Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2011 Independent Handbag Designer
Award Winners

Bag made from over 1,000 recycled pop tabs.  Image: Time Inc. Digital Studio
I have a thing about unique and beautiful purses, totes and handbags....and I know I am not alone.  I love following trends in handbag design and awards are given out every year to notable and new bag designers.

The Fifth Annual 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Awards were just announced and there were some stunning designs that took top honors.  These awards are sponsored by InStyle Magazine and Handbag Designer 101 and take place in New York City each year. According to Accessories Magazine, there were 40 featured finalists and handbags which were ultimately narrowed down to 1200. Designers from all over the world took part in this competition, and there were a total of nine categories.

The "Audience Fan Favorite Award" was voted on by InStyle Readers, and after over 334,500 votes were tallied this award went to Neide Ambrosio Martins de Souza (her amazing bag seen above), a 69 year old designer from Brazil.  Her bag featured over 1,000 recycled pop tabs, and it was also given "The Most Socially Responsible Award".

Here are a few of the other winners:
image: Time Inc. Digital Studio
The "Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design" went to the Fabriola Pedrazzini of Milan, with this tan lambskin leather bag priced at $700.

image: Time Inc. Digital Studio

"Red Carpet Evening Bag Award": Clara Kasavina and Misha Berger for Clara Kasavina.

image: Time Inc. Digital Studio
"Best Student Hand Made Handbag Inspired by the Colors of VitaminWater": by Kaitlyn Doherty

"Best Handmade Handbag":  by Diego Rocha

"Best Green Handbag" by Belinda Pasqua for Sway

"Best Use of Swarovski Elements" by Lorna  Nixon (photo courtesy of the designer)

To see more images of the winners follow the links below:

Accessories Magazine
InStyle Magazine
Handbag Designer 101


  1. over the moon in love with these bags...need a larger closet stat

  2. I am with you, Maureen! Got my eye on Diego Rocha's stunning red leather number... :)

  3. True. These bags are incredible!
    Thank you so much for the note. I will show your blog to Mrs. Neide Ambrosio. She is still over the moon with the event. Best wishes ladies.

  4. Thank you, Liliane! Mrs. Neide Ambrosio's unique and beautiful bag is stunning. Please give her my regards!