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Handbag Designer 101 is a wonderful platform for handbag designers to use as a resource.  It gives a wonderful opportunity for independent handbag designers to have a chance to win the IHDAwards.  They recently announced The 7th Annual IHDA Finalists on InStyle.com and I was thrilled and honored to be one of them! The ‘Jayel Bond’ Crossbody was chosen for the Best Handmade Handbag Category sponsored by The Brother.

sideview
sideview

My favorite part of this bag is the side view.  As I was making the flap I created vertical loops to exagerate the volume of the lines.  It is the minor details that really makes me smile.

chess
chess

The initial inspiration for this bag was from the game of chess played in Union Square.  I am inspired by all the graphic elements and shapes found in New York City.

Each finalist had to create a short video about themselves, their bag and their inspiration.  Here is mine… Hope you enjoy!

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Please vote for the Jayel Bond Crossbody for the Fan Favorite Award on InStyle.com – the voting will take place until May 29th.  The winners for each category will be announced on June 19th and will be honored with Rafe Totengco the Iconoclast Award for being a standout in the handbag industry.  Crossing Fingers till then!