Sketch Images by Finalists:
Ana Niculae - 2011 Finalist . Artisan House Award by Isabella Fiore |  Kiki Ito - 2010 Finalist .  Best Use of Crystallized Swarovski Elements

HandbagDesigner101 invites you to compete in the 8th 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 seven awards in handbag excellence, international recognition and a variety of coveted prizes at the Handbag Awards ceremony held in New York City.  To learn more about each category and requirements, visit their website here
Final date to submit your designs: April 26, 2014 at 11:59pm EST
The Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design
Winner will receive a booth at WWDMAGIC, the opportunity to have their line carried at Bloomingdale’s and a feature in the September issue of InStyle.
The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag
Winner will garner the opportunity to become a Brand Ambassador to demonstrate Optitex 3D technology as well as a prestigious Internship in one of our major customers dedicated to 3d Optitex workout software for one year with an iPad an master training.
The BERNINA Best Handmade Handbag
Winner will receive the BERNINA 560 sewing machine (with a retail value of $5,000.) In addition, they will win the prestigious opportunity to be an Ambassador for BERNINA in creating blogs and projects for BERNINA social media and We All Sew Blog.
The Timberland Best Green Handbag
Winner will receive the chance to have their product for sale in the Timberland stores.
The FEED Most Socially Responsible Handbag
Winner will receive a feature with on FEEDprojects.com
Distinctly Denim by Guess Handbags
Winner will garner an amazing opportunity to have their bag sold on Guess.com, work alongside our handbag designer at our atelier in Florence, Italy as well as receive a feature in the September issue of InStyle. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this handbag will go to the Guess Foundation’s Peace Over Violence and their Denim Day L.A. and USA on April 23, 2015 by making a social statement with your fashion statement by wearing denim for a purpose.
Audience Fan Favorite Handbag
Based on Finalists Selected hosted by InStyle.com. 
All Winners will be featured in the September issue of InStyle.