With less than a week away, the preliminary judging panel will be meeting here in New York this coming Sunday to determine finalists for the 8th Annual IHDA (Independent Handbag Designer Awards). I’m happy to report that I will be on the panel this year, yet again. I can not wait to see what designers have in-store for us. Along with discovering new names, what tends to really excite me are those who create beautifully crafted bags that bring originality to the market. If you haven’t entered, there’s still time to apply. Curious to see which bags standout? Follow the #HandbagAwards, myself and the others via Instagram & Twitter to stay up-to-date.