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8th Annual Indepdendent Handbag Designer Awards

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.


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2012 IHDA’s Winners Featured in Instyle’s September Issue

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I recently was invited to be on the preliminary judging panel for the 2012 IHDA (Independent Handbag Designer Awards) hosted by Handbag Designer 101 & Instyle Magazine this past June.  This was my second year in a row judging and I have to say this is one project I enjoy being apart every year.  Chosen winners received a feature in Instyle’s 2012 September Issue for which I thought I would share with you all, especially since my favorite latin diva Jennifer Lopez graces the cover.   Another congratulations to all the winners and I look forward to seeing you in the stores and on the red carpet in the near future.

To find out what bag I think could be on red carpet, watch some highlight from the 2012 IHDA Awards below.

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Let the Judging Begin!

This Sunday, I will be venturing off to the Hyatt 48 Lex here in New York to begin the judging process of the 6th Annual Handbag Designer Awards hosted by Handbag Designer 101.  A very fun and long day ahead me, I’m most excited about previewing the next big names when it comes to THE must-have accessory.

Last year’s big winner was Clara Kasavina, who submitted this gem for the Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag category.  I can remember sitting at the table a bit bored and BAM the whole room gasped with excitement.  We all knew we had found a diamond in the rough (literally).

Their win resulted in a feature in September’s Issue of Instyle Magazine, and you can now find them in just about any major retailer, editorial, or red carpet.

I myself absolutely love pulling them for celebrity clients.  Supermodel Coco Rocha fell in love with this crystal minaudiere and ring which she wore to the 2011 WGSN Global Fashion Awards held here in New York.

Who will be this year’s winner?

Follow me on Twitter @Styleexpert00 for  live tweets and updates this Sunday, April 29th from the Hyatt 48 Lex New York.

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