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Calling all aspiring eco fashion designers.  Here is an opportunity to enter the world of style.  Did you know that “green” is the new black?

What: The 2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards™ Now With Matching Shoes

Handbag Designer 101 presents the Third Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™, the only handbag (and now shoe) design competition of its kind in the world applications process is now open.

Who: All finalists will be invited to participate in the Third Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™ that will take place on June 17, 2009, at the New York Historical Society in New York City. Over 500 members of the fashion industry, including press and retailers, will attend the Independent Handbag Designer Awards™.

A Judging Panel consisting of Famed Handbag Designer and 2007 IHDA Lifetime Achievement Recipient of 2007, Carlos Falchi, Lisa Smilor (Associate Director for the Council of Fashion Designers of America:CFDA), Stephan Toljan, (CCB Vice President Market Management of Swarovski), Devi Kroell (Creative Director for Devi Kroell), Katie Hoy (Trade Marketing Manager for Singer Sewing Company), Tina Aldatz (President of Foot Petals), Meghan Cleary (Miss Meghan: America’s Shoe Expert) and Julia Poteat (Assistant Professor of Fashion Methods for Parsons The New School for Design) will decide who has the “Top Handbag and Shoe Design” and select a winner from each respective category.

Why: Designers will win the opportunity to avail of a wide array of prizes.  While the prizes span across many different categories, we are specifically interested in announcing the two prizes for ‘eco’ designers:

  • Best Green Handbag: Win the chance to work with top Green brand and develop a collaborative product
  • Most Socially Responsible Handbag: Win recognition on the world-wide platform for creating a beautiful bag that impacts a local culture

The 2009 IDHA will be held at the The New-York Historical Society on June 17th, 2009. To submit your design, visit the application page.

Click here to learn more about this unique opportunity.

Image credit: Handbagdesigner101.com

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