle and break the ice. It was great to get to know the talented designers and hear about all the different places they traveled from. Everyone was very supportive and we made new friends from around the world.
The big night which took place on June 18th, 2014 was exciting as always. Even if we were not chosen as the winner this year we were so happy for all the winners and so thankful to Emily Blumenthal for building this wonderful community. We will continue to create, inspire and dream big thanks to platforms like IHDA that allows emerging designers to get recognition in this way.