The Independent Handbag Designer Awards is accepting submissions through April 15th. Finalists will be invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at the New York Historical Society on June 18, 2008. At that time, winners will be announced in the following categories:

– Best student made handbag

– Most socially responsible handbag

– Best handmade handbag

– Best green handbag

– Best in overall style and design

– Audience favorite

I’m not sure if there’s an entry fee, but it doesn’t look like it – at least, there isn’t one mentioned in the preliminary entry guidelines. That’s no guarantee though – you have to upload images and enter all your info to get past the first page of the submission form.

  • There is no fee to apply which was on purpose and the application process takes all of 5 minutes. You upload 1 image which is what you are judged on followed by 5 short answer questions on the next page. Since there is no other handbag competition out there like this especially with prizes of getting an apprenticeship at Henri Bendel, having your bags in their window, selling your wares on Bag, Borrow or and even winning a free booth at Magic – every handbag designer out there should apply.

    Good luck!

  • Thanks Emily!

    Let’s get some SF-ers into this competition!