Handbag Designer 101 invites you to compete in the Sixth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Handbag Designer 101 invites you to compete in the 6th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, the only handbag competition of its kind in the world. This is your opportunity to submit your handbag and compete for one of nine awards in handbag excellence, international recognition and a variety of coveted prizes at the awards ceremony held at the Time & Life Building on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012.

To participate in the open call, you are required to upload one digital jpeg image any one or more of the following categories:

Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design – Winner will receive a booth at WWDMAGIC, the opportunity to develop a capsule collection for Saks Fifth Avenue, a free trip to Bogotá, Colombia to visit the International Footwear and Leather Show and a collaboration with 2012 ICONOCLAST Recipient Kenneth Cole.

Handbags.com Best Student Made Handbag – Winner will receive the opportunity to design a collection for Handbags.com’s successful private label leather line, Piazza Handbags.

Best Handmade Handbag – Winner will receive a designer feature on Singer Sewing Company’s website and Facebook as well as a full Singer Sewing Studio with all the items a designer needs to be successful as well as a pattern collaboration with the Simplicity Creative Group.

Best Green Handbag – Winner will receive the chance to collaborate with Timberland & Amorim Cork Composites to develop a product for sale made of cork in its stores.  (You even get free cork samples to make your bag!)

Most Socially Responsible Handbag – Winner will receive a marketing feature with The Patron Spirits Company.

Audience Fan Favorite Handbag – Based on Finalists Selected hosted by InStyle.com.

All winners will be featured in the September issue of InStyle magazine. For more information visit www.handbagdesigner101.com or www.hbd101.com.  The deadline for entry is Friday, April 28, 2012.

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